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.
Denial becomes a constant theme at Mercy as Veronica meets a patient who reminds her of her own issues. When Sands and the Flanagan clan confront Veronica after a St. Patrick's Day binge, she considers seeing a therapist. After working with him to save a heart attack patient, Chloe softens slightly toward the arrogant Dr. Briggs when she learns why he became a doctor. Meanwhile Sonia, still privately mourning the death of her home-care patient, is surprised to run into her ex-boyfriend at a St. Patrick's Day fair.