On any given day, the nurses, doctors, and staff of Mercy Hospital are faced with decisions that will have lasting effects on the lives of their patients. The stories of Mercy come from real life nursing -- and the issues explored in the show reflect a spectrum of contemporary health issues.
To help the public better understand the implications and intricacies of the show's themes, this outreach page has been created with the assistance of the Hollywood Health and Society group at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Norman Lear Center. You will find links leading to external pages providing information on topics discussed and related to each week's episode.
Suffering from PTSD, nurse Veronica Flanagan Callahan is having trouble readjusting to life and getting in trouble at work. Just as she decides to give marriage with her childhood sweetheart another go, the doctor with whom she had an intense affair in Iraq shows up to surprise her. He's signed a two-year contract to work alongside Veronica at Mercy Hospital, in Newark, New Jersey!