Darby, PA (May 7, 2015): Two nurses and a physical therapist from Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital were honored at the 2015 Healthcare Heroes Luncheon hosted by Main Line Today magazine today. Mary Kieh, RN, Suzanne Hipple, RN and Kathy Coultes, PT are three of 10 local healthcare professionals who are recognized for devoting their time, resources and expertise to improve the lives and well-being of others.
“We applaud Mary and Suzanne’s tireless efforts to create access to quality healthcare in impoverished communities abroad, as well as Kathy’s dedication to ensuring local children have a safe environment to play and be active,” says Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Executive Director Susan Cusack. “These women truly deserve to be called Healthcare Heroes. We at Mercy are proud to work alongside them.”
Kieh is a nurse who hails from Liberia and has worked at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for 12 years. Having experience in both the Liberian and American healthcare systems, she saw the great disparity that Liberian patients faced due to limited healthcare resources. She saw that people are needlessly dying not only from the Ebola virus, but also of other diseases that would otherwise be treated effectively in the Western world. She made it her goal to build the Robert Moore Memorial Healthcare Center (in memory of her brother) as a way to provide access to health services for 20,000 residents in the surrounding communities. To date, Kieh and her husband have financed this project entirely on their own, acquiring the land and building the center, which is now nearing completion.
Hipple has been a nurse in the Emergency Department at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for nearly 27 years. As part of their church, Hipple and her children have embarked on yearly mission trips to help those in most need. In February 2014, upon arriving in a severely impoverished village in the Dominican Republic, she and her children got right to work. They helped set up an eye clinic and assisted with conducting over 300 visual acuity exams within the village as well as neighboring towns; her two twin sons helped build a playground for the children of the village; and her youngest daughter instructed children and adults, helping to teach them English.
Coultes is a physical therapist and a clinical specialist in pediatrics who has been treating patients at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for nearly 20 years. She provides care for children on an outpatient basis, treating them at their homes and even assessing their homes to ensure safety and accessibility. Recently, she volunteered to help the William Penn School District in building playgrounds for three elementary schools, using her expertise to ensure that students would be able to safely utilize and enjoy the new playgrounds.
This is the second year in a row that Main Line Today magazine has recognized employees of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital as Healthcare Heroes. In 2014, Patient Access Representative Sarajane Johnsen; Sister Anna Marino, a nurse and midwife who teaches childbirth and parenting classes; and Chief Paramedic and Director of Pre-Hospital Services Larry Smythe were honored for their work in the community.
The 2015 Healthcare Heroes are featured in the May issue of Main Line Today, out on newsstands now. To learn more about the Healthcare Heroes, visit www.mainlinetoday.com.