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Mercy Community Health Foundation hits $500K goal for cardiac cath lab upgrade

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Mercy Community Health Foundation Board is pleased to announce the completion of the $500,000 fundraising campaign to update equipment in one of Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan’s cath labs following a pledge by The Mercy Auxiliary Board to fund the remaining balance of the goal.   

The Mercy Crystal Gala held in February netted $68,397 which paired with earlier campaign contributions brought the fundraising total to $435,665. The $64,335 donation by The Mercy Auxiliary will finalize the half-million dollar campaign.   

The cath lab is used for life-saving procedures such as pacemakers, angioplasty, heart catheteri-zation, dialysis catheter placement, balloon and stenting intervention, interventional radiology procedures, fistula care and more.  

In March 2019, Mercy Community Health Foundation Board announced the fundraising campaign to purchase new equipment for a second cath lab that had been out of service since January 2018. A lead gift of $25,000 from the Bernie Butler family launched the campaign. The fundraising goal was approximately one-fourth the total cost of the $1.9 million project. 

“In today’s healthcare climate, we are very grateful for philanthropic support so our local hospital can offer vital healthcare services to our community,” said Tina Rockhold, senior development director. “On behalf of the foundation board members, I offer sincere thanks to our donors who believe in the foundation’s mission of providing exceptional healthcare at the local level.” 

Through the generosity of benefactors, the foundation funded an upgrade to 3D Mammography in 2018, has expanded and enhanced medical services for patients, supported other equipment and facility upgrades, enhanced programs for women and children, assisted clinicians with costs for advanced training and education, and purchased prescriptions for patients without insurance.   

For more information, visit Mercy Community Health Foundation or call Tina Rockhold at 785-587-5462. 

About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.