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December 30, 2013

Mercy Philadelphia Surgeon Dr. Leon Clarke Featured on
In an article published by, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Surgeon Dr. Leon Clarke explains why hernia can keep coming back and how they can be fixed.

December 22, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mercy Fitzgerald Physical Therapist Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article on improving balance and falls. The article was contributed by one of our physical therapists – Ann Driscoll.

December 19, 2013
QSR Magazine

Mercy EMS’ Larry Smythe Featured in QSR Magazine
QSR Magazine, the leading source of information for quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants, recently interviewed Larry Smythe, director of pre-hospital services at Mercy Fitzgerald. Larry talks about CPR and other types of training for restaurant workers on how to handle medical emergencies.

December 17, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

Mercy Fitzgerald Clinical Nutrition Manager Featured in DelCo Daily Times
Mercy Fitzgerald's Clinical Nutrition Manager Melissa Barry once again gives helpful advice on managing diabetes during holiday celebrations.

December 10, 2013
Fox News

Nazareth Hospital’s Dr. Ted Eisenberg Interviewed by Fox News
Nazareth Hospital’s Ted Eisenberg, DO, and his wife, Joyce, were recently interviewed by Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez. The interview focused on the Eisenberg’s book, “The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths.”

December 8, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dr. Raziano Answers Question about Handling Grief during the Holidays
Dr. Donna Raziano answers the question, “Why are anxiety, depression, and other mixed emotions so common during holidays?” in the newspaper’s weekly column.

December 5, 2013

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s Gospel Choir Members Interviewed for Article by Catholic Health World
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM and choir members Linda Purnell and Jan Jackson were recently interviewed by Catholic Health World for an article spotlighting hospital Choirs. Mercy Philadelphia was one of a select group of hospitals featured in the article which will appear in the December 15th issue. View the MPH's Gospel Choir in performance.

November 29, 2013
Advance for Nurses

Carol Quinn of Mercy Home Health & Mercy LIFE named Health Care CEO of the Year
Carol Quinn, MSN, BSN, RN, CEO of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, was named the 2013 Healthcare CEO of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Quinn is the first woman to receive the honor.

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November 21, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dr. Raziano on Distinguishing the Differences between Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Dr. Donna Raziano explains the variations among Alzheimer’s, Dementia and having a “senior moment.”

November 20, 2013
University City Review

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Featured in University City Review
The University City Review has run an article about Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s recent Patient Safety Award for their successful antimicrobial stewardship program.

November 19, 2013
CBS Philly

Philadelphia Woman Presented with Mercy LIFE Devoted Caregiver Award
The Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program recently held its second annual Health & Wellness Expo in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. Mercy LIFE partnered with CBS3 “Talk Philly” host Pat Ciarrocchi to commemorate a deserving caregiver in the region during the event. Learn more about her story on CBS Philly.

November 17, 2013
CBS 3 & Talk Philly

Mercy LIFE Health & Wellness Expo Featured on CBS3 and the CW
CBS3 and the CW cover the 2013 Mercy LIFE Health & Wellness Expo, held on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

November 10, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CMO of Mercy Home Health & Mercy LIFE Offers Caregiver Advice
Dr. Donna Raziano lends guidance to a husband who is uncomfortable helping his wife with personal care.

October 30, 2013
DelCo Daily Times

Daily Times Article featuring Mercy Fitzgerald Cancer Care Nurse Navigator
The Delaware County Times was one of several papers across the Philadelphia area who published an article, titled “Support experts discuss journey.” The article is the final installment of a five-part series on breast cancer awareness and features Mercy Fitzgerald Oncology Nurse Navigator Joy Hepkins and our support group. See attached to read the full article.

October 27, 2013
The Philadelphia Business Journal

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Wins PBJ Patient Safety Award
Philadelphia Business Journal profiles Mercy Philadelphia’s recent win of the Patient Safety Award during during their Annual Healthcare Innovations Awards program.

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October 24, 2013

Nazareth Hospital DAISY Award Recipient Featured on
Lisa Bell, BSN, RN, CCS, of the 5NE\W Telemetry/Medical Surgical Unit, was featured in a article recognizing her for receiving the DAISY Award in the third quarter.

October 22, 2013
The Delaware County Daily Times

Mercy’s Nurse Navigation Featured in Healthy Times Article
The Delaware County Daily Times recently featured an article in their Healthy Times section on Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital's Nurse Navigation program and the benefits for cancer patients.

October 22, 2013
The Delaware County Daily Times

Daily Times Article on Mercy Fitzgerald’s Aquatic Therapy Program
Mercy Fitzgerald’s Aquatic Therapy Program was featured in a recent Healthy Times article, discussing the benefits of warm water and aquatic exercises and it's effect on musculoskeletal disorders.

