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Mercy Foundation Receives Grant from Prairie Meadows for the Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women

Final Exterior Rendering 1.21.16DES MOINES, Iowa – Prairie Meadows has awarded a $100,000 Legacy Grant to Mercy Foundation for the construction of the Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. The center will be located on the first level of the Mercy West Medical Clinic at 1601 NW 114th Street in Clive and will provide comprehensive services which are vital to a woman’s health and wellness during midlife. The facility is currently under construction and is projected to open for patients beginning in spring of 2017.

The center will be the first of its kind in Iowa. The center’s physicians and staff will connect women to preventative and specialty medical services at one convenient location with a warm and inviting environment. It will serve women from the Greater Des Moines area and beyond. “We are excited and honored to be a part of this significant project for Mercy and women in the community,” said Julie Stewart, Director of Community Relations for Prairie Meadows.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this grant from Prairie Meadows,” said Leisha Barcus, Director of the Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. “This grant is helping us to reach our fundraising goal for this important project. The Comfort Health Center for Women will make available a team of specialists, all located in one convenient location, to bring quality health care and support to women as they enter midlife and beyond.  By providing this funding, Prairie Meadows is helping empower women to address their unique healthcare challenges and achieve their best quality of life.”  The center is being made possible, in part, through an $8.5 million gift from the Comfort Family Foundation.

About Prairie Meadows Legacy Grants:

Prairie Meadows supports a limited number of large-scale, signature projects in the state of Iowa through their Legacy Grant Program. This program is designed to provide funding in the range of $100,000 to $1 million. Each application is carefully evaluated on overall community impact. Funding from the grant program has played a major role in revitalizing the Greater Des Moines area. Projects that have received funding from Prairie Meadows Legacy Grants include: The Principal Riverwalk, Pappajohn Sculpture Garden, Iowa Hall of Pride Museum, High Trestle Trail, and the Des Moines Public Library.

About Mercy Foundation:

For decades, Mercy Foundation has worked with generous community members, patients, corporations and organizations to support Mercy initiatives vital to those in need. Mercy Foundation is the preferred channel of giving to House of Mercy, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, West Lakes and Centerville, Mercy Health Network and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. For more information, visit

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