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The Mercy Touch® Magazine

Mercy Touch Magazine Summer 2016 coverSummer 2016

The Mercy Touch magazine features insightful and practical medical information, warm human interest stories, medical triumphs, medical breakthroughs and new technologies at Mercy Medical Center. Sign up to get it in the mail.

A Nurse in the Making article

A Nurse in the Making

Sixteen-year-old Emma Parker has a special way with children. The Cedar Rapids Washington High School junior has a natural ability to calm scared kids. They trust her. They should. She knows what being sick is like. Read more on page 4.

The Faces of Mercy

The Faces of Mercy

The day before Thanksgiving 2014 is a day Mercy Intensive Care Center Nurse Jennifer Somerville will never forget. In her care that morning was an elderly woman with a raging infection and, unfortunately, a grim prognosis. Read more on page 7.

Walter and family

Welcoming Walter

While many were preparing holiday celebrations last December, Marla and Nic Berry were preparing for the birth of their first child – a son. Right on time, 30-year-old Marla went into labor at home in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. Read more on page 8.

Racing for a Reason article

Racing for a Reason

With its 25th anniversary now in the books, the Especially for You® (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer is moving forward into a new quarter century with renewed focus and ambition. Read more on page 11.

Jodi Houser

Cherishing Life's Moments

July 9, 2015, was a day like any other for then 45-year-old Jodi Houser. She ran a few errands in Cedar Rapids and treated herself to a massage before starting the drive home to Walker. Then, in an instant, everything changed. Read more on page 12.

New specialty clinics

2 New Specialty Clinics, 2 New Choices for Better Health

Because meeting your changing needs is our top priority, Mercy opened two new specialty clinics this summer, giving you greater access to the quality healthcare you deserve. Read more Bariatric Surgery and Ear, Nose & Throat clinics on page 15. 

Carole & Mick Butz

Lights in the Darkness

Jeanette Ernst has made it through half a dozen procedures and close brushes with death. But, it’s her 1992 battle with colon cancer that still haunts her today. Read more on page 16.