For more than 100 years, our mission at Mercy Hospital has been to provide quality, compassionate, affordable and accessible care for Canton, Ohio, and beyond. This includes health education and outreach programs for the communities we serve. Learn more about these programs:

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

In 1908, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine opened Mercy Hospital, the first Catholic hospital in the area. Today, Mercy Hospital is called Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital and continues to be Stark County’s only Catholic hospital. Mercy Pastoral Care is just as important today as it was in 1908 with its commitment to healthcare in this community.

Mercy Pastoral Care provides a broad array of services and programs that are supportive to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families, employees, medical staff and volunteers. Chaplains, both Catholic and Protestant, are here to serve as attentive listeners, meeting people where they are and encouraging them on their journey of faith.

Chaplains are trained and certified for hospital ministry and come from different religious denominations. They respect the religious preference of the patient and do not impose their beliefs or religious practices. Their role is to be with others at critical points of life to provide comfort, support and compassion. Chaplains work with the total health care team so that, along with the person’s medical needs, the spiritual and emotional needs are also addressed.

Chaplains provide a full range of support services from the birth of a child to terminal illness and death. They conduct initial visits, pre-surgery visits, crisis calls, sacramental ministry, routine visits and referral visits, codes and traumas. Other services include Advance Directives, Grief Support Groups and presentations in the community. Pastoral Care coordinates efforts with area clergy and makes contacts when members of their faith are admitted.

Holy Communion is celebrated daily for Catholic patients through the generous services of volunteer Eucharistic Ministers from various parishes in the area. If a patient of another denomination would like to receive Communion, Pastoral Care can assist the patient in contacting their minister or a Protestant Chaplain can administer Communion. The department prays daily for the entire hospital and prayers are read in the mornings and evenings over the P.A. system.

Mercy Chapel

Mercy’s chapel is on the first floor of the hospital, near the entrance to our ICU. It is open and available for patients and visitors of all faiths to come and seek spiritual comfort and guidance. Mass is normally celebrated at noon on Mondays and Fridays.

Contact Us

Mercy Pastoral Care
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

Office Hours:
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Staff Chaplains: To reach an on-call chaplain at any other time, ask your nurse.
6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Grief Support Services

Grief Support Services

Mercy Grief Support Services offers grief counseling and education to individuals and families, civic and professional organizations and the business community in regards to the emotional trauma associated with any major loss, change or transition. This includes the grief and bereavement of life’s most painful loss, the death of a loved one.

Mercy Grief Support Services offers:

  • Adult grief support groups that are free of charge.
  • Individual, couple and family grief counseling for Hospice patients and families.
  • Support for healthcare professionals in reconciling personal feelings of loss with a sense of professionalism.

Seeds of Hope Bereavement Support Group for Adults

Seeds of Hope is an eight-week journey towards healing and wholeness for adults experiencing the grief associated with the loss of a loved one. Sessions are led by qualified and experienced grief facilitators.

It is recommended that participants attend grief groups three months or more following the loss of a loved one. Please note: Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Seeds of Hope 2021 Schedule

Day Sessions: 10:30 a.m. – noon
Mercy Home Health & Hospice
4369 Whipple Ave., Canton, Ohio 44718

  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20 (via Zoom only)
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26

Evening Sessions: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, Ohio 44708

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25 (via Zoom only)
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10 (six-week group)
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23

Mercy Pastoral Care
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

Medical Clinic

Medical Clinic

Providing for the Needs of the Uninsured

Mercy Hospital operates medical clinics in order to provide care to patients with financial needs. Based on a sliding-scale fee structure, the Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics provide the uninsured and underserved of Stark and nearby counties with quality, comprehensive care.

CareSource, Buckeye, Unison and many private insurances are accepted. Financial assistance and counseling are available.

To schedule an appointment, please call 330.489.1065. Our offices are located on the second floor of Mercy Hospital’s medical office building.

Mailing Address:
1330 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708

Senior Friends

Senior Friends

The needs and expectations of seniors have changed drastically in recent years, and Mercy Hospital is dedicated to meet those needs. Mercy Senior Friends offers adults – age 50 and better – a strong network, which provides exceptional benefits and services to all its members, including

  • Our quarterly newsletter
  • Free screenings & educational programs
  • Medicare counseling
  • Service and social activities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Free faxes and copies of important papers
  • Free notary service
  • Free coffee in the Senior Friends office
  • Physician referrals
  • Flu vaccine

Join Senior Friends

Senior Friends membership is free! To join Mercy Senior Friends, call 330.489.1215 or 1.800.223.8662.

Screenings & Educational Programs

Mercy Senior Friends offers free health screenings and educational programs. Mercy physicians discuss health-related topics such as heart disease, robotic surgery, cancer care, diabetes, stroke and more to keep members informed and up-to-date on the latest healthcare news. Free screenings are also offered.


As Mercy’s Medicare counselor, Senior Friends coordinator and Stark County Coordinator for Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), Terri Gursky, reviews Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. She says determining what’s right for an individual (not a couple) is a mathematical equation based on health, current prescriptions and personal needs, and it may change from year to year.

Gursky recommends that eligible Medicare enrollees visit Medicare.gov to compare available health plans using the site’s search tools. Enrollees can also attend a Mercy Medicare Options event, which includes representatives from several different advantage plans.
Sites to visit for more information include:

Service & Social Activities

  • Service Project: Members meet once a month at Mercy Medical Center to make tray favors and walker bags for patients.
  • Book Club: Members meet once a month at the hospital to discuss a book previously selected as the ‘book of the month.”
  • Food and Friends: Members meet at an area restaurant to enjoy dining together. Members order off the menu at their own expense.
  • Lunch & Learn: Physician and healthcare guest speakers talk with members about a variety of health topics.
  • Special Events: Throughout the year, Mercy Senior Friends offers members social events.