Mercy Columbus Receives Transformational Gift, Paving Way for Healthier Future

(Columbus, KS) – A donor recognition event for Mercy Hospital Columbus took place on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 3:00 pm, celebrating a transformative gift from Wes and Jan Houser that will impact the future of health care in the Columbus community.

The Housers’ gift of a new infusion suite advances the hospital’s mission by tripling the number of patients who can be served at one time while incorporating relaxing massage chairs to the treatment area. Previously, Mercy Hospital Columbus was limited in the number of patients it could serve, and outpatient infusions were administered in the Emergency Department overflow room.

“When the Housers reached out to me and said they wanted to stop by and visit about a gift that could really impact the community. I knew exactly what to propose,” Angie Saporito, Mercy Hospital Columbus administrator, said. “As soon as we sat down and I shared my thoughts for Mercy Columbus, it was as good as done. They agreed to make it happen, and because of them, we did.”

The new infusion center will offer infusions for multiple medical conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, osteoporosis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and iron deficiency. Any provider, regardless of medical facility affiliation, can order outpatient infusion treatments through Mercy Hospital Columbus.

“The Housers’ investment in Mercy Hospital Columbus allows us to make a lasting difference in the lives of the patients we serve. This event is not just a celebration; it’s a heartfelt recognition of the partnerships that drive positive change,” said Miranda Lewis, Vice President, Mercy Health Foundation.

About Mercy

Mercy, one of the 20 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 physicians and advanced practitioners and more than 45,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.


Jordan Larimore, Senior Media Relations & Communications
Mercy Hospital Joplin

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