Mercy was founded in gratitude.
When a young Irish woman named Catherine McAuley received an unexpected inheritance, she gave thanks to God and her benefactor. Catherine used those funds to open the first house of Mercy, serving impoverished women and children in Dublin. Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy, a new kind of religious community – one that lived outside cloistered walls. The sisters were known as the “walking Sisters” because of their willingness to go out and serve the community.
Mercy’s roots in Arkansas extend back to 1853, when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Fort Smith to open schools and care for the sick. Today, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith is an acute care hospital with over 300 licensed beds and delivers quality care close to home. Named a 2017 Consumer Choice Award Winner by the National Research Corp, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith has earned the honor for 13 years in a row.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Fort Smith support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Mercy Health Foundation Fort Smith focuses on improving community health care, enhancing patient programs, funding life-saving equipment and supporting capital projects.
Mercy’s physicians offer advanced treatment for the most challenging diseases while keeping patients close to home, but they can’t do it alone.
Through the generosity of donors like you, the Foundation supports patients at every stage of life – from providing life-saving equipment for our tiniest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to helping our low-income seniors maintain their independence through medical alert technology. And, those facing the end of life receive medical supplies and comfort items as well as spiritual guidance through the illness process.
Mercy patients and their families often want to say “thanks” in some special way for the exceptional care they received. Our Grateful Families program is one way to express gratitude while helping share the gift of healing with others. Learn more.
White Christmas Charity Ball
Save the date for the 51st Annual White Christmas Charity Ball on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Fort Smith Convention Center. We hope to see you at this not-to-be-missed social event. View photos from last year’s event.
Mercy Named Top Five Health Care System in the U.S. by Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems three years in a row. Read more.