October 18, 2013

Diane Robinson, MD, Article on Health Questions Women Are Afraid to Ask Doctor
Dr. Diane Robinson, gynecologist with Mercy Women’s Healthcare at Nazareth Hospital, authored an informative article on health questions women are afraid to ask their doctors for’s “Check Up” section.

October 10, 2013
University City Review

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital's Auxiliary Featured in Article
The University City Review included an article about Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Auxiliary's support of student volunteer and patient relations programs.

October 9, 2013
Westside Weekly

Westside Weekly Features Article on Successful MCMC Mercy Golf Classic
Familiar Mercy faces—MHS CEO and SVP Kathy Conallen, MPH Administrative Director Susan Cusack, MFH Executive Director Karen Javie and Mercy Hematologist/Oncologist Michael Rachshtut, MD featured in a recent Westside Weekly article on the successful Mercy Golf Classic, which netter $126,000 for Cancer Care.

October 9, 2013
The Northeast Times

Nazareth Hospital DAISY Award Recipient Featured in The Northeast Times
Lisa Bell, BSN, RN, CCS, of the 5NE\W Telemetry/Medical Surgical Unit, was featured in a Northeast Times article recognizing her for receiving the DAISY Award in the third quarter.

October 7, 2013
SmartCEO magazine

Mercy Home Health & Mercy LIFE CEO Shares her Leadership Style in SmartCEO Magazine
Carol Quinn, CEO of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), was recently featured in SmartCEO magazine. In the October 2013 edition of the publication, Quinn describes her passionate leadership style and why her approach fits the vision for her team.

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October 6, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Women's Tussle with Urine Leak
Dr. Diane Robinson, a gynecologist with Mercy Women Health Care at Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, discusses urinary tract leaks in women.

October 2, 2013
University City Review

Mercy Philadelphia Offering Walk-In Screening Mammograms on Thursdays
The University City Review published a story about the Walk-In Screening Mammograms available every Thursday at Mercy Philadelphia. Click the title to read more.

October 2013
South Philadelphia Life Magazine

Mercy LIFE Offers Activities for Seniors
Not only do the seniors at the Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program receive comprehensive health services, but they participate in an array of fun and engaging activities that promotes physical, emotional and mental wellness.

September 30, 2013
The Record

Prashanth Ramachandra Featured Discussing Governor Chris Christie’s Weight Loss
Mercy Bariatrics’ Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra was interviewed by The Record, a New Jersey Newspaper, and discussed NJ Governor Chris Christie's progress since having weight loss surgery.


Prashanth Ramachandra Weighs in on Chris Christie’s Weight Loss Progress
Mercy Bariatrics’ Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra was interviewed by NBC10 regarding NJ Governor Chris Christie’s weight loss progress since having gastric band surgery this year.

September 17, 2013

Mercy LIFE’s Director of Operations Discusses the Value of Caregivers
Molly Crumley, Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Director of Operations, was a featured guest on CBS 3’s Talk Philly to discuss the importance of caregivers taking care of themselves while caring for a loved one and how Mercy LIFE supports caregivers who have family members in the program.

September 12, 2013

Mercy Fitzgerald Urologist Bruce Sloan, MD Discusses Study on Low Testosterone
Dr. Bruce Sloane, a urologist at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital met with 6abc’s Ali Gorman to discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone and the importance of having testosterone levels checked in older men.

September 12, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Breast Imaging Services Featured in Daily Times
Delaware County Daily Times recently devoted a full page article on Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Breast Imaging Services, which featured Dr. Caroline Ho, Dr. Manila Bagherzadeh-Azar and Dr. Dimple Shah.

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September 5, 2013
The University City Review

Mercy Philadelphia's Medication Management Program Featured in UC Review
The University City Review has featured a story about Mercy Philadelphia’s successful efforts in helping patients manage their medications after discharge. This initiative—in partnership with SunRay Drugs, the University of Sciences College of Pharmacy, and Keystone First—has helped lead to a downward trend in hospital readmissions.

September 4, 2013

Mercy Fitzgerald's Cancer Care Nurse Navigator Spotlighted in Article
Joy Hepkins, RN, Cancer Care Nurse Navigator at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital was recently interviewed by on what led her to become a nurse and what led her to her current role as Nurse Navigator.

September 3, 2013

Mercy LIFE Dietary Manager Shares Best Nutrition Practices for Seniors
Mercy LIFE Dietary Manager Annette Boulden recently visited CBS 3’s Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to demonstrate how older Americans can prepare healthier, well-balanced meals. Boulden showed viewers how to transform their most beloved recipes, like tuna pasta salad, into effortless, healthful cuisines.

