The Soderquist family is Mercy’s 2014 Family of the Year Honoree. Long time supporters of Mercy, the family has given its time and resources since 1994 to the Mercy mission. Their 21 years of support has touched a number of key initiatives for Mercy including their $1 million dollar donation to the building of Mercy’s Hospital along interstate 540 in Rogers.
“The Soderquist family has been such a blessing for Mercy and Northwest Arkansas as a whole,” said Clark Ellison, regional vice president of Mercy Health Foundation. “The example they have set for their children and others on giving is remarkable. As a nonprofit organization, we can’t thank them enough for supporting the work of Mercy.”
In 2012, the family gave an additional $1 million gift to Mercy’s “Advancing Care Together” Campaign benefiting Mercy’s Heart and Vascular program. The Soderquist’s generous gift aided in Mercy’s building a comprehensive Cardiovascular Program for the NWA community. Today, the cardiac program consists of an 11-bed procedure unit dedicated solely to heart patients, four cardiac catheterization labs, Arkansas’ first robotic C-arm aiding cardiologists in receiving better heart images faster and the ability to perform minimally invasive procedures, a cardiac imaging suite, nuclear medicine cameras, five echocardiogram machines, two nuclear stress rooms and one echo stress room and more.
Mercy’s Emmi program, a series of educational patient videos, is another example of a Mercy initiative the Soderquist family supported. The Emmi videos can help patients manage their chronic condition or even prepare for an upcoming procedure and can be watched anytime using a computer, tablet or smart phone connected to the Internet. Emmi programs also answer frequently asked questions. Patients can also share Emmi videos with family and friends, especially if they are involved in their care.
Mercy is thankful for the long time support of the Soderquist family, and their dedication to advancing healthcare to all in Northwest Arkansas.