The Boeing Company has announced that it will increase its support of charity care programs at Mercy Hospital St. Louis with a gift of $1 million. The announcement was made to a sold-out crowd attending Mercy’s annual Mardi Gras Masquerade at The Chase Park Plaza on Saturday.
Boeing’s gift, to be distributed over the next four years, will be used to support two specific charity care initiatives. The first, to renovate Mercy’s JFK Clinic and the second, to expand Mercy’s outreach efforts to benefit underserved children and their families in the community.
The renovation of the JFK Clinic will provide five additional exams rooms, improved patient privacy, better workflow efficiency for physicians and residents, technology upgrades and an expanded waiting room.
“Boeing is committed to supporting organizations like Mercy Hospital that do tremendous work in the community, providing programs and services to those in need of care,” said George Roman, Boeing vice president of State and Local Government Operations and St. Louis Regional Executive. “Boeing shares the same vision in making our community a great place to live, work and learn, and is proud to support two Mercy initiatives that will touch countless lives in a professional and compassionate way.”
More than 31,000 eligible uninsured or under-insured patients receive comprehensive medical care, obstetrical services and low-cost prescriptions annually at the JFK Clinic. They often face a combination of barriers, including financial constraints, cultural limitations (language) and means of transportation.
The JFK Clinic maintains an in-house pharmacy for patients that fills more than 120,000 prescriptions annually and operates under a $4 million budget for medicines underwritten by Mercy. The Clinic also offers electronic health records for all patients to support increased efficiency and decrease duplicative testing. Patients have access to all services provided by Mercy – all which honor JFK pricing structures.
“Offering quality care and exceptional service to all patients is a crucial element of the mission and ministry of Mercy,” said Jeff Johnston, president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. “We are grateful for Boeing’s commitment and remain dedicated to serving the most vulnerable residents of St. Louis and surrounding counties.”
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
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