News and Updates

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National USDA and White House Representatives Visit MercyOne to Discuss Rural Health Care

September 6, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 6,  MercyOne staff met and shared information about the organization’s role in rural health care with national representatives including Nora Stein, program examiner of the Office of Management and Budget from the White House, and Curtis Anders, chief of staff of the USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service, who were touring sites…

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Three New Directors Join 2020 MercyOne Des Moines Foundation Board

August 30, 2019

MercyOne Des Moines Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members for the 2020 fiscal year: Erin Kuhl, Cary Murphy, M.D. and William Vandivier, D.O. Erin Kuhl is the Chief Financial Officer for Kum & Go, L.C. and provides oversight of the finance and accounting departments for the organization, while contributing…

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Sophia S. Ahmad Named to Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 2019 40 Under 40 List

August 27, 2019

MercyOne Des Moines Foundation Senior Director of Development Sophia S. Ahmad has been named to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2019 40 Under 40 List. AHP’s 40 Under 40 program is designed to recognize future leaders within the health care philanthropy community. AHP honors these 40 young professionals for their leadership in shaping the…

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MercyOne Des Moines Auxiliary September 2019 Promotions

August 26, 2019

MercyOne Des Moines Auxiliary supports MercyOne Des Moines Foundation through sales from MercyOne Des Moines Starbucks, MercyOne Des Moines Gift House & Flowers, MercyOne Des Moines Salon and West Lakes Gift House & Brew. Learn about its September specials below and support MercyOne Des Moines while you shop! Save even more by becoming a lifetime…

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Donor Spotlight: Linda and Mark Abendroth

August 26, 2019

Helping others and giving back in any way possible is something Linda and Mark Abendroth love to do. These grandparents of 13 have seen six of their grandchildren – one of which passed away –treated at MercyOne Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and are now giving back as a way to help babies…

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MercyOne Des Moines Foundation President Shannon Cofield Vice-Chairs 2020 CommonSpirit Health Summit

August 21, 2019

MercyOne Des Moines Foundation President Shannon Cofield has been appointed as national vice-chair of the 2020 CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy Education Summit. The summit will be held Feb. 13-14, 2020 in San Diego, California. “It is an honor to serve in this role and help equip foundation leaders around the nation with knowledge and skills to…

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Grateful Patient Spotlight: Justin Kinard

August 2, 2019

For many, receiving a cancer diagnosis can seem like the end of the world. But not for Justin Kinard who found out he had stage three colon cancer and received treatment at MercyOne Des Moines Cancer Center. Justin’s first symptoms included feeling very sick. He didn’t want to add on any unnecessary stress with something…

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Donor Spotlight: Mary Sheldahl

August 2, 2019

Mary Sheldahl is passionate about investing in the future of health care professionals studying at Mercy College of Health Sciences. Mary was first introduced to Mercy College in the 1990’s after both of her parents passed away. Mary’s parents were treated at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center where she and her sister, Loretta, were moved…

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MercyOne Des Moines Auxiliary August 2019 Promotions

July 30, 2019

MercyOne Des Moines Auxiliary supports MercyOne Des Moines Foundation through sales from MercyOne Des Moines Starbucks, MercyOne Des Moines Gift House & Flowers, MercyOne Des Moines Salon and West Lakes Gift House & Brew. Learn about its August specials below and support MercyOne Des Moines while you shop! Save even more by becoming a lifetime…

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Joseph and Dorothy Schuster Mental Health Center at MercyOne House of Mercy Announced

July 23, 2019

The Joseph and Dorothy Schuster Mental Health Center at MercyOne House of Mercy will soon become a reality. The namesake of the center reflects a recent $492,000 estate gift – the largest private contribution to House of Mercy to date – from the late Joseph and Dorothy Schuster. Dorothy Schuster passed away in June 2018…

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