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Celebrating 100 Years of Caring for our Community

Mercy In The Press

MERCY FOUNDATION SPONSORED ORGANIZATION AWARDED GRANT FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION INITIATIVE

Mercy Foundation has been awarded a $110,275 
grant to support the work of the UP2USNOW Child 
Abuse Prevention coalition.  
The grant is provided by the Mission and 
Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, 
the national health care system that includes 
Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Foundation.  
Mercy Foundation’s sponsored UP2USNOW Child 
Abuse Prevention coalition serves Douglas County 
and also contributes to Catholic Health 
Initiatives’ systemwide initiative to prevent 
violence in every community the health care 
system serves. 
“For the last two years we have worked as a 
community coalition to identify and design our 
healthy community project by bringing together 
30+ agencies and 50 community members to help 
make a shift from acute response/intervention to 
one of prevention,” says Mercy Foundation 
president Lisa Platt.  “We have identified two 
goals as a coalition for this effort and are 
very excited that with this funding we can now 
begin the implementation phase of our project.”  
By joining together, the partners involved with 
UP2USNOW has the ability to address broad goals 
for greater community impact; and by focusing on 
prevention, make progress toward 
reducing/eliminating child abuse in Douglas 
County.
“Violence prevention is a systemwide, long-term 
commitment for CHI, and we’re very proud of the 
collaborative work being done by Mercy, Mercy 
Foundation and their many dedicated partners in 
the community,” said Kevin Lofton, president and 
chief executive officer of Catholic Health 
Initiatives. 

About Catholic Health Initiatives
	Catholic Health Initiatives is a 
national nonprofit health organization with 
headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based 
system operates in 19 states and includes 76 
hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and 
residential-living facilities; two community 
health services organizations; two accredited 
nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In 
fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 
million in charity care and community benefit, 
including services for the poor, free clinics, 
education and research. With annual revenues of 
more than $10.5 billion, CHI is the nation’s 
second-largest Catholic health care system.

 

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