APRIL 19, 2023



This week the Covid-19 Community Transmission Rate is Yellow/Moderate, but we are asking that staff and visitors continue to wear masks at all times. This is due to active cases we currently have on campus. When assessing the Covid-19 risk to the Misericordia community, both of these factors are taken into consideration: Community Transmission Rate and Covid-19 activity on campus. Additionally, we look at the consistency of the Community Transmission Rate. We really hope to see the Community Transmission Rate go down and our cases on campus subside before we make any changes in mask usage. As a reminder, the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency expires at the end of the day May 11, 2023. We anticipate receiving updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health on or around May 5, 2023, at which time we will update our policies. Additionally, we continue to look at updated Human Resources policies and procedures that have been put in place since the beginning of the pandemic. Please continue to check here and with your supervisor for updates.



Friday, April 21

  • Shabbat Service at 4:30 PM in the All Faith Room

Saturday, April 22

  • Marian Center Service at 2 PM in the Atrium
  • Community Mass at 4 PM in the JMRC



What: Individual Retirement Planning Sessions (30-minute time slots) 

When: Friday, April 21, 2023 

Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 PM 

Location: Human Resources - 2001 W. Devon – in the Staff Development Conference Room

Click here for more details!



  • CDS Coordinator (QIDP) (details here)
  • Village Lead Job Coach (details here)

Share our job postings with your friends on social media!

Click here and here to visit our recruitment pages on Instagram and Facebook and be sure to share our postings with your friends.

One of the best ways we can find great people to join our teams is by spreading the word that Misericordia is hiring. There is no guarantee that all referrals will be hired but we can guarantee that all referrals who meet the qualifications, will be interviewed and considered. Hiring managers do their very best to hire talented individuals who will add to the team dynamic and provide great care for our residents. You can earn up to $1,000 for each successful hire who works with us for a year, as a result of your efforts to refer them to us. In the next few days we will have recruitment materials in our reception areas, please take them and pass them along. If you need additional material, you can reach out to [email protected] and our Recruiting Team will assist you.


Scammers continue to look for opportunities to steal your personal information. Recently scammers tried to redirect an employee's direct deposit to another account.


Follow these guidelines from ADP to reduce the risk of your ADP account being targeted: 

  • Check your devices for malware or anything that should not be there including favorites/shortcuts to access ADP.
  • Confirm your contact information in ADP is 100% accurate (Email address and cell #s).
  • Consider changing your email passwords as this is most likely the compromise point for scammers.
  • Check your mobile device(s) for cash apps that may have authenticated the activity or potentially be corrupt / compromised.
  • Change your user ADP passwords.

If you notice something suspicious in ADP, notify Misericordia's IT department at [email protected].



As Lake Shore Drive and other parts of the city undergo road construction, we ask everyone to plan accordingly for their work commutes.



Please read below and complete the application here.

Looking for ways to develop and invest in yourself? Misericordia has a terrific opportunity for employees looking to expand their toolbox with important skills as an emerging leader. If this describes you, please consider applying for the Franklin Covey Emerging Leaders Program. This program will focus on content around setting personal and professional goals, time management, building relationships and a growth mindset. We have a select number of licenses available for this program, so first come, first serve!

This self-directed program involves a 5-month commitment where you will be expected to complete weekly reinforcement homework (online readings and videos) based on the assigned content (about 10 minutes a week). Once a month you will be asked to join a large group discussion to further explore the assigned content for about 30 minutes. We will offer various times to accommodate schedules.

First consideration will be given to those who have shown interest in growing their skills by participating in PHI, Tier 1, Tier 2 or currently act as a Lead Job Coach or OJT trainer. If you are interested, please submit the application (featured at the top) after you have received your direct supervisor's endorsement no later than 4/21/2023 at 4 PM.

This program is available to employees who are not currently enrolled in the Misericordia Leadership Series.


Click here to learn more


Funded by the Coleman Foundation, Misericordia has been working with other organizations through Intersect for Ability on developing an updated version of the GRACE Project.

The original GRACE Project (Generating Resources on Aging through Collaborative Energies) was developed to help support aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Misericordia is looking for interested staff to join a committee that would look for ways to implement the new GRACE model on our campus. This committee will also be looking at processes to ensure best practices for our residents.

