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.
When injured prisoners invade Mercy's halls, Veronica learns her patient's dark secret, as Sonia and Briggs come to terms with making a life or death decision. Following a prison riot, several injured prisoners are brought to Mercy for treatment. Veronica finds herself sympathizing with her patient, but she's shocked to discover a dangerous secret he's been keeping. Chloe tries to convince her college football player boyfriend to take time off from practice to treat his head injury before it's too late. And, when Sonia's seemingly tough patient admits he's terrified to return to prison, she can't help but worry that she may be headed there too - unless she comes clean about her involvement in her former patient's suicide. Meanwhile, Briggs is confronted with a difficult decision that could jeopardize his career - or his life.