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The Mercy Medical Center Foundation has recently invested over $850,000 in new technology that dramatically enhances the patient care experience at Mercy Medical Center. The foundation board has approved funding for twenty-two additional defibrillators that will be used throughout the hospital along with twenty-four SpaceLab monitors that will be put to immediate use in the Mercy Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Mercy Foundation Board President Dave Smetter says the foundation was able to fund these improvements because of the generosity and loyalty exhibited by the many friends of Mercy. “The foundation is gratified to be able to support Mercy in its continuous effort to make patient safety the number one priority,” said Smetter. “We thank our donors for their strong support for the mission of Mercy Medical Center.”

The importance of defibrillators has been demonstrated in venues other than hospitals. It is common these days for schools, airports and other gathering areas to have portable defibrillators available should the need arise. Defibrillators are portable devices that deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart in an effort to get the heart to resume normal rhythms. The twenty-two new units acquired by the Mercy Foundation will be distributed to numerous locations around the hospital campus.

Mercy Medical Center’s focus on a culture of safety is significantly enhanced with the addition of the twenty-four SpaceLab monitors. These state-of-the-art monitors will speed and support clinical decisions which in turn can improve response time, advance patient care and enhance patient safety. In addition, physicians will be able to access the patient’s bedside monitor at home or in their office. The Siouxland physicians who see patients in Mercy’s ICU have been very appreciative of the addition of the SpaceLab monitors and agree they will dramatically improve the patient experience at Mercy.

Lea Clausen, the Executive Director of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation, expressed her gratitude to the foundation board for their support. “With an organization as big as Mercy, the needs are extensive,” said Clausen. “The board took a look at existing needs and determined that the new defibrillators and ICU monitors would have the greatest impact on patient care and decided that’s where they would earmark the funds. Their decision is great news for the thousands of patients who continue to choose Mercy as their hospital of choice.”

Friends and grateful patients are invited to support the work of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation by calling Lea Clausen at 712-279-2475 or via e-mail at

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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