Conference Attendees Give $40,000 to Mercy for Joplin Relief Fund

October 12, 2011

John Kelly, CEO of Bluegrass Business Media presenting check

to St. John’s Mercy CEO Gary Pulsipher and COO Dottie Bringle

St. John’s Mercy CEO Gary Pulsipher and COO Dottie Bringle accepted a check on October 6 for $40,282 to benefit the Mercy Foundation for Health Innovation Joplin Relief Fund, a fund designated to help Mercy co-workers in Joplin. Also present for the check presentation, which took place at the St. John’s MedFlight helipad, was Sallie Hazelrigg, regional vice president, Central North Communities of Mercy Philanthropy.

The donation was presented by John Kelly, CEO of Bluegrass Business Media, the parent company that organizes the IDN Summit — a prominent health care industry conference, which brings together senior health care executives, group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and suppliers to focus on strategic health care supply chain issues.

At this year’s IDN Summit, held September 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz., nearly 1,000 conference attendees helped raise the $40,000 through a silent auction and personal contributions.

“IDN Summit is so pleased to be able to present the Mercy Foundation for Health Innovation with a contribution of more than $40,000,” said Kelly, who traveled to Joplin from Lexington, Ky. “The health care industry is full of heroes of all kinds, whether it be the staff of Mercy’s St. John’s in Joplin putting aside their personal tragedy to help patients during the devastating disaster or the many industry colleagues who came together during the IDN Summit and gave so generously to help aid St. John’s in its quest to focus on a bright future in the city of Joplin.”

Last month at the IDN Summit, Mercy and its supply chain division, ROi, presented, “Lessons Learned in Joplin” during the conference’s general session. Dr. David Hagedorn, emergency department physician, Gene Kirtser, president/CEO of ROi, and JoAnne Levy, vice president of Integrated Sourcing Solutions, ROi, kept a packed room riveted with a video featuring Mercy and ROi co-workers, and provided first-hand accounts of the medical response and supply chain activities following the devastating EF-5 tornado that ripped through Joplin, destroying Mercy’s St. John’s Hospital on May 22.

“We are very appreciative of IDN Summit and all of the conference attendees who generously made a contribution to support Mercy’s Joplin relief efforts,” said Gene Kirtser, president and CEO of ROi. “It is really rewarding to see the health care community band together in time of need. We can’t say thank you enough.”

“This generous donation represents the true philanthropic spirit of helping those in need. We are extremely grateful for IDN Summit’s fundraising initiative on behalf of Mercy and the incredible kindness of all who gave to our Mercy Co-worker Relief Fund,” said Patty Arnold, Mercy vice president of philanthropy.

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