Mercy room renovations completed

Friday, November 1, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- Mercy Hospital officials unveiled their recently-renovated rooms at the Donor Recognition Ceremony on Thursday.

"From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so much for everything you have done to make these renovations possible," said Cody Qualls, executive director of of the Mercy Health foundation, as he addressed a room of auxiliary volunteers, hospital workers and donors. "I hear great compliments coming from other leaders from other Mercy facilities about how wonderful this community must truly be in order for us to do the things that we have been able to do."

The 16 renovated rooms are the product of an $250,000 project that began raising funds in 2010 and construction in 2011, Qualls said. The money was collected by the Mercy Health Foundation through donations from volunteers, local residents and businesses.

Some of the largest donations came from Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville, which donated $50,000 plus another $20,000 to purchase televisions for each room. Another notable donation came form Wayne and Janet Clark, who donated $25,000.

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Board member Wayne Clark and his wife, Janet, look at the plaque with their names on it, placed by a room for their financial support of the remodeling project.

"We do several things in the hospital and we have the thrift store in Green Forest, but our main goal is to help the hospital and the community," said Joy Flake of Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville. "At the start of this project, we said that we would donate $25,000 and gave a challenge for someone to match that, and when it was matched, we gave another $25,000."

Cornerstone Bank, First National Bank, Tyson Food Inc., the Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates and Dr. Richard Taylor have all donated at least $10,000 for the renovations and several other donations were received from physicians and employees of Mercy Hospital.

"We have never asked the community for this much money before," said Kristy Estrem, president of Mercy Hospital Berryville. "We started this at a time when the economy was down-trended and we knew we had a lot of headwinds that we were going to challenge."

Donors who contributed at least $5,000 will be honored with one of the many plaques outside the rooms that will display one of the donors' names. The Mercy Auxiliary will receive two plaques as opposed to everyone else's one.

"Carroll County has something that not a lot of counties across the state of Arkansas has," said Richard Kimberlin, former chairman of the Mercy Health Foundation. "It is a key factor in a counties ability to grow. You got to have good schools... but you also got to have good medical facilities, and Carroll County has a diamond. It maybe a little bit in the rough, but it is a diamond."

Mercy Hospital also recently celebrated $1 million in donations from the auxiliary.

"Since 1982, when the auxiliary was re-instituted, and as of Monday of this week we have given a total of $1 million in donations to this hospital," said Neta Sue Stamps, president-elect of the auxiliary.

The $1 million celebration celebration -- 31 years in the making -- was in Eureka Springs at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. The next celebration planned for the auxiliary will be a Christmas luncheon on Dec. 7.

The auxiliary is always looking for volunteers, and anyone who is interested can call 870-423-5230 for more information.

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