Mercy Health Foundation Gives Back to Heart Patients

December 3, 2015

Thanks to a generous donation by the Mercy Health Foundation, Mercy Joplin now offers the Mercy Heart Pillows  to patients recovering from open heart surgery.

The therapy service was one heart patients once received as part of the original St. John’s Center for Heart Care started in 1981.

“The pillows help support the incision site when the patient coughs, and protects it when they travel in a vehicle so the seatbelt doesn’t rub and cause discomfort.” said Dr. Stephen Meyer, cardiovascular surgeon. “We can also write on it to illustrate the surgical procedure done and the care team can write words of encouragement before the patient is dismissed to go home. This is something I really wanted to bring back to our patients; it seems so simple but can really make a difference in their level of comfort during recovery.”

“Our new hospital offers many added comforts to our patients,” said Miranda Lewis, director of Mercy Health Foundation. “We are just excited to be able to link to that little piece of history dating back to when our amazing heart program began. It’s something that has helped provide comfort for many patients that have passed through the doors of our hospitals over the years. What a great addition to this state of the art program we have today.”

Mercy Health Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises money and community awareness for Mercy Hospital. It is dependent on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to help Mercy meet community health care needs. Mercy Health Foundation invests its philanthropic support in facilities and the advancement of technologies and programs to enhance Mercy’s ability to provide excellence in health care. For more information, visit

Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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