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2017 Spirit of Mercy Campaign Launches Today

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Catherine McAuley Giving Circle Launches in Coordination with the Campaign

DES MOINES, IA – Mercy Foundation is pleased to kick off its 2017 Spirit of Mercy Campaign today. The Campaign supports Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and its various Mission Affiliates – including Mercy College of Health Sciences, House of Mercy, Mercy Hospice, Mercy Children’s Hospital and Clinics and Mercy Cancer Center – that serve 36,046 clients and patients annually.

The 2017 Spirit of Mercy Campaign Goal is $860,000. In addition to supporting Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, funds are also raised for United Way and Variety – The Children’s Charity.

“Mercy Medical Center Des Moines has a deep heritage of serving the community with exceptional care,” said Mercy Des Moines Interim President Mike Wegner.

“The Spirit of Mercy Campaign raises money to provide vital funding that ensures high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines.”

In coordination with the launch of the Spirit of Mercy Campaign, Mercy Foundation has launched the Catherine McAuley Giving Circle. Honoring the legacy of Sisters of Mercy founder Mother Catherine McAuley and her mission to serve the most vulnerable, members in this Giving Circle help ensure access to exceptional health care for all in Greater Des Moines through Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines.

The 2017 Campaign runs through November. More information can be found at


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 more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines operates as a local health system within Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

About Mercy Foundation
Mercy Foundation secures vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence and high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines.


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