Spiritual health: Pittsburgh’s UPMC Mercy celebrates a milestone of patient care

The metal cross is affixed above the hospital president’s door, and it’s not just a decoration.

The crucifix symbolizes the religious well-being of patients. In addition to them being cared for by medical doctors and nurses at UPMC Mercy, they receive a level of care not measured in a prescription pill or through a needed operation.

It’s more of a spiritual healing.

“That crucifix over my door is there for a reason,” said UPMC Mercy Hospital President John Innocenti, as he looked at it from his seat inside his office. “We have morning prayer and reflection. Our focus is

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