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Mercy Medical Center

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Mercy Medical Center's Pet Patrol Program brings the comforting presence of animals to the patient care environment. Volunteers who wish to round with their pets on patient units and waiting areas must register their pets through Pet Partners International. The registration process includes an application, completion of an online course, and passing a behavioral test by a certified Pet Partners trainer. Mercy Medical Center may offer testing dates (spring and fall) on site by a certified trainer. There are also additional testing sites available locally. For more information on the Pet Partners International registration process, go to For more information about Mercy's Pet Patrol program, please contact Brenna Verdejo at or by calling 330-489-1182.

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About Mercy Medical Center


1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708, US

Mission Statement

As a Catholic health care organization, our mission at Mercy Medical Center is to continue Christ's healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person.


The first and only faith-based hospital in Stark County.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine established our hospital as the first and only Catholic hospital in Stark County, a distinction we still hold. When the Sisters came to Canton in 1908, they joined with physicians to convert President McKinley's former home into a hospital.

Recognized as one of America's 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular services/interventional cardiology, Mercy Medical Center has been a leader in bringing new and innovative heart treatments to our area. A life-saving protocol, which provides angioplasty in the Emergency Department was pioneered here in Mercy's Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC).


Become part of an outstanding volunteer team that contributes over 91,000 annual service hours to further the mission of Mercy medical Center, as well as having over 580 active volunteers. Adult and teen volunteer opportunities are available to help hospital caregivers enhance the service extended to patients and their families.

Mercy Medical Center's Volunteer Department has numerous opportunities such as; Volunteering, Mercy Ambassador Teen Program, Shadow-A-Professional Program, Clinical/Non-clinical Interns, Pet Patrol Program, and Episodic Volunteering. In addition we have our new PARTNER Program.

Listed below are just a few of Mercy's Volunteer Service Areas:

  • Patient newspaper and flower delivery
  • Patient wheelchair transporter
  • Information desk volunteer
  • Clerical volunteer
  • Eucharistic minister
  • Pastoral Care patient visitor
  • Gift Shop volunteer
  • Mercy Boutique volunteer
  • Nursing unit volunteer
  • Senior Friends volunteer
  • And much more!
  • For more information contact us at (330)489-1106 or go to our website and click on "Become a Volunteer"


    We'll work with your schedule.


    1320 Mercy Drive NWCanton, OH 44708



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    • Orientation or Training

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