If you are interested in joining the team, please email Lindsey Tamulonis at [email protected] by April 21, 2023.

Pictured (L to R), front row: Mary Ann Goode (facilitator), Sharon Sullivan (Shannon); Jaxon Lindars (McAuley); Bernadette Lettner (DT); Melissa Barron (DT); back row: Nicole Williams (Marian Center); Latisha Nesbitt (Marian Center), Jorshid Quintero (Nursing); Itzel Ramos (Quinlan); Jon Larson (CDS); Lance Sharp (CILA); Kristina Lipsey (facilitator). Not pictured are Kizzie Rogers (Reception); Denise Bradley (DT); Ciara Martinez (Marian Center); Ken Gasch (Mercy Glen); Elisa Page (McGowan); Saul Hernandez (DT); Tamara Vance (CILA); Daniel Gerig (Quinlan); Phillip Sackmaster (Quinlan) who recently completed Tier 1 of Misericordia’s Fit for Success (FFS) program with the group shown above! Thirteen different departments across campus were represented in this group of committed, thoughtful, mission-driven staff. Fit for Success is Misericordia’s program for staff interested in growing their skills and competencies in areas such as leadership, communication, conflict management, and emotional intelligence. We look forward to watching these staff continue their path of development as they share their skills and gifts with the Misericordia community! Thank you all for your willingness to grow!



Who? Class is open to all who have completed Professionalism or Tier 1 of Fit for Success.

What? We'll look at how we build strong teams and learn some practical skills that will help you grow in your role as a team player.

When? Classes start Thursday, June 1 from 1-3 PM and will run for 6 consecutive weeks.

Click here to download the application form. You can also find applications on ADP or at HR and due to HR May 12, 2023. Tier 1 will be offered in early fall so watch Campus Connections for more information to follow!

Questions? Contact Mary Ann Goode, x3041 or [email protected].



It is said that "music allows us to communicate common humanity to each other." This quarter we invite everyone to send us songs that make you feel uplifted and empowered. This includes songs that communicate your identity; songs that communicate how you feel; and songs you listen to for a confidence boost to get you through your everyday lives!

Here are the guidelines:

  • You may include songs from any genre, songs in any language, and songs with no lyrics.
  • Please be mindful of songs containing explicit language and provide clean/radio edit versions of them if possible.
  • Residents who wish to submit songs should be assisted by staff, as needed. Please provide their first name and last initial.

There is no limit to how many songs you submit, so drop them here and we will share them in Campus Connections. 

Call for submissions end April 30th.


  • From Robyn Shimmin: "'Closer to Fine' by Indigo Girls—I have loved this song for probably 30 years. Never gets old. Fantastic song- awesome lyrics. Bonus: my toddler finds it mesmerizing:) It's that good."

  • From Jacob Kreiner: "'The Mountain Song' by Tophouse—An upbeat song that reminds me that life is an adventure full of ups and downs."

  • From Lorraine Cobbs: "'Goodness of God' by CeCe Winans—This song is a personal testimony of God’s love and kindness, in which I’m forever grateful."

  • From Colleen Meehan: "Proud" by Heather Small—Reminds me to always be thoughtful in my actions."

  • From Barbara Rush: "'Days Like This' by Van Morrison—Reminder of the beauty in every day."

  • From Jennifer Evans-Buchanan: "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine

  • From Patty Ramirez (guardian): "'The Climb' by Miley Cyrus; 'I Hope You Dance' by Lee Ann Womack—Some of [my son's] favorite songs."

Click here to listen to all of the submissions so far. Be sure to see a submission so we can add yours!

Please spread the word about Candy Days, one of Misericordia's largest fundraising efforts. Support our virtual campaign by creating a fundraising page or donating directly to Sr. Rosemary's Candy Day page! You don't have to wait until the last weekend in April to make a donation. You can donate all month long! For details, click here. Help keep #MisericordiaStrong!


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr.

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If you have any questions or feedback for us, email [email protected]. Be sure to include your name, work area, and an extension we can use to contact you!