August 31, 2013

Nazareth Hospital Nursing Excellence Award Recipients Featured on
Four nurses recognized by Nazareth Hospital as winners of its fourth annual Nursing Excellence Awards were featured in a article acknowledging their achievements.

August 27, 2013

MHH Chief Quality & Compliance Officer Discusses the Importance of Home Care
Martha Sheely, Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, visited CBS 3’s Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to share Mercy Home Health’s goal to help patients maintain independence in their homes and how the organization successfully prevents hospital readmissions.

August 26, 2013
Volunteer Management Report

Interview with MPH Volunteer Manager Arlene Davis-Roberts
Arlene Davis-Roberts, Manager of Volunteer Services was recently featured in the Volunteer Management Report, where she discussed the hospital’s system for evaluating volunteers on a yearly basis and the importance of doing so.

August 20, 2013
NBC 10 Philadelphia

Mercy Cardiology’s William J. Strimel, DO, Interviewed by NBC 10
Mercy Cardiology’s William J. Strimel, DO, FACC, FACP, was interviewed by NBC 10 reporter Doug Shimell for his insight on Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s recent hospitalization for disorientation and weakness.

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August 20, 2013

CBS 3 Interviews Mercy Home Health’s Regional Director about Telehealth
Mercy Home Health Regional Director Jayne Green was a featured guest on CBS 3’s Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to discuss the benefits of Mercy Home Health’s Telehealth Monitoring program and the organization’s historically low hospital readmission rates.

August 19, 2013

Pat Ciarrocchi Gets Up Close and Personal with the Mercy LIFE Program
Pat Ciarrocchi of CBS 3’s Talk Philly recently visited the Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program to chat with Caitlin Gunnells, Recreational Therapy Supervisor of the Broad Street Mercy LIFE Center, to examine the benefits of attending the program and to experience the participants’ activities first-hand. Gunnells discussed the importance of seniors connecting socially with others in addition to being stimulated intellectually and physically.

August 2, 2013
Scoop USA Newspaper

Mercy Philadelpha Hosital Physician Urges Action Against Hepatitis C
Scoop USA newspaper recently published an article featuring Gastroenterologist Mervyn Danilewitz, MD as he spoke about the risk of Hepatitis C and the importance of being screened for the disease.

August 2013
Natural Awakenings Magazine

Fear of Falling: Regaining Your Balance
Dr. Stuart Scherr discusses the Balance Program at Nazareth Hospital’s Center for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Balance.

August 1, 2013
Southwest Globe Times

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital's Sunbeam Volunteer Program
Student Volunteer’s of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s Sunbeam Program discuss what being a volunteer is all about.

July 29, 2013

Mercy Catholic Medical Center CMO Sharon Carney, MD Interviewed for Delaware County's "Ask the Doctor"
Dr. Sharon Carney, MD, Chief Medical Officer for MCMC was interviewed for Delaware County’s “Ask the Doctor” program, discussing summer and heat-related injuries.

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July 24, 2013

Mercy LIFE on CBS3: Depression in Seniors
Dr. Donna Raziano, MD, MBA, FACP, Mercy LIFE Chief Medical Officer, was a featured guest on CBS3 Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to discuss the prevalence and treatment for depression among the senior population and how Mercy LIFE addresses and combats this very common condition.

July 23, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Expands Breast Cancer Care
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital has expanded its breast health services with the recent launch of a multidisciplinary clinic focused on breast cancer patients.

July 15, 2013

Mercy LIFE on 6ABC Action News: Heat Safety for Seniors
Mercy LIFE (Living Independently with Elders) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Donna Raziano talks with 6ABC about the program’s role in keeping seniors cool at their Adult Day Centers during extreme heat. She also speaks to reporter Ali Gorman, R.N. about the dangers of this week’s heat wave for older adults and how to keep them safe in the community.

July 14, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Fighting Ladies of Port Richmond
The Ladies of Port Richmond have given Nazareth Hospital $28,700 over the last three years, which has been used for awareness and education programming.

July 5, 2013

Philadelphia Works, Local Businesses Commit to Public Workforce
Philadelphia Works recently announced the Philadelphia Jobs Compact, a commitment by local business leaders to hire workers from the city’s public workforce system. David Clark, CEO of Mercy Health System, was the first employer to sign and join the compact to provide job opportunities to local residents.

July 3, 2013
South Philly Review

Mercy LIFE Creates Proud Senior Moments
Mercy LIFE is the first health center in the state to launch the Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) program, where enrollees learn their rights, quality of life and care, communication strategies, confidentiality, and cultural diversity.

