Advocacy Center receives $30,000 donation

February 16, 2012

Janice McCutcheon, director of the

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

speaks to members of the Hot Springs

Giving Circle.

The Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center at St. Joseph’s Mercy in Hot Springs has received a $15,000 donation from the Hot Springs Giving Circle. In turn, the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Foundation matched the donation, allowing the center to expand services and the number of children they are able to see.

“We expanded on the west side of the building and were able to add another interview room, another observation room, a therapy room and some more offices,” said Janice McCutcheon, director of the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

The Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy is an Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance. It is Arkansas’ first hospital-based facility for child abuse and neglect and was founded by St. Joseph’s Mercy in 2003 after it was learned Garland County was part of one of Arkansas’ top three judicial districts in the filing of child maltreatment reports. The center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

 “We also were able to purchase state-of-the-art video equipment. We’re able to have two interviews at the same time and iRecord can record those interviews and store them, and we can burn DVDs off that. It’s amazing technology,” McCutcheon said.

The Hot Springs Giving Circle was founded in 2007 to address specific needs in the community.

“We must protect our children. A lot of this is hidden and this is a way to educate people and talk about it,” said Dorothy Morris of Hot Springs Giving Circle.

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. On April 30, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 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

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