In 1882, Mother Mary Baptist & four Sisters arrived in Durango to open a school and a hospital. Fundraising at Mercy hospital started the day after the Sisters came into town. They would ride burros to the mines and ask for money from the miners. They would also go to ranches, farms and railroad workers in the area. As one sister commented, "We've been very fortunate over the years to live in a very generous community."
Mercy's good fortune continues. Mercy has been more than an object of community pride; it is an indispensable health resource for Southwest Colorado. In June of 2006, Mercy Regional Medical Center open its doors to a life changing event - the completion of an 82 private room, 212,000 square foot, state-of-the-art hospital. Mercy Health Foundation completed the largest and most successful campaign in Durango history raising $11.5 million for the new hospital.
Mercy Health Foundation continues the Vision of the bold Sisters to forge new medical frontiers in partnership with our community and surrounding areas.
It takes all of us to create a partnership of healing
The Mercy Health Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to soliciting, receiving and capably managing donations that support Mercy Regional Medical Center. The monies are managed and distributed by the Foundation Board of Directors. Helping patients and families, neighbors and friends through donations to the foundation leaves a legacy for the future. Philanthropic support helps sustain our ability to serve, promotes healthy lives, and perpetuates excellence that is afforded only by private charitable giving.
The Mercy Health Foundation provides the ability to build permanent funds for health care needs in our community far into the future. Our community and surrounding area has stepped forward through generous donations that have profoundly touched lives. Vibrant and momentous partnerships have evolved.
The foundation has provided funding for advanced medical equipment and technology, programs, services, and charity care. Additionally, we are able to have spectacular, unique features in our hospital which include a healing garden, waterfall, labyrinth, wall of history and beautiful art all because of the people who are keenly aware that health is our greatest resource in mind, body, and spirit.
Thank you, our friends, for your kindness throughout the years.
How is my gift used?
The answer to this question is simple -- however you want it to be used.
Gifts may be restricted or unrestricted.
Is my gift important?
Yes. Whether your give $10, $100, $1000 or more you can be sure your gift is important. In total, gifts permit Mercy to continue its mission of regional excellence and serving all people. Every gift is tangible evidence that you are involved in and concerned with quality health care.
An endowment is a self-renewing resource, allowing a donor's charitable intent to be fulfilled for generations to come. The gift is preserved for all time by holding it in perpetuity, investing the principal and using only the income from that investment (interest) for the purpose specified by the donor for Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Ways to give to Mercy Health Foundation:
- Cash, check, automatic check withdrawal or credit
- Real Estate
- Pledge - Enabling donors to give a larger gift over time.
- Or other planned gifts
Mercy Health Foundation qualifies for Enterprise Zone State Tax Credit of 25% for cash donations of $250 or more. Donations may also be eligible for federal charitable donation tax deductions.
Please consult with your financial advisor for more information.
For more information visit the Mercy Health Foundation.