It was another successful year for Mercy Hospital Berryville’s Black and White Charity Ball. The 14th annual event, held Feb. 18 at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, raised nearly $54,000.
“Our reliably generous community once again showed up and left their mark,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Berryville. “Donors brought in $53,588 to help us improve patient care in Northwest Arkansas.”
The funds, raised mostly during live and silent auctions, a pledge drive and through corporate sponsorships, have been used to buy a new stress test machine – or electrocardiogram. Hundreds of patients at Mercy Hospital Berryville undergo stress testing each year to pinpoint heart disease, irregular heartbeat or other cardiovascular issues.
Dr. Richard Taylor, who oversees stress tests at Mercy Hospital Berryville, spoke at the Feb. 18 gala. The event also featured live entertainment by country band Spa City Jumpers.
“It feels great to get everyone together, year after year, and make such a big impact,” Qualls said. “And the impact will be felt immediately, as we ordered the new piece of equipment less than ten days after the event. We are blessed to provide this new technology to our patients.”
That success was made possible by more than 20 dependable sponsors: Northwest Arkansas Pathology; Anstaff Bank; Arvest Bank; Fresh Harvest; Tyson Foods; Mercy Auxiliary; Equity Bank; Kirk’s Excavation; Economy Drug; New Leaf Publishing; Poynor Drug; Kerusso; Scheel Law Office; Carroll Electric; Nelson Funeral Service; Montgomery-Whiteley Realty, Clay Maxey Ford of Berryville, Shelter Insurance ® – Agents Richard and Mary Lou Harp, Ozark Physical Therapy, Ron and Joy Flake, Kings River Title and Berryville Self Service and Storage.
In addition to colonoscopes, the Black and White Charity Ball has most recently funded new patient stretchers in the Mercy emergency room, as well as state-of-the-art patient monitors in the surgery department. Additional funds from this year’s event will go toward the purchase of new cardiac rehab equipment.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and includes 43 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.