LIMA — About 260 Lima-area community members gathered to honor the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s annual Mercy Club Reception Wednesday at Lima-Allen County Paramedics.
The Sisters of Mercy were awarded the Mercy Club Award Wednesday evening for their decades of service with Mercy Health-St. Rita’s and the community. This award has been presented each year to a community member who has been instrumental in helping the community.
“Sister Catherine McAuley sent us on that journey in the 1800s, and you’re on that journey with us many years afterwards,” said Sisters of Mercy Sister Rita Mary Wasserman. “We are standing on the shoulders of those women who have gone ahead and who we will meet in heaven with our gifts. Thank you for your love, your support and know that you are serving, helping us at St. Rita’s to serve which couldn’t have been done without your help.”
Bob Baxter, president & CEO for both Mercy Health Toledo and Lima regions, said that he was both honored to be walking in the footsteps of the Sisters of Mercy and committed to fulfilling their legacy.
“Throughout my reflection, it has become clear to me that this legacy lives in each and every Sister of Mercy who have spent their lives walking in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley,” said Baxter. “This legacy also lives in each and every St. Rita’s team member who understand the gifts of the community.”
Dale Gisi, with Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, believes that the foundresses would be impressed and proud of all of the innovative work done by the medical center over the last 100 years to improve the community.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s is recognized as the primary stroke center in the region and for its neuroscience and behavioral/mental health programs, which have continued to grow, Gisi said.
“There are definitely areas of specialties and sub-specialties that Lima could not support on its own, Toledo may not be able to support on its own, but together we can and bring world-class care to our region,” said Gisi. “While we are busy celebrating our centennial year we are committed to making the next 100 years as impactful within our community as our first: fulfilling the mission that was set forth by our sisters so long ago.”
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