Mercy: "Heart of the Blues"

March 1, 2013

Fans who purchased the Heart of the Blues hat

were recently invited onto the ice following a game

to participate in a “Heart of the Blues” photo.

ST. LOUIS - As the season on ice heats up, Mercy is becoming known as the “Heart of the Blues.” The St. Louis Blues partnered with Mercy to bring awareness about heart health and support research programs.

Throughout the season, Blues fans will be prompted to learn more about Mercy’s heart programs and support them through “Heart of the Blues” special offers and contests.

A special website leads visitors to learn more about Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital, take a free online heart risk assessment or register for a heart screening in their community.

A special edition “Heart of the Blues” hat will be sold throughout the season for $20 with $10 of each sale benefiting cardiovascular research at Mercy. These special hats are available at the True Blues Team store at Scottrade Center, as well as at the gift shops at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Hospital Washington and Mercy Clayton-Clarkson.

All season, fans who purchase a “Heart of the Blues” hat can tweet a photo of themselves wearing the hat using #heartoftheblues for a chance to win Blues tickets. They were also recently invited onto the ice following a game to participate in a “Heart of the Blues” photo.

During the season, the Blues will post four raffles to win “unique Blues memorabilia or experiences” at

“Hockey fans are known for their intense passion for the game,” said Donn Sorensen, regional president for Mercy’s east Missouri region. “Through our relationship with the Blues and other high-profile partners, Mercy intends to inspire that same passion for our life-saving care.”

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center, a comprehensive children's hospital, a surgery center and a 120-bed skilled nursing center.

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. In Mercy’s east Missouri region, services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization. For more about Mercy, visit

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