ST. LOUIS – While the weather was gloomy outside, inside it was a carnival atmosphere at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Volunteers brightened spirits with a fun carnival featuring traditional games, prizes, popcorn machine, face painting and more during Benefit for the Kids Week.
Benefit for the Kids Week honors the patients, families and caregivers who benefit from the 10th Annual Mercy Health Foundation Benefit for the Kids golf tournament and dinner auction. A full week of fundraising activities - trivia night, golf tournament, dinner auction and fun activities for the patients and co-workers - benefit programs and services at Mercy Children’s Hospital including the Mercy Children’s Therapy and Development Center, Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric oncology and Hoffman Pediatric Emergency Department.
To date, the Benefit has garnered more than $3.5 million to support children in our community.
With a legacy of faith-based care more than 150 years strong, Mercy Children’s includes pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo. Kids are cared for by more than 700 primary care providers, including pediatricians and family doctors, and more than 125 pediatric specialists. Mercy Children’s supports healthy childhoods through educational outreach programs across four states.
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, Mercy’s 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.