BERRYVILLE, Ark. – During a recent Mercy Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign with a goal of raising $250,000 for the renovation of 16 hospital patient rooms, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the local community, Mercy Hospital Berryville successfully raised $250,188.89. The hospital began room renovations in 2011, and because the hospital never closes its doors, the room renovations are being done one room at a time as not to disrupt the care of patients. To date, a total of six rooms are complete. Kristy Estrem, president of Mercy Hospital Berryville, stated she is pleased with the improvements made to modernize the rooms.
“We knew this process would take longer than normal because we can only remodel one room at a time,” Estrem said. “And during peak times in our hospital census, we have to occupy all of our rooms which delays progress. Our in-house remodeling crew has been wonderful to work with and to make those adjustments so that patient care is not affected during this project. We are happy to report six rooms have been fully renovated at this point. We are so grateful for the opportunity to make these improvements for our patients, and the finished product is truly remarkable.”
Mercy Health Foundation Berryville’s campaign, “Redesigning Healthcare…Room by Room,” was kicked off in 2010, during the Foundation’s annual Black and White Charity Ball. The campaign received its first big boost when Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville donated $25,000 and issued another matching pledge, if the hospital could find a community donor to contribute $25,000. Wayne and Janet Clark stepped up to the challenge, contributing $25,000, which then led to another $25,000 contribution from the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary later contributed an additional $20,000 to purchase flat screen televisions for each room, for a total contribution of over $70,000.
Numerous local businesses stepped forward with $10,000 donations, including Cornerstone Bank, First National Bank of North Arkansas, First National Bank of Green Forest, Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates, and Tyson Foods ,Inc.
Mercy Hospital Berryville physician, Dr. Richard Taylor, also donated $10,000 to the campaign.
Donors who contributed $5,000 include: Bill Ray, Kristy Estrem, Richard Harp, The Walton Family Foundation, and others in the community who wish to remain anonymous.
Other businesses and individuals who have made the renovations possible include: First Federal Bank-Savings & Loan, Poynor Drug Store, Mercy HospiceCare-Berryville, William Dettwiller Memorial, Alice George, Allen and Marci Rogers, Rob Boaz, Bob Grudek, Bryan and Lydia King, Butch Hanby, Carolyn Bosshardt, Charles Bacon, Gene Porter, Gerald L. Harp, Judith Colclasure, John and Eva Reeve, Keith and June Ham, Robert West, Judge Sam Barr, Sharon Spurlin, Suzanne Villines, physicians and co-workers of Mercy Hospital Berryville, and many other supporters.
Renovations in all the rooms include new patient beds, chairs, tables, room furnishings, ceilings, wall coverings, window treatment, flooring, lighting, heating and air conditioning units, shower fixtures and tiling in the bathrooms.
“We are so grateful to every donor, co-worker, auxiliary member, and physician who has been a part of this project,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Berryville. “It’s amazing to see how this community can pull these resources together and make a positive difference for our patients and the community.”
Mercy Hospital Berryville plans to complete all renovations by the end of summer.