Stories of Mercy

“I was born at [then] Mercy Hospital in 1946. I started working there in the lab in 1969, and am still working there after 40 years. In addition, I met my wife at the hospital, and all three of our daughters were born there. No one knows where they’re going to die, but in my case I wouldn’t bet against Scripps Mercy!” —Dan Keays
“My son was born at Mercy Hospital in 1973. I was discharged from the hospital on December 23 and they gave him to me in a red Christmas stocking. Several years ago I found the stocking and gave it to him. Unfortunately, my son passed away in January of 2009 from skin cancer, as a result of his service with the the U.S. Marine Corps and his final tour of duty to Iraq. I don’t know what happened to that stocking, but it was a fond memory for me, because it came from the Sisters of Mercy.” — Jeannie Lara-Lugo
“Growing up in South County, Scripps Mercy Hospital was where all my friends and family would go for their health care needs. When I had to have an emergency C-section during my daughter’s birth, the caring clinicians at Scripps Mercy were instrumental in ensuring that all would be well. We put our baby in God’s hands and she spent her first four days of life in Scripps Mercy’s Special Care Nursery. Our family found tremendous comfort and support in the spiritual environment at Scripps Mercy, and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy was very much alive for us during this difficult time. At four-and-a-half years old, Isabela is a happy and healthy little girl. We thank God everyday for healing our baby and for blessing those who are a part of the Scripps Mercy family, as they continue to play such an important role in the health and healing of our community.” — Monica MontaƱo

“I was a Mercy baby born in July 1959. I did my clinical pastoral education at the hospital in 1995, then some volunteering the next year before being hired as a hospital chaplain in May 1997. With all my training and volunteering, I have been with Scripps Mercy for a total of 15 years. This hospital is a second home for me, and I feel very blessed and honored to be a part of this special family.” — Mike Harkay
“I was born at Mercy Hospital in 1951, and both my daughters were born there as well. I worked in medical records at the hospital from 1975 to 1980. I came back in 1998 and now work in surgery scheduling. I take pride in being associated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and it’s history of compassion.” — Nancy Duarte