Sister Ruth Handren, Former Mercy Medical Center Administrator, Celebrates 100th Birthday

October 27, 2020
Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

Sister Ruth Handren, who served from 1959 to 1963 as Administrator for Mercy Medical Center – Mercy Hospital at the time – reaches the century mark as she celebrates her 100th birthday on Friday, Nov. 13th, 2020. Born in Norristown, PA, the fifth of six children, Sister Ruth entered the Sisters religious community in 1943 after receiving her R.N. degree the year before. Sister Ruth would go on to earn a B.S. in nursing and then her MSW in the eight following years. She ministered in Maryland, Georgia and Alabama. Sister Ruth is one of the 16 Sisters of Mercy who are honored on the faces of the light towers located at the front entrance to The Mary Catherine Bunting Center. Her photo may also be found in Mercy Bunting Center’s Skywalk Atrium.

 According to Sister Elaine Sebera, RSM, Community Life Coordinator at Mercy Springwell, the assisted living facility in Baltimore where Sister Ruth resides, Sister Ruth is “an avid reader, has great sense of humor, loves her black coffee and has a most wonderful smile!” 

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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