Posted by The Morning Journal - January 4, 2016
LORAIN - The Mercy Foundation of Lorain County has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to the Mercy health system for the 2016 fiscal year. The grants provided support the programs and services that residents depend on, according to a news release from Mercy.
Many of the gifts were received by the foundation’s two marquee fundraisers: a Taste of Friendship and the Mercy Golf Classic outing. The Foundation also receives donations from Mercy employees, patients, community organizations and outside grants.
According to the release, the Foundation receives memorial gifts from the families and friends of loved ones who are 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,” said Scott Pember, president of the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County in the news release. “Our total dollars raised in 2015 reflect a 43 percent increase over the 2014 total dollars raised, and a 105 percent increase over the 2013 total dollars raised, 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.”
According to the release, the Foundation receives requests for funding from numerous places such as clinical departments, physicians, staff and individual program managers. It added there is always more requests than there are funds, so the Foundation has to make decisions.
The foundation has given Mercy a new, state-of-the-art MRI scanner which will be made available this year, according to the release. The short-bore MRI, the GE Optima MR450w was installed Dec. 10, 2015. The release said benefits of the machine include reducing scanner time, higher image quality, enhanced comfort and an expanded range of clinical applications.
The new MRI machine represents almost a $3 million investment in the community’s health by Mercy, with $1.3 million of the funding being provided by the foundation.
“While a large part of Mercy’s mission is centered on providing equal access to care for all members of our greater Lorain community, it is equally important to our mission that the care we provide be held to the highest standards possible. This speaks to the value Mercy places on excellence and our belief in the sacredness of all life. Providing the very best technology – such as tomosynthesis mammography and the latest in MRI machinery – allows us to be the most responsible stewards possible of the lives entrusted to us,” Jim Leone, who serves as chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees said in the news release.
Leone said the foundation is deeply grateful of the support of the community, adding that it’s the donors that make these accomplishments possible.
Those that would like to make a donation to the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County can visit www.mercylorain.org for more information about making a gift, sponsoring a fundraiser, volunteering time or donating raffle prizes to be auctioned off at a special event.
Community Outreach — $841,663
Mercy’s outreach efforts include services for those at-risk patients who may not have access to health care. Outreach initiatives include: the Resource Mothers Program, Spanish Interpretation Services and the Parish Nursing Program.
Women’s Health Center — $725,000
The funding is used to cover the cost of mammography services for those who can’t afford the screening. This year, the Foundation also will fund a digital breast tomosynthesis device which is a form of 3-D mammography.
Mercy Cancer Center — $195,000
Funds are used to provide services at the Center for Body, Mind and Spirit those who have cancer.
“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,” Pember said. “Thanks to the generosity of the foundation’s donors and supporters, thousands of lives will be touched through these diverse programs and services.”
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