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.
Mercy Hospital is abuzz about a knotty love triangle, while Chloe and Sonia get much more than they bargained for when helping a bride-to-be and an amputee. Veronica has her hands full when a trio of promiscuous college students is admitted with meningitis and their soapy love triangle has the entire Mercy staff drawing comparisons to Veronica's own complicated love life. Meanwhile, Chloe helps with wedding plans when a bride-to-be comes in with the flu and receives a much more serious diagnosis. Sonia manages a defiant hand transplant patient who wants his donor hand amputated after discovering it once belonged to a pedophile, and Dr. Sands gets a surprise visit from his freewheeling sister.