CARDINALS CARE, BONIFACE FOUNDATION, GATEWAY REGION YMCA, & MIRACLE LEAGUE BREAK GROUND ON $5.2 MILLION ADAPTIVE SPORTS COMPLEX
ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2022 – Today, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation, in partnership with the Gateway Region YMCA, Boniface Foundation, and Miracle League, broke ground on a new YMCA Adaptive Sports Complex on the campus of the South County YMCA.
“This project is a perfect opportunity to carry out Cardinals Care’s mission of caring for kids,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “We are proud to partner with Boniface Foundation, the Gateway Region YMCA, and the Miracle League on this investment in our community that will provide state-of-the-art sports facilities to allow children with special needs to take part in our national pastime.”
“Boniface Foundation is honored to make this investment along with Cardinals Care in support of this wonderful resource for the St. Louis Region,” said Win Reed, Boniface Foundation Chairman. “We recognize the incredible impact adaptive sports programs have on the well-being of youth with special needs as well as on our community. We look forward to ensuring the success of this amazing new facility and cannot wait for the children to be able to 'play ball'."
Located on the South County YMCA campus, the centerpiece of the $5.2 million sports complex is a custom-designed Miracle League Baseball Field with a cushioned, barrier-free surface and barrier-free dugout to provide accessibility for players with disabilities. The field is designed to have a look and feel similar to Busch Stadium and provide participants and their families with a “major league” experience, including a silhouette of the Gateway Arch on the outfield, just like the St. Louis Cardinals home field. The complex also includes fixed and lawn seating, a fan plaza with shelter canopies, scoreboard and concessions. In addition, the complex includes an inclusive and fully accessible playground, soccer field and running track.
“The Gateway Region YMCA currently serves more than 1,550 children and adults with diverse abilities, and this new facility will allow us to expand our work in the region,” stated Tim Helm, President and CEO of the Gateway Region YMCA. “We are so grateful to the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care, Boniface Foundation, and Miracle League, for this tremendous investment to build what will be the nation’s premiere adaptive sports complex to provide equal opportunities to this underserved community.”
As part of its newly launched adaptive sport programming, the Y will run Miracle League baseball and other programming for youth and adults at the new facility including football, soccer, and bocce ball, and continues to run basketball and other indoor sports for those with disabilities.
“We were so excited when the St. Louis Cardinals, YMCA, and the Boniface Foundation reached out to partner with us on this amazing new resource for the community,” said Stephanie Davis, Vice President of National Program at Miracle League. “These are the types of partnerships that enable Miracle League to fulfill its mission so children can experience the joys and benefits that come with playing sports, being on a team and having fun just like every other child.”
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About Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way to team up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field. Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $29 million to support St. Louis area children, built or renovated 24 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods, and distributed over $15 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community and follow @CardinalsCare on Twitter.
About Boniface Foundation
Boniface Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to providing support for charitable and educational activities that promote individual and community health and well-being in St. Louis counties and city.
About Gateway Region YMCA
The Gateway Region YMCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Serving more than 225,000 members and program participants, the Y offers 24 health and wellness branches, operates in close to 100 community sites, and includes YMCA Camp Lakewood and Trout Lodge in Potosi, Missouri, and the Campus Y student leadership facility at Washington University. The Gateway Region YMCA provides $2.76 million in financial assistance annually to those who otherwise could not afford its services. The organization also employs more than 2,000 full-time and part-time individuals and engages more than 1,100 volunteers annually. The Y is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. For more information, please visit www.gwrymca.org or call 314-436-1177.
About Miracle League
The Miracle League is a non- profit organization that builds baseball fields and develops baseball leagues for children and adults with special needs worldwide. The organization removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis receives grant from Boniface Foundation
St. Louis – June 17, 2019 – Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis announced today that it received a grant commitment in the amount of $100,000 from the Boniface Foundation to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential. The Boniface Foundation supports high-quality education for the underserved in St. Louis county and city to help break the cycle of poverty, which ultimately results in the improved health and well-being of our community.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Boniface Foundation for their commitment to the Boys Hope Girls Hope mission,” said BHGH STL Board President Jim Mather. “This investment will allow us to continuously improve our programming and serve our scholars and collegians as they continue to grow as men and women for others.”
The Boniface Foundation’s investment will help fund educational costs for BHGH STL scholars attending college preparatory schools in the St. Louis area and operational costs related to scholar and collegian support.
“We are thrilled to make this investment supporting the Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis scholars,” said Jim Powers, Boniface Board Member. “We appreciate the depth of this program and the impact the organization has on the well-being and future of the youth it serves. We look forward to working with BHGH to ensure the success of its scholars and collegians.”
About Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis Headquartered in Richmond Heights, Mo., Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. The local program currently serves 18 middle and high school students in residence, more than 50 scholars in the community-based Hope Prep Academy in the Ferguson-Florissant and Jennings School Districts and 23 collegians.
Founded in St. Louis in 1977, Boys Hope Girls Hope has affiliates in 14 other U.S. cities, Mexico and Guatemala. For more information about Boys Hope Girls Hope, including information about how to get involved or donate, visit www.bhghstl.org.
After $18M gift, Mercy Hospital South to construct new labor and delivery unit
By Brian Robbins – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal
After a $18 million gift by the Boniface Foundation, Mercy Hospital South has announced plans for a new labor and delivery unit expected to be completed in early 2021.
The Boniface Foundation, which was once part of the hospital but is now an independently operated organization that focuses on giving back to Mercy Hospital South and other organizations in the community, will be funding the project.
The rebuild will include 14 large labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms (LDRPs), with separate family waiting rooms close to the mothers’ rooms. The design combination will provide mothers with additional space in their rooms while also meeting their privacy needs, according to Mercy.
Construction is planned in four phases beginning in late 2019 and lasting through early 2021.
A mockup of what one of the new rooms will look like inside Mercy Hospital South.
Sean Hogan, president of Mercy Hospital South, said the upgrades will help expecting mothers have a more comfortable experience during their stay.
“There will be a consistency of nursing staff across the entire stay after a mother gives birth,” Hogan said. “She’ll have the same nurses, the same room, and there will be bigger and more beautiful rooms. It’ll just be more appealing to the women who really have a choice where they deliver their babies.”
In addition, the project will include an 8-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a relocated perinatal center, four triage rooms, renovated operating rooms and space for future growth.
After St. Anthony’s Hospital and Mercy merged in 2017, the organization held community roundtables asking residents what they would like renovated at the hospital. Hogan said a new labor and delivery unit was always at the top of the list.
Hogan said the hospital is currently hiring registered nurses, and expects the hospital to grow larger once the labor and delivery unit finishes construction.
“Based on the demographics and the projected analysis of how many deliveries that we could accommodate, we believe that we’ll be growing by about 30 percent,” he said. “I don’t know the equivalent of the number of (full-time) employees that will acquaint to, but we’re hiring 200 more nurses right now. This will just continue the growth that we’ve been experiencing since our affiliation with Mercy.”
Mercy Hospital South was ranked eighth in the Business Journal's 2018 list of the largest St. Louis hospitals, with an estimated revenue of $475.62 million, and 2,939 local full-time employees.
Mercy Hospital South Plans New $18 Million Labor and Delivery Unit
Project funded by Boniface Foundation includes expanded NICU and larger rooms
South St. Louis County (April 2, 2019) – In order to better serve the needs of families, Mercy Hospital South will rebuild its entire labor and delivery unit. The improvements will include larger patient rooms, the latest technology and greater access to newborn services.
“Our goal is to create a destination for women in the south county community where they can receive comprehensive, exceptional care,” said Donna Frazier, Mercy Hospital South chief nursing officer.
To achieve that goal, Mercy will create 14 spacious labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms (LDRPs) with new separate family waiting rooms close to the mothers’ LDRP rooms. This combination will provide mothers with additional space in their rooms while also meeting their privacy needs.
The rebuild also will include an eight-bed, level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a relocated perinatal center, four triage rooms, renovated operating (c-section) rooms and space for future growth.
“Our physicians told us we needed to improve our service to begin the lifelong care that our patients and families expect. This project will meet those needs,” said Sean Hogan, Mercy Hospital South president.
The Boniface Foundation is making a generous donation to cover the $18 million cost of the project.
“We were aware that Mercy Hospital South was committed to making improvements in the mother/baby service, and Boniface Foundation is delighted to step up with the necessary funding to create the new space,” said Win Reed, Boniface Foundation chairman of the board. “Our hope is that moms, babies and families will find the new space to be inviting and comforting.”
“This is an extraordinary gift from the Boniface Foundation which is symbolic of a new beginning. Mercy and Mercy Hospital South have always been leaders in caring for women and children. This financial commitment will enable us to provide quality service in an environment close to those we serve in south county and beyond,” said Mike McCurry, Mercy executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Construction is planned in four phases beginning in late 2019 and lasting through early 2021.
Women who are planning for or are considering having a baby should visit mercy.net/SouthMotherBaby to download a baby on the way guide.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.