Avon Foundation Awards Mercy Hospital $1,000,000
June 27, 2007
Avon Foundation Awards Mercy Hospital $1,000,000

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1,000,000 grant award from the Avon Foundation. Mercy Hospital is one of three initial recipients that were announced at the June 3 rd closing ceremonies of the Fifth Annual Chicago Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Each year, the Avon Foundation awards initial grants at the close of each of the annual Avon Walks for Breast Cancer to local institutions that impact and support access to breast cancer screening, treatment and research.

Mercy Hospital will use the grant award to support a new program, “Providing Solutions for Breast Care Disparities in Chicago,” with the monies specifically slated to support patient navigation and the purchase of two digital mammography machines. Mercy plans to increase the number of patients screened for breast cancer by 25% through outreach and follow through using designated patient navigators who will particularly focus on those women on a one-to-two year wait-list for screening and follow–up in the county system. “Mercy is committed to helping the women of Chicago detect breast cancer in its earliest stages and reducing the incidence of breast cancer in Chicago through education and outreach,” says Sr. Sheila Lyne, President of Mercy Hospital.

The Avon Foundation has been committed to women’s health for over fifty years, having raised and awarded over $500 million. The Foundation awarded Mercy Hospital this generous grant because of Mercy’s dedication to women’s health and furthering the fight against breast cancer.

About Mercy Hospital
Mercy’s Comprehensive Breast & Women’s Health Care Center offers individuals a special place to receive compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual health care. The center’s seasoned team of experts offers a comprehensive approach to women’s health and specializes in detecting breast cancer in the earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Mercy extends this unique approach to women’s health with its “Whole Woman, Whole Health” program. This innovative program offers free massage, acupuncture and yoga services to patients who have completed their breast cancer treatment. At Mercy, breast cancer patients find relief from the many common side effects of cancer treatments including fatigue, body pain, scar tissue discomfort, hot flashes, weight-gain, depression, and anxiety.

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center is also home to one of the city’s leading Heart & Vascular Centers, a JCAHO certified Stroke Center, a Center for Weight Management, and Chicago’s newest advanced Emergency Center. Mercy’s ideal location, just minutes south of the loop, is easily accessible by all main arteries. And at Mercy, patients and visitors will find convenient, free parking.