Mercy Northwest Arkansas pauses today to give thanks and to remember Don Soderquist, an incredible man who inspired and blessed us with his knowledge, experiences, resources, wisdom, smile and most of all his kindness to his fellow man. We are saddened, but we also celebrate his full life.
Don Soderquist was a gifted leader who lived his faith in life and business, sharing the simplest of messages in his book Live, Learn, Lead to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8 NKJV).
Mercy is grateful for the Soderquist family’s generous support since 1994. The Soderquists have been strong advocates for expanding and improving health care in Northwest Arkansas and were instrumental in the campaign to build Mercy Hospital in Rogers in 2008. Their generosity also aided Mercy in building a comprehensive cardiovascular treatment program that includes a heart and vascular surgery unit named in their honor.
The Soderquists have been steadfast supporters of Mercy’s largest annual fundraiser, the Charity Ball, and were honored as the ball’s Family of the Year in 2014.
Mercy Hospital President Eric Pianalto treasured Don Soderquist as a friend and mentor for decades.
“Don has been an inspiration to me, and his insight and mentorship have been invaluable. His wisdom about knowing your personal values so that your personal and business decisions are grounded in a solid ethical standard – this has served me well, and I’m thankful for his good influence,” Pianalto said.
Mercy wishes to express its condolences to Jo Soderquist, the Soderquist family and the many friends, associates and community members mourning Don Soderquist’s passing Thursday.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of our friend, who has touched so many of us within Mercy. This is a tough time for us, but also for the entire community of Northwest Arkansas,” said Martine Pollard, executive director of communications and community integration.