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.
The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Oklahoma in 1884 and their mission continues today at Mercy Hospital Ardmore.
Mercy Hospital Ardmore is a full-service hospital with 190 licensed beds. It is southern Oklahoma’s leader in providing cancer care and its Joint Replacement Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for compliance with national quality and patient safety standards. Mercy Health Foundation Ardmore was formed in 2012 with a focus on improving community health care, enhancing patient programs, funding life-saving equipment and supporting capital projects.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Ardmore support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Access and Assistance
Patients in and around Ardmore should be able to access health care services conveniently and confidently. Mercy Health Foundation Ardmore benefits telemedicine programs that leverage technology to remove geographic barriers and allow rural patients to see specialists without leaving their community. Behavioral health and supporting patients in crisis with needs beyond standard medical are also priorities.
Like the Sisters of Mercy before us, we are blazing a new trail to find lifelong cures through modern thinking and innovation.
Mercy Hospital Ardmore was named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the country for 2017 – and one of only two hospitals in Oklahoma to earn this recognition by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, along with iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
Our physicians treat the most challenging diseases while keeping patients close to home, but they can’t do it alone. The Foundation is committed to supporting technology-driven programs and projects, education for co-workers in advanced and specialized fields and to providing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and cutting-edge treatments.
Women and 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 Ardmore continues Catherine’s legacy by supplementing the program and equipment needs for Ardmore’s labor and delivery unit, which ensures quality care for our community’s littlest and most fragile patients.
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 Gala 2019
Thank you for your support of the 2019 Mercy Gala! Proceeds from the evening benefit Mercy Health Foundation and will enable us to continue our tradition of bringing advanced medical services to our local community.
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.