Building the future on the success of the past
The Mercy Foundation was formed just 10 years ago, and in its 10 years of fundraising, has made a transformative contribution to the Hospital.
In 2016 alone, over €1,213,396 funding was made available to current and future patient centred projects at The Mercy. This included funding for facilities, support services and equipment as well as medical research programmes. 100% of the funds were raised through the generosity of the public, and through partnerships, grants and legacies.
Here are some of the ways you helped in 2016:
The Mercy University Hospital’s Centre for Gastroenterology is recognised as the Regional Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology for Cork and Kerry.
Your donations have provided funding for training of specialist Nursing staff for patients with IBD, and research into Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer.
You are also supporting an essential Endoscopic Ultrasound Service, enabling doctors to locate any cancers in the oesophagus, stomach or pancreas to which we have made a funding commitment of over €300,000.
Dementia & Care of Older Patient
With your help and the support of GENIO, we have funded specialist training of Occupational Therapists and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Your donations also refurbished the Day Room and bathrooms in St. Mary’s Ward for Older Patients, in line with our aim to help make ‘The Mercy’ a Dementia Friendly Hospital.
Kids & Teens
Your donations have helped our youngest patients by providing a Patient Monitoring System for the Paediatric area in our A&E, and an Airvo System for children experiencing breathing difficulties. You have also provided the €23,000 needed to help keep the POONS mobile nursing service for children with cancer on the road.
Other supports include Bravery Stickers and certificates and ‘My Health Passport’ (for Children with Intellectual Disabilities). We also established a funding relationship with Make A Wish and provided funds to grant the wishes of Mercy Kids with life limiting illnesses.
Cancer CARE Centre
Your donations raised an amazing €236,987 for the Cancer CARE Centre Project during 2016, contributing to the overall project which is expected to cost in excess of €1 million. We have raised just under €800,000 to date towards this exciting project.
St. Therese’s Medical Oncology Ward
St. Therese’s Oncology Unit treats over 3,000 cancer patients a year. Your donations have provided a Guide to Chemotherapy Booklet for each patient before they start their first treatment, outlining an overview of chemotherapy, when and how it’s given and possible side effects. Donations were also used to provide new furniture, specialist Electric Profiling Beds and specialist recliners for the Oncology Day Unit and rooms, and to fund an iPad lending service for patients.
Men’s Health and Urology
You funded a Specialist Nurse in the Rapid Access Men’s Health Clinic which provides a unique service to men diagnosed with Testicular, Prostate and Penile cancers, and specialist training for staff in the newest techniques and information for newly diagnosed Prostate Cancer patients. Funds you donated also helped us to provide information, advice and counselling to men diagnosed with male specific cancers.
Thank you for helping us!