LIMA — Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.
To mark the occasion, there was a community celebration in the parking lot across from the facility.
“It was 100 years ago that the Sisters of Mercy came to Lima and responded to a call of need for the community. When they came, all they had was their drive and their commitment and their compassion, and they were able to start a ministry that has lasted 100 years. They actually opened up before the hospital was ready to take care of the pandemic flu in 1918, so today is an opportunity for us to celebrate the legacy that was left by our physicians, the sisters, the staff and our associates during that time frame, and also a chance to look forward to the next 100 years in how we continue that commitment to the community and to the individuals in the community that we serve,” said Bob Baxter, President and CEO of Mercy Health, Lima and Toledo Regions.
This is also a chance to reflect back on what things were like when the hospital was first built and how the facility has grown throughout the last century.
“We’ve had the chance to go back through the historic photos and just kind of realize the significant changes, the building, the organization has gone through from that standpoint. Certainly, you can see addition after addition, but it’s really about what stayed the same, and what has stayed the same is the commitment that the people who are associated with St. Rita’s have to the health and well-being of the community and the community members,” said Baxter.
A ceremony was held to mark the occasion with State Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and Sharetta Smith, Chief of Staff for the City of Lima, who both presented proclamations marking the 100-year anniversary of the founding of St. Rita’s in Lima.
The community celebration included family-friendly activities and entertainment including games, a touch-a-truck area, balloon art and exercise and cooking demonstrations.
Lifeflight also landed on the property to give people a chance to look at the air ambulance.
A free box lunch was also available to those in attendance.
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