Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Launches Year Two of Community Education Series
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With health care reform upon us, Mercy Medical Center is launching year two of a highly successful project that presents relevant and timely health care information to the people of Siouxland. Mercy 101, launched last October, will feature free, monthly presentations on health related issues to the residents of our region.

Jim Wharton, the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Mercy, says the inaugural year of Mercy 101 exceeded expectations. “We were amazed at the level of interest Mercy 101 generated in the community last year,” says Wharton. “This free-to-the-public series gives Siouxland residents a wonderful opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions of health care experts on topics of great relevance.”

Every month, guests will gather for one hour to hear local experts discuss issues like heart disease, leg pain, the use of antibiotics, diabetes, chronic muscular pain, cancer treatment and other health care-related matters. The classes are free to the public and all participants will leave with a better understanding of ways they can positively impact their personal health. The first Mercy 101 presentation will be Tuesday, October 23 and will feature Dr. Bruce W. Stavens. Dr. Stavens specializes in cardiovascular surgery and he will present on the topic of leg pain, its causes and its cures.

Mercy 101 is free to the public and will be held on the 4th Tuesday of every month from October through May in the hospital’s Leiter Room off the Fifth Street circle drive. In addition to having an opportunity to listen and ask questions of doctors and other health care providers, attendees will receive a free Mercy 101 binder for their materials and also be able to take advantage of free health screenings and occasional giveaways at many sessions.

Mercy 101 classes will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and last one hour. Registration is required and may be done online at Click on the Classes and Events tab and select Mercy 101 from the Event drop-down box or register by phone at 712-279-2989. Attendees may attend as many of the monthly sessions as they like. Early registrations are encouraged as a few of the classes are already close to capacity. Here is the schedule for the first three months of Mercy 101. The remaining schedule beginning in January will be released later this fall.

Tuesday, October 23 – A Real Pain in My Leg!
Symptoms, causes and treatment for leg pain in relation to vascular disease
Dr. Bruce Stavens, Mercy Vascular Surgeons

Tuesday, November 27 – Antibiotics or Not? That is the Question.
When to give your child antibiotics.
Dr. Steve Joyce, Mercy Internal Medicine and Pediatric Clinic

Tuesday, December 11 – The Skin You’re In.
Skin care and skin cancer prevention
Dr. Michelle Daffer, Midlands Clinic, P.C.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682