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A Life & Legacy: Sister Mary Lawrence 100 Years Tribute

During a busy day or the quiet of a long night, she was there - a presence for all inside that they were being watched over and cared for with The Mercy Touch. For more than 60 years, Sister Mary Lawrence tended her Mercy flock - patients, families, physicians, Mercy employees - all who walked through the hospital doors.

Born in 1910, her life of 89 years spanned decades of change in health care, and her legacy continues with us today. The buildings she erected are visible evidence. The improvements and innovations in medical care she introduced formed the foundation for Mercy's national recognition. Yet to view her in terms of brick and mortar and these accomplishments alone would overlook the deep faith and indomitable spirit that made her such a remarkable woman. In quiet moments, largely unrecorded, she offered hope and consolation to thousands of patients, families, medical staff and hospital employees. She gave instructions to be called at any time night or day to the bedside of dying patients and she made those sad visits for more than 60 years at Mercy Hospital.

As Sister said, "Mercy is my hospital,'' and it remains so today as an independent, local medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy; an innovator and provider of quality care to all in need.

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