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.
Save the date for the 2019 Charity Ball on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Mercy Charity Ball continues the work of Mercy Health Foundation –supporting the health of our community. To learn more or register online, click here.
Annual Report | FY 2018
Thank you for your generous support and partnership as we continue to carry out Mercy’s mission in the communities we serve.