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Mercy Touch Magazine Summer 2017 coverSummer 2017

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 Sound Decision article

A Sound Decision

A dizzy spell prompted Luverne Druecker, 80, to visit his family doctor, Bradley Beer, MD, at MercyCare Blairs Ferry. Concerned about possible inner ear issues, Dr. Beer referred him to Aaron Benson, MD, at Mercy Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic. Read more on page 4.

Teamwork Hits the Target article

Teamwork Hits the Target

Tummy aches are a common childhood complaint, but what Gabriel Fairchild was experiencing was beyond an ache. The 10-year-old could not seem to shake ongoing stomach pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Read more on page 7.

A Heartfelt Homerun article

A Heartfelt Homerun

It was two days before Vance Nunemaker's son, Tyler, would pitch for Prairie High School in the state championship baseball game. Vance shrugged off some danger signs his body was sending, attributing them to a case of the jitters. Read more on page 10.

Coming Home to Mercy article

Coming Home to Mercy

Harold "Red" Drew, 59, had a swollen lymph node on his neck in June 2016. Two rounds of antibiotics later, it was still there and more had popped up. When his dentist raised concerns, Red decided it was time to switch physicians. Read more on page 12.

Partial Knee: Whole Life article

Partial Knee: Whole Life

Sue Harrington, 67, is a go-getter. She's an avid walker, teaches exercise class, golfs, volunteers at a local care center and does her best to keep up with six grandchildren. A painful left knee just didn't have a place in her busy schedule. Read more on page 16.

Holding the Light article

Holding the Light

Carol Dolezal's career was at a crossroads in 2010. The Alameda, Calif., resident was working in the Middle East as a mission coworker and fund developer for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The work wasn't going to last. Read more on page 18.

Recording the Past article

Recording the Past: Enlightening the Future

Linn-Mar seniors and Mercy volunteers Jennifer Jenks, 18, and Mary Claire Henricksen, are co-directors of their school's writing center. They tutor fellow students in all types of writing. Read more on page 21.