The mercury in the thermometer rose to high numbers during Saturday’s Mercy Golf Classic, so did the proceeds.
Organizers predict gross funds generated to reach the $11,000 mark.
“We are astonished with the number of teams that participated in our inaugural event,” explained Jody Hoener, Mercy Golf Classic co-organizer. “We are grateful to the golfers, sponsors, Woodland Hill Golf Course employees and our Mercy volunteers who came together to support this terrific fundraiser for the Mercy Health Foundation.”
At the conclusion of Saturday’s Mercy Golf Classic, Jamie Armstrong, Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott board president, made the formal announcement that the foundation would supply the remainder of the funds necessary to purchase an aquatic treadmill called the HydroWorx 300.
“The foundation is pleased to announce that funds are available immediately so the new equipment may be installed at Mercy Health for Life as soon as possible,” Armstrong said.
“We commend the efforts of the Mercy co-workers who initiated the idea of today’s fantastic fundraiser and thank all of you for your participation. The true community spirit shown today is just one way of demonstrating the reason Mercy has remained strong in Fort Scott for 130 years.”
The idea to host a golf tournament originated with a few Mercy co-workers in December during a Mercy Christmas party. Enthusiasm grew once it was announced that the foundation supported the fundraiser and the event’s proceeds would help fund an aquatic treadmill.
According to Kirk Sharp, Mercy Health for Life Manager and event co-organizer, the HydroWorx 300 will meet the demand for aquatic therapy in the Fort Scott area.
Information about the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new equipment will be shared once details are available.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.