LIMA — Ten red doors that create a pathway through Mercy Health-St. Rita’s history can now be spotted around Lima, a project that helps celebrate the medical center’s centennial year.
The inspiration behind the project was “The Door of Mercy,” a poem written by Sister Mercy Wickham, one of the original Sisters of Mercy.
“The poem talks about how the Door of Mercy is double hinged — meaning both ways,” said Beth Keehn, director of community relations at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s. “So those of us at Mercy Health know that we are providing mercy for our patients, but we also feel like as employees we receive mercy by being able to do that work.”
Through the help of Apollo Career Center Building and Renovations Instructor Ron Wise and his students, the doors were built and placed throughout Lima. Inside each door there are photos and a panel with information.
“Each one highlights a different era of St. Rita’s. Some of them have very historic pictures and some are more modern,” said Keehn. “It gives you a full glimpse of our 100-year history in town.”
The doors will remain around town until the Mercy Health-St. Rita’s community celebration June 9. The event will be from 10 a.m. o 2 p.m. in the St. Rita’s parking lot at 751 W. Market St. There will be family friendly activities, free lunch, fitness exercises and a temporary museum.
“Come on down and see what it’s about,” said Keehn.
As the medical center prepares for the community event, there will be changes in the parking lots which may cause a heavier traffic flow. There will be signs in place to help direct traffic.
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