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Golf Classic Raises Over $60k for Patient Emergency Fund

The 11th Annual Foundation Golf Classic, held on Mon., July 2 at North Oaks Golf Club, was a great success!

John Norton, Jon Anderson and Bob Campbell from Cross Telecom, along with Lisa Anderson, V.P. of Finance at Unity Hospital, enjoyed a round of golf for a great cause!

With the support our generous sponsors and participants, the sold-out event raised a tournament record: over $60,000!  Proceeds from this event will support the Mercy and Unity Patient Emergency Fund.  The fund assists Mercy and Unity hospital patients who are struggling financially because of chronic, and in some instances severe but acute, medical conditions.  The fund allows the hospitals’ Social Services departments to provide assistance to patients for unexpected and urgent needs they are otherwise unable to afford.  Examples may include prescriptions, transportation (bus, taxi and medical van), safety equipment (infant car seat), household items, and emergency nutritional needs. 

Special thanks go to the Golf Classic Committee members: co-chairs Don Haller (Connexus Energy) and John Stoltenberg, M.D., Larry Crane (Northeast Bank), Adam Dooley (The Standard), Brian Kovar (AID Electric), Helen McClintock (Mercy Auxiliary), Brad Severson (Lake Air Companies) and Jim Steffen (Trott Brook Financial).
To view a slideshow of photos from the tournament,
click here.

Grateful Patients Honor Our 'Every Day Heros'

Every Day Hero is a program that allows grateful patients and visitors the opportunity to say "thank you" for the exceptional care they received during their stay or visit, as well as support the Unity and Mercy hospitals with a financial donation.

The Foundation recently received two gifts from  patients honoring Mercy Hospital Heart & Vascular staff and physicians William McMillan, M.D. and Jeff Chambers, M.D.

As one grateful patient recalls, "On June 6 I had a stint inserted by Dr. McMillan and my experience couldn't have been better.  Everything went well.  The staff members were very kind and thoughtful." 

Another patient writes, "Dr. Chambers was in the right spot as I was wheeled in to the Emergency Department in July with a blockage in my artery.  He even helped push the gurney down the hall to the Operating Room and within an hour, implanted three stints and I was able to go home two days later.  I am extremely grateful to Dr. Chambers and all involved. 

Sometimes the simplest gestures can have the greatest impact on our health and healing.  If you or a loved one encountered someone who made your visit to our hospitals special, consider making a gift in their honor and recognizing them as an Every Day Hero. 

For more information or to make a gift call the Foundation office or click on the brochure for your hospital, below.

Mercy Hospital Every Day Hero Program
Unity Hospital Every Day Hero Program

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Mercy and Unity Hospitals Among Top 10 in the Twin Cities

Out of 38 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area, Mercy Hospital is ranked #3 and Unity Hospital is ranked #6 in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals 2011/12.

"We are proud of the high quality care and service our medical staff, nurses and employees provide to our patients and their families," said Dennis O'Hare, vice-president of medical affairs for Mercy Hospital.

"This report gives consumers practical information so they can choose the best hospital for their condition," said Tom O'Connor, president of Mercy Hospital.

The report evaluates the quality of care in 16 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. In addition to earning national ranking for diabetes and endocrinology, Mercy Hospital earned a high performance rating in seven other specialties: gastroenterology (digestive system) geriatrics, nephrology (kidney), neurology and neurosurgery (brain), orthopedics (bones, joints, muscles), pulmonology (lung), and urology (urinary tract).

Unity ranks as high performing in the following areas: gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

"We have worked very hard to be the best hospital in our community and we are proud that this report shows we are also among the best in our region," said Lori Wightman, president of Unity Hospital.

The report is available at It will also be in the Best Hospital 2011-12 print guide, available on newsstands August 30, 2011.

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Golf winner
$40,000 Cadillac Hole-in-One prize sponsored by Mercy & Unity Hospital Auxiliaries

2011 Golf
Classic Sponsors
Birdie ($5,000)
Metropolitan Heart and
  Vascular Institute
PSD Holding LLC
Sodexo Healthcare
Par ($2,600)
Connexus Energy
Frauenshuh HealthCare Real 
  Estate Solutions
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Bogie ($1,200)
AID Electric Corporation
City of Ramsey EDA
Cross Telecom
EPPA Physicians
Gilbert Mechanical Contractors
Lake Air Companies
Minnesota Oncology
Mortenson Construction
Northeast Bank
Pope Associates
Team ($780)
Schindler Elevator Corporation
Target Commercial Interiors
Timco Construction, Inc.
Hole-in-One Contests
Mercy Hospital Auxiliary
Unity Hospital Auxiliary
Adam & Kenna Dooley
Beverage Sponsor
CDI Radiology
Hole Sponsor
Archetype Sign
Barna, Guzy & Steffen
Marudas Print Services &
   Promotional Products
Electro Static Corporation
Brian T. Bovee - Financial  
   Dimensions Group
HOM Furniture
Interstate Power Systems
KLN Enterprises, Inc.
Main Motors
Mercy Radiation Therapy Center
Mickman Brothers Inc.
Parsons Electric
Suburban Imaging
The COR at Ramsey
The Davis Group
U.S. Water Services
Unity Radiation Therapy Center
Sterling Trophy
Lapham-Hickey Steel Corporation
2010 Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors

Helen McClintock, Chair
Jim Cormier, Vice Chair
Larry Peterson, Past Chair   
Jim Steffen, Treasurer
Deets Mittelstadt, Secretary

Board Members
David Beddow, M.D.
Louise Cottrell
Larry Crane
Don Haller
Val McKee
Clayton McNeff, Ph.D.
Chris Mickman
Trisha L. Mowry
Stephen Remole, M.D.
John Salchert, M.D.
Maureen Steinwall, CPA, Ph.D.
John Stoltenberg, M.D.
Joseph D. Strauss
Debra Urista
Nick Zerwas

Ex-Officio Members 
Tom O’Connor, President
Mercy Hospital

Lori Wightman, President
Unity Hospital

Doug Hutchings, President
Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation


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