Arvest Foundation Makes Donation to Patient Assistance Program

August 3, 2020

Arvest Bank, Mercy Joplin officials at check presentation Arvest Bank, Mercy Joplin officials at check presentation

The Arvest Foundation is helping cancer patients at Mercy Hospital Joplin with a $5,000 grant awarded to the Oncology Patient Assistance Program. The program exists to help cancer patients in need pay for things related to their treatment such as transportation and nutrition.

"Now more than ever, access to quality health care and vital medical services is crucial to our Joplin region and surrounding communities," said Chad Evans, president of Arvest Bank. "On behalf of the Arvest Foundation, we want to say thank you to Mercy for its efforts to combat cancer. We are pleased to join in this effort."

Unfortunately, some patients struggle to get, or pay for, the care and education they need. The Oncology Patient Assistance Program, thanks to generous grants and donations such as this one from the Arvest Foundation, works to help those individuals with their various needs.

“On behalf of Mercy Health Foundation’s Board of Directors, we want to thank Arvest Foundation for their generosity and support,” said Kim Kory, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation. “We are so grateful for all of our friends at our local Arvest Bank who are committed to people helping people. Their support has had a tremendous impact on improving health care in our community.”

“In these times, especially, this generous gift is ever so appreciated by the cancer care team at Mercy and we thank the Arvest Foundation for it,” said Whit Sanders, executive director of cancer services. “These funds will be used to provide patients nutritional supplements and transportation assistance. Proper nutrition is very important in the treatment of cancer. The effort and expense of getting to appointments can be overwhelming for some, so, additionally, we will use this grant for travel assistance for patients with transportation needs both from Joplin and the surrounding communities.”