Together we can touch more lives. Save more lives. And improve more lives.

Who We Are

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 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 commitment to Joplin dates back to 1896 when the Sisters of Mercy began caring for this community, and their mission continues today at Mercy Hospital Joplin. Mercy Health Foundation Joplin supports the hospital by enhancing patient programs, funding life-saving equipment and supporting capital projects. The Foundation completed a $15 million fundraising campaign to aid in the rebuilding of Mercy Hospital Joplin in the wake of an EF5 tornado that leveled the hospital in 2011.

Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Joplin support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.

Patients in and around Joplin should be able to access health care services conveniently and confidently. With your help, Mercy Health Foundation Joplin benefits telemedicine programs that leverage technology to remove geographic barriers and allow rural patients to see primary and specialty care providers without leaving their community. Recent support of new 3D mammography equipment and digital upgrades to the mobile mammography unit demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to making the most advanced treatment options available to urban and rural patients alike.

Your gifts help treat the most challenging diseases while keeping patients close to home.

Grateful Families

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.

Stick It to Cancer 2020

NEW EVENT DATE: Friday, November 13, 2020

Because the health of our friends and neighbors is our highest priority, Stick It to Cancer has been postponed and will now be held on Friday, November 13. We are grateful for your understanding and support.

Join Mercy Health Foundation for our annual “Stick It” fundraising event. All proceeds will help provide equipment, programs, education and resources to benefit area cancer patients.

Visit the event page to learn more.

Annual Report | FY 2019

Thank you for your generous support and partnership as we continue to carry out Mercy’s mission in the communities we serve.

View the Mercy Health Foundation Joplin Annual Report

Joplin Staff and Board of Directors

Meet the Mercy Health Foundation Joplin Staff and Board of Directors

Staff and Board of Directors