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Mercy Comfort Women’s Center


Mercy Comfort Women’s Center

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Frank Comfort was devoted to the women in his life. From his mother and grandmother — to his wives, daughters and the Sisters of Mercy — Frank felt blessed. The Comfort family often provided leadership, service and financial support to the Sisters of Mercy and their mission of caring for those in need.

Today, the Comfort family is once again making a difference by helping establish a first of its kind health center in Iowa. This center will be dedicated to the health needs of midlife women. The Comfort Family Foundation donated a lead gift of $8.5 million to establish a women’s center in honor of all the women in Frank’s family. This new facility will be known as the Mercy Comfort Women’s Center.

“Mr. Comfort shared with us that everything good in his life was a result of being surrounded by strong women,” said Mercy Foundation President Shannon Duval. “It motivated him to commit to a gift that will impact women’s health for decades to come.”

      The Mercy Comfort Women’s Center will be located on the first level of the Mercy West Medical Clinic at 1601 NW 114th Street in Clive and provide comprehensive services which are vital to a woman’s health and wellness during midlife. The center physicians and staff will connect women to preventative and specialty medical services at one convenient location with a warm and inviting environment. Primary programs and clinics will include:

  • Katzmann Breast Center for comprehensive breast health care
  • A clinic for incontinence and urologic care
  • Medical Imaging
  • Internal medicine services including endocrinology and behavioral health
  • Dermatology and plastic surgical services
  • A visiting physicians clinic for specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology and neurology which can require special care for womenSharon Krause and Leisha Barcus

“We are honored the Comfort family has entrusted us with developing a center dedicated to diseases and conditions experienced almost exclusively by women,” said obstetric gynecologist Stephen Feltz, M.D. “This center will deliver highly focused patient care.”

Planning and preparations for construction of the Mercy Comfort Women’s Center is already underway.    Services at Katzmann Breast Center and Medical Imaging services will be made available during construction. The Mercy Comfort Women’s Center is expected to open in early 2017.


About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy operates four not-for-profit Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually-operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with about 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 105 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.


About Mercy Foundation:

Since 1973, Mercy Foundation has worked with generous community members, patients, corporations and organizations to support Mercy initiatives vital to community health needs. Mercy Foundation is the preferred channel of giving to Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, West Lakes and Centerville, Skiff Medical Center – Newton, Mercy Health Network, Mercy College of Health Sciences, House of Mercy, Mercy Hospice and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. For more information, visit or call (515) 247-3248.


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