Mercy Gives $600,000 to Communities

April 6, 2011


During the worst recession the U.S. has experienced since the Great Depression, the Sisters of Mercy remain true to their mission. In an effort to continue to support health and services programs across Mercy’s service area, the Sisters of Mercy Health System recently awarded $600,000 to almost two dozen community programs.

“This is a gift to serve those who are economically poor and to work for change on their behalf,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. “We have a 200-year heritage of caring for impoverished women, children and the sick going back to Dublin, Ireland. This is about Mercy supporting the communities we serve.”

This year the money will provide parenting education to pregnant mothers in high school, give dental care to economically disadvantaged children and benefit other outreach programs across six states. The breakdown includes:

  • Hamilton House Child & Family Safety Center, Fort Smith, Ark., $50,000, comprehensive assistance to abused children
  • Arkansas Dental & Medication Assistance, Berryville, Ark., $12,000, equipment and supplies to treat underserved patients
  • Mommy University at Emerson High School, Oklahoma City, Okla., $10,000, prenatal, childbirth and parenting classes for teen moms at alternative school
  • Lebanon Laclede Interagency on Food & Enrichment, Lebanon, Mo., $10,000, kitchen expansion and supplies for only food pantry in county
  • Diabetes Wellness Project, Oklahoma City, Okla., $27,300, diabetes education and management for pre-diabetics and diabetics, along with monitoring supplies and foot products
  • Kornerstone, Shell Knob, Mo., $15,000, prenatal, childbirth and parenting classes for teen moms
  •  ALIVE, Washington, Mo., $10,000, emergency shelter and basic needs for victims of domestic violence
  • Comadre program, Laredo, Texas, $80,000, wellness program for uninsured women that also provides lab and radiology costs
  • Dental Health Access for Rural Missouri, Washington, Mo., $50,000, dental services provided through McAuley Clinic
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Independence, Kans., $13,949, forensic equipment to collect evidence at the time patients report sexual assault
  • Mercy Road to Home, St. Louis, Mo., $18,500, bus passes, personal care items, utility bills and job training for homeless men
  • Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks, Springfield, Mo., $20,000, specialized intervention and training for children with severe visual impairments
  • Take Control Program, Washington, Mo., $5,000, testing for diabetes patients
  • Psychiatry Outreach, Springfield, Mo., $38,102, telehealth equipment for mental health patients
  • Medication Access Program, Springfield, Mo., $50,978, additional medications for 3,000 patients
  • Cooperative Central Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, Okla., $40,000, prescriptions for uninsured patients with chronic diseases
  • Super Saturdays for Women, Oklahoma City, Okla., $44,500, quarterly Saturday health screenings for women and children
  • Community Dental Clinic, Fort Smith, Ark., $50,000, partnership with University of Arkansas dental school to see 1,000 new patients through free clinic
  • Mercy Community Outreach Tele-health Project, New Orleans, La., $50,000, equipment for tele-health services in rural communities
  • Health Ministry Network, Springfield, Mo., $4,671, scholarship for parish nurse education

Beginning in 1988, Mercy has awarded Caritas grants each year – today totaling more than $8.5 million to communities across Mercy. The Caritas grant – named after the Latin word “caritas” – means charity. The $100,000 Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant, which is funded by Mercy corporate co-worker donations each year, bears the name of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley. Co-workers have donated $450,000 since the grant’s inception four years ago. This year, the $100,000 grant was split between Fort Smith, Ark., and Washington, Mo., to provide dental care for the underserved.

“The Sisters of Mercy have once again given us the opportunity to demonstrate the ongoing commitment to the communities we serve,” said Britton. “We want to improve access to health care and reach out to the economically disadvantaged, continuing a long heritage of giving.”

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