ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, several Religious Sisters of Mercy, along with Mercy leaders and co-workers gathered on the new St. John’s Plaza for a blessing and dedication of the new plaza and fountain at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
The fountain was made possible with a generous gift by Steve Notestine, honoring his late wife Pat and in appreciation of Mercy Fertility Care Services. The Notestines first sought services at Mercy, and eventually Pat worked for the department from 1998 until her passing in 2012.
Initiated by Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage in 1977, Mercy Fertility Care Services was the first hospital‐based Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System department in the world. An outgrowth of St. Louis University’s Natural Family Planning and Education Center, Mercy Fertility Care Services is supported by Mercy Hospital St. Louis and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Mercy Fertility Care Services offers Creighton Model fertility services to help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally, without chemicals or devices, and also assists with family planning, fertility education and infertility support. More than 4,450 patients have been served for family planning or women’s health issues at Mercy Fertility Care Services.
In addition, through a partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, more than 700 engaged individuals were introduced to fertility care services last year and hundreds of parents and children attended programs about the emotional and physical changes of adolescence at Mercy and local parishes. All outreach and education keeps with the Catholic faith and ethical and religious directives.
Continually growing and changing, Mercy Fertility Care Services plans to expand its local services by promoting fertility care services in Mercy clinics and utilizing video technology with couples in the four states served by Mercy.