In this segment of the KSMU Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky tells us about an anniversary celebration in Springfield that's expected to result in many hours of volunteer time for the community.

Mercy Springfield is getting ready to celebrate its 125th year.  When an organization celebrates a big anniversary, they’ll often host special events, there might be cake involved, but an idea to celebrate THIS anniversary will benefit the entire community.


A project at Mercy to track implanted medical devices has the backing of the Food and Drug Administration.  A grant recently awarded to Mercy by the FDA could amount to $5.2 million in funding over the next three years.  The cooperative agreement supports the development of a new medical device evaluation system.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

It’s hard enough for families with loved ones in the hospital without also worrying about where they’re going to stay that’s not too far away.  One woman who spent consecutive nights in a waiting room is working to provide a home away from home for families of Mercy patients.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Nearly two years ago, Kathy Penrod, who lives in Illinois, got a call that her dad, Jim, had been admitted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  Family members rushed to be with him.

Say you're a Midwestern farmer in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery or a major illness. It's time for the nurse's check-in, but there's no knock on the door.

At Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, a camera attached to the wall over the foot of the bed whirls around, as a video monitor next to the camera lights up to show a smiling face with a headset on.

"Good afternoon, this is Jeff with SafeWatch," the smiling face says. "Just doing my afternoon rounds."

More than 100 Mercy Springfield employees are without jobs.   Mercy has eliminated 347 positions system wide—127 are in Springfield.

Leader positions make up 178 of the total jobs affected, according to Mercy.  It says the majority of non-leader positions are “non-clinical care roles that are part of Mercy’s revenue management department.”

In a statement from Mercy, the healthcare system says the positions eliminated in Springfield are in a variety of departments and services.