On the Wings of Angels

The special memoir, On the Wings of Angels (Arbutus Press, 2013)highlights 12 local community leaders, physicians, and members of the clergy, both bishops and nuns, who have contributed to the growth and success of Saint Mary’s Health Care (now named Mercy Health Saint Mary’s).

The 184-page book is written by Phil McCorkle, the longest-serving president and CEO of Saint Mary’s. McCorkle devotes a chapter to each person, family, or couple, all of whom have contributed in significant ways to Saint Mary’s during McCorkle’s 13-year tenure. McCorkle weaves his own memories along with entertaining anecdotes about their personal histories and their unique influence on Saint Mary’s.  He brings readers close to the inside story of the lives of those whose names are mounted on buildings, hospital wings, and plaques at Saint Mary’s and around Grand Rapids, as well as to lesser known individuals who nonetheless have had an impact on the hospital.

“So many people have contributed to Saint Mary’s success in my 13 years here, but some deserve special recognition and thanks,” said McCorkle, reflecting on his reason for producing the memoir. “I wanted it to be permanent.  It’s my ’thank you’ to them and to Saint Mary’s.”

The book has a conversational and personal tone, and includes photographs of each of the subjects, whom McCorkle credits for building Saint Mary’s into one of the top performing hospitals in the 49-hospital Trinity Health system. Each of those profiled has contributed either through donations, partnerships with the hospital, as a longstanding volunteer, or providing inspiration for new projects.

All proceeds from the sale of On the Wings of Angels will benefit the Saint Mary’s Foundation, which supports Saint Mary’s programs, facilities, and services.


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