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.
In 2001, Aurora Community Hospital and South Barry County Hospital join Mercy and for almost 20 years continue to serve the health care needs and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Aurora and Cassville support critical projects in these communities. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Through collaborative partnerships, Mercy Health Foundation impacts the flourishing of our communities by inviting into our ministry those who have a passion to improve quality of life and make care accessible for all.
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.
We are always creating ways to help better the lives of people in the community. Visit our event page for upcoming events.
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.