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.
Since 1950, Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas has served the people of Northwest Arkansas and surrounding communities. Today, Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas is an acute care hospital with over 200 licensed beds. The campus includes a Heart and Vascular Center, Outpatient Surgery Center and a Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Access and Assistance
Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas continues its campaign to deliver the highest quality of care possible while keeping patients close to home. Campaign donors are helping increase the capacity of the hospital as well as open seven new clinics to support the growing health care needs of our community.
Women & Children’s Health
Catherine McAuley, Mercy’s Founder, had a particular concern for the poor. Even more specifically, she worked to assist women and children in need. Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas continues Catherine’s legacy by providing for program and equipment needs for the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and breast health services.
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.
25th Annual O’ Night Divine Charity Ball
Mercy’s 25th Annual O’ Night Divine Charity Ball is a premier event in Northwest Arkansas, through the generous support of our community partners. Guests will enjoy top-notch entertainment, a delicious four-course dinner, the opportunity to bid on exclusive live auction packages and cap off the evening with an over-the-top after party. Learn more.
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.