Caring for people extends far beyond Mercy’s bricks and mortar. Thanks to $600,000 in Mercy grants, more than 100,000 lives will be touched and enriched within the next year.
This year, the Mountain View community is among dozens receiving grants as part of the Mercy Caritas and Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant programs. Mercy Caritas (caritas meaning “charity” in Latin) was established by Mercy in 1987 to provide funds to health and human services programs that meet unique community needs.
The Mountain View Good Samaritan Clinic, which has provided much-needed medical and dental services to the uninsured for more than a decade, has received $12,000 in grant funds. It will pay for prescription medication, antibiotics, a variety of hypertension and diabetes medications, as well as diabetic supplies. In 2014, the clinic saw nearly 2,300 visits from more than 50 locations in Southwest Missouri. That same year, it provided more than 1,300 prescriptions.
The Mountain View community will also soon have more help “kicking the habit.” Through this year’s grants, Mercy St. Francis Hospital will provide an expansive tobacco cessation program – through secondhand smoking education for preschools, tobacco avoidance courses for middle school children, and Freedom from Smoking classes for parents and the community.
“In our region, 27 percent of adults use tobacco, compared to the national average of 14 percent,” said Cindy Tooley, executive director of operations at Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “Because of that, our hospital spends a great deal of resources on patients with emphysema and other health issues related to smoking. By providing this program, we hope to turn that statistic around.”
Now in its 28th year of operation, Mercy Caritas is providing a total of $500,000 in grants. The Catherine McAuley fund offers an additional $100,000 in grants funding supported by Mercy co-workers as part of the annual Mercy Way campaign.
The money is awarded to programs in communities where Mercy serves. Click here to learn more about this year’s other recipients.