The January Spirit of Mercy Recipient is Karen Walker, RN Oconee Heart & Vascular Center. Karen joined St. Mary's in 2003 as an ICU nurse, then moved to OHVC in 2008. She is a joy to work with, building community among her colleagues in many ways, from massaging a stressed co-worker's shoulders to bringing doughnuts for the office. She shows equal compassion for our patients; for example, helping them find samples and coupons if they struggle to afford their medications. Some of our patients have reached the end of life, and Karen is there for their loved ones, too, listening with true compassion for as long as is needed. As her nominator said, "We love her!"