Thank you for your support and making a difference to the Mercy Health community.
Your support is making an impact to the most vulnerable in Mercy Health’s care. Thanks to you, in 2020 we were able to continue to provide the best possible care for those in need at every age and stage of life.
You have helped sick and premature babies get the best start to life.
The Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank was established at the Mercy Hospital for Women and your gifts have helped expand services to satellite sites at Monash Children’s Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. One breastmilk bank recipient (pictured above) states “A huge thank you to the Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank and all the breastmilk donors for giving my daughter your liquid gold, your time and generosity, and the best possible start to life.” This year, the Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Since opening in 2011, 425 milk donors have provided 4,232 litres of breastmilk to 1,018 recipients. In 2020, the Breastmilk Bank fed 161 sick and premature babies.
You have helped families with extra support at the toughest times.
You have helped provide critical support to people nearing end of life and easing pressure for their loved ones. In 2020, over $39,000 was distributed to individuals and families to relieve financial and emotional burdens, with a particular focus on care and support. Items included food vouchers, massage therapy and movie vouchers to provide comfort in their time of need.
You have helped aged care residents through the pandemic.
With your generous donations to the 2020 Critical Coronavirus Appeal we purchased digital tablets to help families stay connected and two infrared thermometers for each Mercy Health aged care home. With your help our homes are more prepared to keep our residents safe against coronavirus and other emergencies that may come our way.
You have helped bring mothers and babies safely home through funding lifesaving research.
Early in 2020, the Mercy Perinatal team led by Associate Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino and Dr Teresa McDonald identified a protein blood test that can help predict which women are at risk of stillbirth. This new test is proposed to help identify pregnancies where the placenta is failing to supply enough oxygen and nutrition to the developing baby. “The end game for us is to develop a blood test that can tell doctors and midwives that a woman is at increased risk of stillbirth. If doctors can intervene, you could allow these women to deliver and take home a healthy baby,” says Associate Professor Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino. Thank you for your ongoing support to continue the research to bring more mothers and babies safely home.
Thank you for your support to Mercy Health Foundation.
Last reviewed April 9, 2021.