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 a friend from their Iraq days shows up unexpectedly, Veronica and Sands are suddenly faced with a life-altering decision. Sonia, increasingly intimidated by a stalkerís threats, gets help from a surprising source, while Chloe worries that her boyfriend is causing irreparable brain trauma by playing football against medical advice. And, after Angelís friend is brutally beaten, Briggs worries that his mafia connections may have played a role. Meanwhile, a former flame comes back into his life, with dangerous consequences.