Hot Springs Volunteers Give, Receive

December 6, 2011

Kathy Taylor with the St. Joseph's Mercy Health

Foundation receives a check for $25,000 from

Lee Leckner, President of the Auxiliary.

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St. Joseph’s Mercy recognized its volunteers this week and the St. Joseph’s Mercy Auxiliary responded by continuing to provide needed support.

At the annual volunteers’ Christmas luncheon, St. Joseph’s Mercy Auxiliary President Lee Leckner presented a check for $25,000 to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Foundation. The donation was part of a previously-announced plan to donate $300,000 toward the Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit.

“We assisted in making the da Vinci surgical robot a reality for our hospital. Now we have the Get On The Bus campaign. We will assist in the purchasing of a new mammography bus for our hospital that will provide a much needed service to ladies in surrounding communities who do not have access,” Leckner said during the holiday party luncheon.

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. Joseph’s Mercy announced it had ordered the Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit. It is expected to be in operation in May, 2012. It will be used to bring digital mammography to areas where these services are not available.

The St. Joseph’s Mercy Auxiliary works in a variety of ways, from providing volunteers throughout the hospital to running the gift shop. They hold special sales of various types (jewelry, bake, book, sheets, etc.) and assist whenever and wherever needed.

 “We are approximately 380 individuals who have answered God’s call to minister to his people using our own unique gifts and talents in diverse and specialized ways within a Christian community that is deeply rooted in mercy beliefs and values,” Leckner said. “No better gift can we give than the gift of servant to our patients, our visitors and guests, our co-workers, administration and to each other.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services.

St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs in 2012.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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