July 2, 2013

Mercy Home Health's Palliative Care Coordinator Talks about Advanced Illnesses
Mary Jo Coll, Palliative Care Coordinator at Mercy Home Health, discusses how the palliative care program and the Mercy Home Health team provide a better quality of life for patients facing advanced or life-limiting illnesses.

June 25, 2013

National Women’s Coalition Supports Cancer Center at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
Executives from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital welcomed more than 50 members of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. to the bi-annual rededication ceremony of the Iris V. Henderson Cancer Center.

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June 21, 2013

Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra Interview by 6ABC Regarding AMA’s Decision to Call Obesity a Disease
Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra, Director of the Bariatrics Program at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals discusses the American Medical Association's (AMA) decision to categorize obesity as a disease.

June 21, 2013

FOX 29’s Sheinelle Jones Talks About Ventral Hernia & Mercy Home Health
Sheinelle Jones of Fox 29 tells her remarkable story about ventral hernia, an abdominal disorder that she developed while pregnant with her twins. She explains the details of her successful surgery and how daily visits from her nurse at Mercy Home Health helped restore her to optimal health.

May 28, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

Fitz Program Boosts Success After Weight Loss Surgery
Long-time Aldan resident praises Mercy Bariatrics and Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra for helping him lose weight through successful bariatric surgery.

May 28, 2013
Philly Happening Mag

Philly’s Most Happening Hospital Hosts Seminars on Weight Gain After Surgery
Happening List winner for Best Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital hosts free seminars on Weight Gain after Bariatric Surgery, alongside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

May 28, 2013
Philly Happening Mag

Mercy Philadelphia Voted as Best Hospital in Philadelphia
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital has been voted as the Best Hospital in Philadelphia in Philly Happening’s 2013 Happening's List. Of the five hospitals nominated, MPH won the contest, described as Philly’s People’s Choice competition with 100% voting done by the public.

May 15, 2013
Delaware County News Network

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital to Host Wound Care and Prevention
May is National Older American’s Month, and the healthcare team at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Advanced Wound Care Center is raising awareness on wound prevention and treatment by hosting Wound Care and Prevention on Monday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, 1503 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby.

March 23, 2013

12 Health Delusions to Ditch: I Lift Weights, so Osteoporosis isn't a Concern
Nazareth Hospital was mentioned and Dr. Patricia Riley quoted in a slideshow about osteoporosis risk on’s Healthy Living.

March 11, 2013

Nazareth Hospital Begins DAISY Program, Names First Award Winner ran an article about Nazareth Hospital’s DAISY Award Program for recognizing extraordinary nurses, and Nazareth’s first DAISY Award recipient, Karen Ackerman.

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February 26, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

New Outpatient Endoscopy Center Opens at Fitz
Facility features state-of-the-art technology that detects and helps treat digestive problems.

February 15, 2013
Delaware County News Network

Mercy Fitzgerald Hosts Special Edition of Dine with the Docs Featuring Chest Pain Q&As
On Tues., Feb. 19, at 6 p.m., Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital will hold a special Dine with the Docs program, “Chest Pain Q&As” featuring cardiologist and heart attack survivor John Blannett, M.D. The event is free and includes a complimentary dinner. Chest Pain Q&As will be held in Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Medical Science Building, Norman N. Cohen, M.D. Auditorium, 1500 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, PA.

February 10, 2013
Times Herald

Dr. Ajay Pillai Featured in Article About Sleep
On the front page of the Living section of the Sunday, February 10 edition of the Times Herald, Dr. Pillai discussed sleep issues and how they can affect people throughout their daily routine.

Delaware County Daily Times

Hundreds Line Up For Free Flu Shots Due to Flu Outbreak

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital experience highest volume of flu-related emergency department visits in over a decade, with over 100 confirmed flu cases as hundreds line up for free flu shots at Penn State Brandywine.

February 2013
Suburban Life Magazine

Dennis McHugh Discusses How Men and Women Defy Age in Quest to Stay Fit
Dr. Dennis McHugh was featured in this month's issue of Suburban Life Magazine.

January 13, 2013
Times Herald

Kelly Cavalli Offers Ways to Stay Healthy During the Cold and Flu Season
Dr. Kelly Cavalli, an internist with Mercy Family Medicine, offers tips for staying healthy in the cold and flu season.

January 2, 2013
Delaware County Daily Times

Mercy Fitzgerald Paramedic Rescues Resident from Burning Home
A Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital paramedic rescued a man as his home burned aflame. Paramedic Pete Bochanski, convinced the man who was standing on the second floor balcony of his burning home, to jump, catching him in his arms. The three-alarm fire destroyed the home and the twin attachment next door.

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