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 Oklahoma City. The Sisters first purchased Oklahoma City General Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City in 1947. Thirty years later, the visionary Sisters moved Mercy to its current location along the John Kilpatrick Turnpike in thriving northwest Oklahoma City. Like the Sisters who pioneered health care in Oklahoma, Mercy remains forward-thinking and continues delivering exceptional and compassionate care to Oklahoma City.
Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Oklahoma City support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home.
Access and Assistance
Mercy strives to care for the poor by investing in programs that serve our most vulnerable patients. The volunteer-run Good Samaritan Clinic helps underserved community members access health screenings and quality care. Mercy Health Foundation Oklahoma City also benefits telemedicine technology and other programs that close gaps in care for Oklahomans.
Like the Sisters of Mercy before us, we are blazing a new trail to find lifelong cures through modern thinking and innovation.
Close to 2,000 new cancers are diagnosed in the Coletta Building annually. Mercy’s oncologists offer advanced treatment for the most challenging diseases while keeping patients close to home, but they can’t do it alone. Mercy Health Foundation 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 Mercy’s NeuroScience Institute (NSI), physicians are using world class techniques and equipment to diagnose and treat stroke patients. Many of Mercy’s stroke patients are able to go directly home instead of to a rehabilitation facility after experiencing a stroke. Mercy’s NSI is Oklahoma City’s premiere stroke center. Your gifts allow us to bring transformative and life-saving advancements to your friends and neighbors.
Women and Children
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 Oklahoma City continues Catherine’s legacy by supplementing the program and equipment needs for Oklahoma City’s labor and delivery unit and NICU. The Foundation also funds breast health services and Project Early Detection, which is a program that helps uninsured women get mammograms and treatment.
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.
Cathy Glover beat cancer thanks to the support of donors like you. Click below to hear her story.
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.