Mercy East Clinic

The Mercy Hospital Washington Foundation has launched a $2.16 million capital campaign to support renovation and expansion plans of the hospital’s cardiology department.

As Mercy looks to the future, it is estimated that the need for cardiac services will increase by 10 percent in the next five to 10 years.

Already at least half of the approximate 2,500 patients seen in the Mercy Medical Building South each day receive some type of cardiac care. And the hospital stress lab sees an average of 60 patients a day, which is more than it was built to accommodate.

With volume increasing in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, the need to keep abreast of ever-changing technological advances and readiness for the future is imperative.

New equipment will include an echocardiograph and vascular units that provide 3D images, two new nuclear cameras to help decrease radiation exposure and a Venticon machine to diagnose blood clots in the lungs. Renovations will provide an upgraded and expanded patient waiting area and restrooms.

“Mercy Cardiovascular, through the Washington Hospital, serves a very large geographic region, from Steelville, Sullivan and Cuba to Owensville, east to Pacific, west to Hermann and up through Marthasville and Warrenton,” said Dr. Ann-Elizabeth Mohart, campaign co-chair.

The level of cardiac care that Mercy is able to provide these communities saves people from having to drive an hour or more into urban centers, which means a delay in treatment, Dr. Mohart stressed.

Over the last eight months, Mercy has conducted a silent campaign, asking Mercy leadership, executives and physicians to pledge their support. To date, they have committed $800,000 to the campaign.

But they cannot do it alone.

Now Mercy is launching the public portion of its campaign, looking to the community to be a partner in reaching the final goal.

The campaign theme is Mercy Vision for Cardiology, Bridging the Gap.

For more information or to make a donation, people should contact Rachel Covington, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation, at 636-239-8867.