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.
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1891, Mercy Hospital Springfield serves people throughout southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. The campus includes an 886-bed hospital, a Level I Trauma Center & Burn Center, Life Line air ambulance service, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, Cancer Center, Heart Institute and a nationally-certified Stroke Center.
Mercy Health Foundation Springfield was formed in October 2001 with a focus on improving community health care, enhancing patient programs, providing life-saving equipment and funding capital projects. Since then, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to benefit Mercy’s important work in Springfield.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Springfield support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Catherine McAuley, Mercy’s Founder, had a particular concern for the poor. Even more specifically, she worked to assist children in need.
Donors like you continue Catherine’s legacy by supporting Mercy Health Foundation Springfield’s campaign to build a Mercy Kids Children’s Hospital. The new facility will include a state-of-the-art pediatric emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, inpatient center and a child-friendly test and treatment center
Access and Assistance
Patients in and around southwest Missouri should be able to access health care services conveniently and confidently. Funds raised by Mercy Health Foundation Springfield will support the construction of a 50,000 square foot, multi-specialty facility in Branson, MO, helping to bring quality health care closer to home for thousands of patients and their families.
Mercy’s cardiologists and cardio vascular surgeons offer advanced treatment for the most challenging diseases while keeping patients close to home, but they can’t do it alone. Mercy Health Foundation Springfield is committed to supporting technology-driven programs and projects, education for co-workers in advanced and specialized fields, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and cutting–edge treatment options at the new Mercy Heart Hospital.
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.
Mercy’s Vision of Excellence Series
Mercy Health Foundation’s First to Know luncheons are intended to educate community members about medical developments and trends impacting the communities we serve. First to Know luncheons are held quarterly in the Catherine McAuley Conference Center. Contact the Foundation office to learn more.
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.