January 2000

Mercy Medical Center in Williston Reaches Out With a Helping Hand for Y2K

Y2K-comcent Photo

Co-directors of Y2K preparedness Bob Bucher and Julie Keegan, OSF, celebrate the successful rollover to 2000 in the command center at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa.

Mercy Medical Center, Williston, N.D., received a $6,000 grant from the Center for Y2K & Society to develop a booklet that addressed potential Y2K problems and explained how the health care industry could be affected.

"The need to distribute information on Y2K preparedness was evident through our discussions within the community," said L. Sean Key, chair of the Year 2000 leadership committee for Mercy Medical Center. "As a result, we sought funding for an outreach project to educate people, particularly the homebound and elderly."

"Of all our Y2K activities, we are most proud of this," said Key. "We recognized the need, conceptualized the project, obtained funding and produced the booklet. The response has been phenomenal. But most important, this success story is consistent with our mission to help those in need."
The Center for Y2K & Society is a project of the Tides Center, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.