2006 Projects

Project MERCI (Medical Emergency Response Care Initiative)

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This project proposed a program intended to foster a greater sense of community, shared responsibility, and mutual aid within Virginia Commonwealth University. The group members saw an opportunity to develop the expectation that students, faculty and staff will come to one another’s aid, and to provide the tools necessary to help ensure our mutual safety and health. The medical emergencies as an initial project were selected, focusing their research on the current status of CPR and first-aid training and the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at VCU.


Alison Baski, Department of Physics
Brian Cassel, Oncology Administration
Zachary Goodell, Center for Teaching Excellence
Janet Hutchinson, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Mary Nugent, Medical/ Surgical Clinical Administration
Annie Publow, Office of the Vice President for Research
Jacqueline Smith-Mason, University Honors College
Robert Taylor, Finance Insurance and Real Estate


Sue Ann Messmer, External Relations