Life at Mercy Circle
A personal approach to leadership
Our community for seniors is one of a kind.
Opened in Fall 2013 by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest, a Catholic religious congregation serving Chicagoans since 1846, Mercy Circle embodies the Sisters’ newest ministry to extend the Sisters’ tradition of hospitality and quality healthcare services to everyone who desires living in a faith-based community.
Residents of Mercy Circle discover new interests like gardening or painting for the first time. They also pursue long-held dreams and goals now that the burden of daily responsibility has been lifted.
As a continuing care retirement community, Mercy Circle is a hub for volunteer inter-generational activities involving neighbors and nearby schools, faith and social groups. While access to downtown Chicago is easy, Mercy Circle is even closer to performances, lectures and libraries in the Beverly and Mt. Greenwood neighborhoods.
Mercy Circle staff have special relationships with residents. They are resilient when the work becomes challenging. They understand the very real difficulties as well as the importance of what they do every day. They are here because of their personal commitment to help others and their strong dedication to the mission at Mercy Circle.
Our leadership team and staff are highly-skilled and professional senior living specialists and healthcare providers whose commitment to service forms the heart of Mercy Circle. Everyone who works here knows your name, but beyond that, we want to know you better each day.
Frances Lachowicz, Executive Director (approved)
“I was very fortunate to know when I was young that I wanted to work with the elderly,” Frances Lachowicz, executive director at Mercy Circle, explains. Frances is the youngest of 15 children and at the time she was making decisions about college while her parents were aging and becoming ill. “I realized they really needed an advocate.” Frances’ education started with studying healthcare services administration at the University of Illinois in Springfield and continued with a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University Law School in Chicago..
Frances’ 22-year career in senior healthcare leadership began in nursing and rehabilitation centers in the Chicago area. In 2000, she began working exclusively in Catholic healthcare. Frances is very passionate about the fulfilling and rewarding work she does. “We are here for our residents when they need us.”
Marge Everett, Senior Living Advisor (approved)
“I am very passionate about working with seniors,” Marge Everett says, “When they tell me their life stories, I learn what’s important to them. My role is to help older adults plan for their future, which is a very fulfilling responsibility.”
Though Mercy Circle is known for its design and eye appeal, its many amenities and outstanding services, Marge believes the friendliness of the residents and their shared experiences are the most important factor for prospective residents making a decision. “Knowing everyone here is family is what sets Mercy Circle apart.”
She began her career in senior living care in 2004 as a sales counselor and soon became director of sales for a CCRC. A licensed real estate broker for 25 years, Marge relates to clients and their families looking for a quality lifestyle in a highly desirable location.
Marge, who lives in Orland Park, enjoys spending time with her four sons.