Mercy Foundation of Lorain County donates $1.4 million to help improve the health of the community

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(LORAIN) – The Mercy Foundation of Lorain County raised more than $1.4 million in 2013 thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy Allen Hospital auxiliaries and other local foundations. At the end of each year, the foundation awards grants to support Mercy’s programs and improvements across the health system that benefit the entire community.

 A large portion of these gifts were generated by the foundation’s two marquee fundraisers, Taste of Friendship and the Mercy Classic Golf Outing. The foundation also receives regular donations thanks to the engagement of Mercy employees, patients, community organizations and outside grants. Additionally, the foundation received memorial gifts from the families and friends of loved ones served through Mercy New Life Hospice.

 “We are so grateful to every individual and organization that has supported the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County over the last year, says Scott Pember, president of the foundation. “No matter the size of the gift, each and every dollar helps us to improve the health of the community.

 The goal of the foundation is to help Mercy sustain viable and advanced programs and services that benefit patients and families from all walks of life throughout Lorain County. The foundation receives requests for funding from numerous sources, including physicians, staff, departments and individual program managers.  These submissions are carefully reviewed by Mercy president and CEO, Edwin Oley, Mercy’s executive team and the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County board of trustees.

 Each year there are more requests than available funds. Decisions are guided by how the request will support the Mercy mission and provide a margin of excellence that would otherwise not be possible. Funds are awarded in a variety of categories – to purchase new medical equipment, to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities to physicians and staff and to support services to the poor and underserved in the Lorain community.

 Highlights of the services and programs the Mercy Foundation is proud to fund for the 2014 calendar year include:

Community Outreach                                $564,904

Resource Mothers Program, Spanish Interpretation Services and Parish Nursing Program

Mercy Cancer Center                                $215,000

Center for Body, Mind & Spirit

Mercy New Life Hospice                           $169,000

Charity care, patient special needs and memorial walkway

Pharmacy                                                       $132,900

Medication Assistance Program, Naloxone Mist Rescue Kit and Residency Program

Women’s Health Center                            $110,000

Mammography Services

Organizational Learning                           $57,700

Diabetes Education and Rising Stars Programs

Rehabilitation Services                         $35,235

Mercy Rehab Support Group, Lite Gate and Recreation Therapy

Emergency Department                            $15,835

Medical Vein Finder

Infectious Disease                                     $10,000

Food vouchers and gas cards for patients

Thanks to the generosity of the foundation’s donors and supporters,, thousands of lives will be touched through these diverse programs and services, designed to help Mercy advance its mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus.

If you would like to join Mercy in improving the health of our community, please consider a donation to the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County. There are many ways to give: make a donation by going online to http://mercylorain.org/give/ or mailing your gift to the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053. Prospective donors may also visit the foundation website to learn more about sponsoring a fundraiser, volunteering your time or donating raffle prizes to be auctioned off at a special event.

 For more information, please call the foundation at 440.960.3545

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