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 A Life & Legacy: Sister Mary Lawrence 100 Years Tribute

During a busy day or the quiet of a long night, she was there - a presence for all inside that they were being watched over and cared for with The Mercy Touch. For more than 60 years, Sister Mary Lawrence tended her Mercy flock - patients, families, physicians, Mercy employees - all who walked through the hospital doors.

Born in 1910, her life of 89 years spanned decades of change in health care, and her legacy continues with us today. The buildings she erected are visible evidence. The improvements and innovations in medical care she introduced formed the foundation for Mercy's national recognition. Yet to view her in terms of brick and mortar and these accomplishments alone would overlook the deep faith and indomitable spirit that made her such a remarkable woman. In quiet moments, largely unrecorded, she offered hope and consolation to thousands of patients, families, medical staff and hospital employees. She gave
instructions to be called at any time night or day to the bedside of dying patients and she made those sad visits for over 60 years at Mercy Hospital.

As Sister said, "Mercy is my hospital,'' and it remains so today as an independent, local medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy; an innovator and provider of quality care to all in need.

We ask you to join us in paying tribute to this visionary leader as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth. Your contribution will be placed in the Sister Mary Lawrence Fund, where it will be used to further her work. Recent disbursements from this fund have been used to give emergency aid to 221 Mercy employees severely impacted by the flood of June 2008 and most recently to launch Mercy's Parish Nurse Program.

Help her legacy continue. Give to the Sister Mary Lawrence Fund. All donations, regardless of size, will be recognized in the Partners 2010 Fall Annual Report. Donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a tribute wall in the hospital (Gifts of $1,000 or more may be paid over a two-year pledge period). 

$1,000 - $4,999 Friends of Mercy
$5,000 - $9,999 Our Lady of Mercy
$10,000 - $24,999 St. Rapheal (patron saint of medical workers)
$25,000 - $49,999 St. Camilus de Lellis (patron saint of nurses)
$50,000 Sister Mary Lawrence
$100,000 Catherine McAuley Circle 

Thank you for joining our tribute to the life of Sister Mary Lawrence and continuing her legacy.


Sister James Marie Donahue
Chairman of the Board
Mercy Foundation

Timothy L. Charles
President and CEO
Mercy Medical Center

Sue Hawn, CFRE
Foundation President
Mercy Foundation

P.S. We invite you to email us your favorite memory of Sister Mary Lawrence. Excerpts will be published in the Partners fall annual report.

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