(Des Moines, IA) – Mercy College of Health Sciences celebrates a record number of students – again. For the third consecutive semester, enrollment at Mercy College has continued to climb. The summer semester totaled 79 new students, which is the largest new student enrollment for the summer semester.
President Douglas Fiore competed in the 10th Annual House of Mercy Gama show Gala representing Mercy College of Health Sciences. President Fiore was on on Team Jack, who represented a client that has benefited from House of Mercy in the area of Childhood Trauma.
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The American Heart Association and Mercy College of Health Sciences launched a new initiative, Blood Pressure in Barbershops, this month at local barbershops in Des Moines to provide blood pressure readings and educational opportunities.
The awareness outreach program currently focuses on five African American barbershops in the Des Moines area — Platinum Kutz, House of Fades, Universal Kutz, Hilltop Barbershop and Imperial Kutz — as the prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world. About 72 million people nationwide — or about 1 in 3 Americans — have high blood pressure; more than 40% of non-Hispanic African American men and women have high blood pressure.
Starting fall 2019, Mercy College of Health Sciences will offer online courses for the paramedic certificate and Associate of Science in emergency medical services (ASEMS) degree. In addition to the new online class options, the expansion of these programs will include more flexible face-to-face options for students during the day, evening, and weekend. The new program formats will also include local and remote face-to-face skills labs throughout Iowa.
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Mercy College of Health Sciences is the recipient of the 2018 Caritas Institutional Award from Catholic Charities for volunteer service provided by their students. Caritas is Latin for “charity.” Each year, Catholic Charities gives the Caritas Award to one organization whose volunteers and supporters demonstrate compassion to those in need, serve with humility, and display love for all people.
Douglas J. Fiore, PhD, will be inaugurated as Mercy College of Health Sciences’ third president on Wednesday, April 10.
Inauguration events begin with a Mass at 9:00 am at St. Ambrose Cathedral. The installation ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, with a reception to follow.
Inauguration activities continue Thursday, April 11, with a campus Prayer Walk, campus tours, lunch in the Brennan Hall Commons, dinner in the lobby, and a Faith & Healing Speaker Series. The speaker series features Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; Sister Mary-Paula, Associate Director for Mission, Conference for Mercy Higher Education; Colleen Walters, Chief Mission Integration Officer, MercyOne.
On April 1, Mercy College of Health Sciences will be hosting its 14th Annual Research Symposium. This year’s symposium will focus on the multifaceted issues of the medicinal use of cannabis. The event will be held on Mercy College’s campus in the Sullivan Center, room 103, from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm and is open to the public.