Mercy’s tiniest patients, found in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), are the focus of the 21st Annual Mercy Foundation “Dickey Ray Club Project.” Among the most precious, these little babies are also the most fragile and require a higher level of care. In addition to bringing two new neonatologists, Dr. Kimberly Thorton and Dr. Wayne Stillick, onto the team this past year, Mercy is also investing in the latest advanced NICU equipment, including a transport isolette and customized ventilators that provide specialized respiratory support to premature babies.
“An important part of working with these little ones is walking alongside their moms and dads through such a difficult time in their lives,” said Allison Apple, director of Mercy Labor and Delivery. “We want to give our absolute best. I know when someone thinks of a ventilator they might just see a piece of medical equipment, yet for these parents it’s what is helping their newborn breathe and giving them a fighting chance for a full life. On behalf of our providers, nurses and staff, we are deeply grateful for the generosity of our community and for those who will donate at this year’s Charity Ball.”
Named after Dick Trammel, a Mercy board member, the Dickey Ray Club Project is a tradition that started ten years ago. Charity Ball attendees are challenged to raise $75,000 in ten minutes; a challenge they not only meet but often surpass. Choosing where this year’s Dickey Ray Club Project money will go was easy.
“There isn’t anything more precious than a little newborn, yet at the same time, there isn’t anything more heart breaking than seeing one sick,” said Clark Ellison, regional vice president of Mercy Health Foundation. “It’s our privilege as the Foundation to partner with our Charity Ball supporters to bring the highest level of care to these little patients and their families.”
Set for December 6, other proceeds from the Charity Ball enhance health care services, support patient education, purchase equipment, fund building projects and fund charity care at Mercy Northwest Arkansas.
Tickets may be purchased on Mercy’s website at www.mercy.net/nwa-charity-ball or by calling 479-338-2990.