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Community benefit has been a part of Mercy's heritage for more than 100 years, when the hospital was founded by the Sisters of Mercy to take care of the sick and the poor. It is a way for our employees to reach beyond the walls of the hospital, making a difference in the community during work hours.
Mercy continually strives to expand the visibility and importance of community benefit activities, firmly believing that each person has the responsibility to reach out and touch the lives of others. From free health screenings to helping out at a non-profit organization, our employees' contributions are an expression of The Mercy Touch.®
The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) donation program at Mercy is designed to equip local non-profits demonstrating financial need with the life-saving devices. The non-profits must also exhibit a need for AED coverage for their facility and participate in an application process. Download the application (PDF).
As a locally owned and operated hospital since 1900, Mercy Medical Center is committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We value the work nonprofit organizations are doing to alleviate social inequities and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this work. Recently, we decided to reevaluate how we spend our charitable resources as it is our intent to be more responsive to immediate and local needs. As a result, we have established revised guidelines for donation requests. Please review and complete this document if you are a nonprofit organization interested in requesting a donation from Mercy.
Mercy remains as fundamentally rooted in the needs of eastern Iowans today as it was when the Sisters of Mercy opened its doors more than a century ago. The hospital is committed to nourishing the best health and well-being of all people, especially frail, vulnerable, at-risk members of the community who face obstacles to achieving good health. The Community Initiatives report exemplifies a snapshot of the life-improving activities at work at Mercy, and the organization’s leadership in addressing charitable needs to cultivate a thriving community. Download the report (PDF).
Mercy recognizes the importance of rural first responders. Often the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, it is imperative that first responders in rural areas have access to education and resources needed to provide the best medical assistance to residents in their communities. Mercy is proud to offer this grant to further strengthen rural emergency care by building and fostering relationships with the first responders who faithfully serve outside urban cities. Download the application to learn more (PDF).
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