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Health Professions, Dental School celebrate ‘Hands that Heal’

UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., speaks at the Hands That Heal event, Sept. 24. Approximately 150 Health Professions and Dental students, faculty and staff attended the event.

Students, faculty and staff of the College of Health Professions and the School of Dentistry took time out to reflect on their mission during the annual “Hands that Heal” celebration on the University of Detroit Mercy’s Outer Drive Campus, Sept. 27.

On a beautiful autumn day, approximately 150 took part in the outdoor event which included a blessing of hands by Linda Stallwood, McAuley School of Nursing instructor, and Cheryl Walker, College of Health Professions administrative assistant. UDM President Gerard Stockhausen, S. J., College of Health Professions Dean Suzanne Mellon, and School of Dentistry Dean Robert Steiman also addressed the crowd.

“The ceremony reminds us to be good stewards of our talents to care for the poor, underserved and disenfranchised,” says Pam Nelson, assistant professor, McAuley School of Nursing. “It’s a goal that’s shared by the College of Health Professions and the School of Dentistry.

“Everyone puts their hands out, palms up, for the blessing, and they’re told to go forward and heal.”

The blessing was done twice, near the beginning and the end of the picnic, to ensure everyone had a chance to participate. Students, faculty and staff imprinted their hands and signatures on a banner commemorating the occasion.

“The turnout was terrific,” notes Bridget Deegan-Krause, University minister for the College of Health Professions and School of Dentistry. “It was great to see so many people from the College of Health Professions return to Outer Drive for it.”