Grants made to the health system are vital to supporting the programs and services that many residents of Lorain County depend on; these grants would not be possible without the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the health system’s auxiliaries and other local foundations.
A large portion of these gifts were generated by the foundation’s two marquee fundraisers, Taste of Friendship and the Mercy Golf Classic outing.
The foundation also relies on the generous engagement of Mercy employees, patients, community organizations and outside grants. Additionally, the foundation receives 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, Foundation President.
“Our total dollars raised in 2014 reflect a 47% increase over 2013, which is why we are able to sustain such substantial grant awards. Again, this record achievement would not be possible without the continued support of our dedicated and generous donors – no matter the size of the gift, each and every dollar donated helps us to improve the health of the very community in which we live and work.”
The foundation receives requests for funding from numerous sources, including physicians, staff, clinical departments and individual program managers. Because there are always 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 help make Mercy’s high quality healthcare accessible to every member of the Greater Lorain community.
Highlights of the services and programs the Mercy Foundation is proud to fund for the 2015 calendar year include:
Community Outreach $676,971
Mercy’s community outreach efforts include a number of services designed to assist at-risk populations who may not otherwise have access to healthcare. Outreach initiatives include: the Resource Mothers Program, Spanish Interpretation Services and the Parish Nursing Program.
Mercy Cancer Center $195,000
Award dollars are used to provide the holistic services of the Center for Body, Mind & Spirit to those touched by cancer entirely free of charge.
Women’s Health Center $110,650
Foundation funding is used to cover the cost of mammography services for patients who could not otherwise afford this life-saving health screen.
Mercy New Life Hospice $99,000
Award dollars are used to provide end-of-life care to those patients who cannot afford to pay.
Organizational Learning $70,124
Services include diabetes education for the community and a medical internship program for minority high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
Rehabilitation Services $21,000
Foundation funding is used to cover the cost of the Mercy Rehabilitation Support Group and the Recreation Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy Programs – all of which are available to current and former Mercy Rehabilitation patients on a no-cost basis.
“These are just a few examples of the ways in which our donors’ philanthropic dollars are kept in the community and utilized to directly impact patient care,” says Pember. “Thanks to the generosity of the foundation’s donors and supporters, thousands of lives will be touched through these diverse programs and services.”
If you would like to join Mercy in its efforts, please consider a donation to the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County. Visit www.mercylorain.org for more information about making a gift, sponsoring a fundraiser, volunteering your time or donating raffle prizes to be auctioned off at a special event.
For more information, please call the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County at 440-960-3545.