Mercy’s Fore River Project and Operations Receive $6 Million Boost

Sisters of Mercy make transformational contribution to mark hospital’s centennial

Mercy’s work to consolidate operations at its Fore River campus received a significant boost at the hospital’s centennial annual meeting last night. Sister Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, president of the Northeast Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, announced the completion of a $5 million pledge by the Mercy Endowment Foundation (MEF) to the hospital’s $20 million “One Mercy” Fore River II capital campaign.

In addition, Sister Miriam Therese Callnan, president of the MEF, announced that the foundation will transfer its remaining balance of $1 million to the EMHS Foundation for the establishment of a permanent endowment for Mercy Hospital. This marks the first time in Mercy’s 100-year history that it will have a permanent fund to support its operations.

“We believe Mercy’s healthcare mission is vital to the greater Portland community,” said Sister Jacqueline Marie Kieslich. “These gifts underscore our confidence in the direction of the hospital and our conviction that the ministry of compassionate healthcare for all established in 1918 will continue to flourish through the many people who continue to make Mercy ‘Mercy.’”

MEF’s $5 million gift to the One Mercy capital campaign is one of many substantial gifts it has made to the hospital over the years, including $8 million for the initial Fore River project and $3 million for the cardiology department. The gifts received to date exceed $25 million in today’s dollars.

“We are humbled by these significant gifts,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital. “The Sisters of Mercy started a very special healthcare ministry a century ago in response to Portland’s needs and the urgency of the Spanish flu, and these gifts will help ensure we carry on their legacy for another 100 years.”
Last month, Mercy announced it filed a letter of intent to consolidate hospital operations on its Fore River campus. The hospital launched a capital campaign last year to raise $20 million to support the project.

“We are committed to stewarding and building the endowment as part of the overall fundraising program for both the capital campaign and ongoing annual fundraising,” stated Susan Rouillard, vice president of philanthropy for Mercy. “We are honored the foundation’s trustees have entrusted us to build upon the legacy of the James A. Healy family, whose generosity more than seventy years ago led to the establishment of the Mercy Endowment Foundation which has been shepherded by the Sisters of Mercy.”

Members of the Mercy Endowment Fund Board, from left to right: Holly Braley; Sister Edward Mary Kelleher; Sister Miriam Therese Callnan, Chair; and Sister Ruth Conlogue. Missing from photo: David W. Putnam.