Mercy Health Foundation Donates First Aid Equipment to LaRoche Baseball Complex

April 14, 2015


Shawn Thomas, Fort Scott High School Principal,

accepts a donation from Foundation board members

Darcy Smith, Sharon Campbell, Dave Martin, and

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott President Reta Baker

Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott is proud to announce a donation of over $2,500 in medical equipment to the new LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott, Kansas.

The Foundation board members recently approved the purchase of one AED (automated external defibrillator) and two, first aid kits; one for each dugout. An AED is a portable electronic device used to save lives in case of heart failure.

“The new complex is a tremendous asset to Fort Scott and will draw many players, spectators and visitors,” said Dave Martin, Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott chair and Fort Scott City Manager. “In case of an emergency, quick access to the right medical equipment is vital. With this donation, the Board hopes to put that equipment right where it needs to be.”

Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott was founded in September 1989 with the purpose of securing the health care needs for the residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding region as provided by Mercy. The foundation board is comprised of community leaders entrusted with the responsibility to receive and obtain gifts and property of all kinds and to manage and supervise these assets in support of the care and relief of the sick.  

“The Foundation board continually seeks opportunities to support quality health care in Mercy Hospital’s service area,” Martin added.  “This is just one more way to extend medical care beyond the hospital walls.”

Funding for the equipment purchase was provided by donor contributions to the Foundation’s general fund and fundraising efforts.

Board members present to make the equipment donation on April 14 were: Dave Martin, Foundation board chair; board members Darcy Smith and Sharon Campbell; and Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott president.

Over the years, the foundation has funded the purchase of numerous pieces of hospital equipment and has established an endowment to meet future needs.  Most recently, the foundation spearheaded a $250,000 fundraising campaign to relocate and expand the Mercy Cancer Care Unit of Hope.

For more information about the Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott or opportunities to make a donation, contact the Mercy Development Office at 620-223-8094 or visit

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