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Mercy Foundation Receives $250,000 in Grants from Variety






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Gregg Lagan, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
(515) 247-3050 or cell (515) 490-6636


October 2, 2018

Mercy Foundation Receives $250,000 in Grants from Variety – the Children’s Charity

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Mercy Foundation has received a $250,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to impact care and services for children at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines.

$250,000 is designated to Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics to purchase 45 new bassinets for the Mother/Baby Unit as well as create innovative, new indoor play areas at Mercy’s downtown campus. In addition, House of Mercy will receive a Variety van which will be used to transport client children to needed engagements including medical appointments and educational activities.

Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics and the House of Mercy are part of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, a nonprofit Catholic health care provider serving Greater Des Moines with remarkable care for thousands annually.

“This generous grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity will help Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics continue to provide remarkable Mercy experiences for some of our most vulnerable patients,” said Kathy Goetz, Vice President of Women/Children Services at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines.

“The bassinets are much needed for our newborns, and the play areas will provide an inclusive place for children of all abilities to learn, rejuvenate and play.”

“A Variety van will help House of Mercy clients and their children participate in family activities and attend appointments while reintegrating back into the community,” said House of Mercy Director Rebecca Peterson.

“Variety – the Children’s Charity displays leadership in our community by helping children who need it the most. We are so pleased to partner with Variety and are grateful for their generosity to our Mercy family,” said Shannon Cofield, President of Mercy Foundation.



About Variety – The Children’s Charity

Variety – The Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs, please visit

 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 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 18 states and includes 99 hospitals and multiple other 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 through Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. Learn more at

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