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Mercy Employees Take Emotional Walk From Old to New Hospital

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“May this garden and the land around it bloom with beauty and offer a place of inspiration, reflection, and peace,” says Bishop Emeritus John Leibrecht.

“Amen,” replies the crowd.

Bishop Leibrecht blesses the hallowed ground at the old St. John's site where Mercy hospital once stood, now a memorial garden in its place.

Hundreds of Mercy employees embark on a new journey, taking hopeful steps toward their future, walking about three miles to a new hospital upon a hill.

“You know the walk it helps us transition from the old to the new and finish one chapter and start a new one,” says walker and Manager of Info Services Catrina Gilstrap.

For Joplin and Mercy the journey has been tough like going up this strenuous hill on 41st but as people make their way over it's smooth sailing from here.

“It's a challenge and now we're downhill. We're going from the top of this hill on down and starting a new life,” says walker and RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist Susan Ramsour.

As walkers cross the finish line they are welcomed into a new hospital where they will start a new chapter of their lives.

"It just feels like a new beginning it's just amazing to be a part of the journey and truly to think of how far we've come,” says Gilstrap.  

Bishop Leibrecht blesses the new hospital and a Sister of Mercy offers words of inspiration.

“In turning this over, being called to say now it's for someone else, it's that the footprint of mercy will continue,” says Sister Roch.

Gilstrap says, “It truly is just a promise kept. You know those few days after the tornado we were really unsure of what our future held and so it's really exciting to see the promise that was made so long ago and see it come to fruition.”
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