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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.

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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.

Students Awarded $115,000 in College Scholarships

Media contact: Joe Poelker
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South St. Louis County, MO – Hard work and dedication are paying off for 15 students who have earned a total of $115,000 in college scholarships from the Boniface Foundation (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation) in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Another 45 students are eligible to renew their scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships support the student’s undergraduate degree in any field of study.

The recipients received the Norbert Siegfried Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Employees. In addition to being the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers, these students had to qualify academically, write strong essays, receive recommendations, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman.

“You have the whole world ahead of you, and you’re sitting in a position to give you a great advantage,” Norbert said. “Don’t take it for granted. Count your blessings every day: they are numerous.”

Norbert and K. Dane Brooksher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation,  discussed with the students their career plans and answered questions during the scholarship ceremony.

Mercy, in its affiliation with St. Anthony’s, wants to continue these scholarships,” Dane said. “That’s really great.”

The St. Louis Community Foundation administers the scholarship program.

“This is a unique program for us,” said Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships and Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We administer more than a million dollars in scholarships every year, but no other money goes to a program like we see here at St. Anthony’s.

“The support this program provides to St. Anthony’s families is inspiring, much like the achievements required of these students to earn these honors,” Amy added.

St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $5.3 million to 300 students since the program’s inception in 2006.

The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area.

This year’s recipients are:

St. Anthony’s is among the largest hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area, serving residents from nine Missouri and Illinois counties and the city of St. Louis. The Catholic, nonprofit medical center, located in south St. Louis County, operates a 767-bed comprehensive healthcare complex, a Level Two Trauma Center, and a Level One Stroke Center, as well as four urgent care facilities. For more information on St. Anthony’s and its commitment to the community’s health, visit stanthonysmedcenter.com.

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 and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 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.

Students Awarded $151,000 in College Scholarships

Media Contact Joe Poelker
314-525-4005
Release Date: 07/14/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

Hard work and dedication are paying off for 20 students who have earned college scholarships from the Boniface Foundation (formerly St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation) in partnership with the St. Louis Community Foundation.

The Boniface Foundation awarded $151,000 in new scholarships through two programs to 20 students who are the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers. Another 40 students are eligible to renew their scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships may be applied for an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

Of the 20 recipients, 16 of them received Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees. In addition to being the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers, these students had to qualify academically, write strong essays, receive recommendations, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship program is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors and a former longtime board chairman.

The four other recipients received Boniface Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships. These children of St. Anthony’s co-workers have exemplary academic records and demonstrate St. Anthony’s values of excellence through teamwork and mutual respect, as well as compassion and respect for all persons.

“You put in the effort to get where you are today, and you did it by taking advantage of the support you received from great people like your parents,” said Siegfried. “Your journey continues with another level of support. Keep up the hard work. Keep putting in the time and effort it takes to succeed. Keep reaching for new goals.”

The St. Louis Community Foundation administers the scholarship program.

“This is a unique program for us,” said Amy Basore Murphy, Director of Scholarships and Donor Services for the St. Louis Community Foundation. “We administer more than a million dollars in scholarships every year, but no other money goes to a program like we see here at St. Anthony’s.”

“The support this program provides to St. Anthony’s families is inspiring, much like the achievements required of these students to earn these honors,” said Murphy.

St. Anthony’s scholarship programs have awarded more than $5 million to 285 students since the program’s inception in 2006.

This year’s recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters of Employees are: Caleb Burlison from near Fenton, Alyson Cornett from near Cedar Hill, Emily Eckert from Columbia, Ill., Alison Gawedzinski from near Manchester, Belmin Husic from south St. Louis County, Madison Johnson from Collinsville, Ill., Anna Lang from Oakville, Thomas McKenzie from near Festus, Amy O’Neal from south St. Louis County, Alexis Patrick from Green Park, Danielle Scherrer from south St. Louis County, Sarah Scherrer from south St. Louis County, Emily Schraut from south St. Louis County, Emily Shirrell from near High Ridge, Taylor Vaughan from Dupo, Ill., and Meredith Wernig from near Imperial.

This year’s recipients of the Boniface Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships are: Andrew Finer from Des Peres, Jacob Lear from near Arnold, Hitesh Rai from near Ballwin, and Connor Stierwalt from Waterloo, Ill.

The St. Louis Community Foundation accepted and reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. The scholarships were founded as a way to invest in the future of the children of St. Anthony’s co-workers through education. This program is one of the largest of its kind in the community and one of the best offered by an employer in the St. Louis area

Renamed Boniface Foundation donates $15 million

As St. Anthony’s begins a new era of caring for the south St. Louis County community by affiliating with Mercy, the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation is working to expand its involvement with a new name and a significant contribution of $15 million.

The foundation is now called the Boniface Foundation. The foundation’s first act under its new name is to donate $15 million for the benefit of St. Anthony’s.

“It is only fitting that we draw on the history of St. Anthony’s to rename the foundation and to make our first contribution to commemorate the affiliation,” said Winthrop Reed III, chairman of the newly formed Boniface Foundation Board of Directors.

The Boniface name is a tribute to the history of medical care provided to the St. Louis community by the Franciscan Sisters of Germany. The first hospital operated by the sisters was St. Boniface Hospital in south St. Louis, which was named for the parish that brought the sisters over from Germany. The Franciscan Sisters operated St. Boniface from 1873-77, followed by Pius Hospital, little St. Anthony’s Hospital and old St. Anthony’s Hospital, all in south city. After the order relinquished control of the hospital, St. Anthony’s Medical Center was built in south St. Louis County and opened in 1975. The foundation was established in 1999.

“St. Anthony’s, like Mercy, has a heritage of sisters who gave their lives to the service of others,” said Mike McCurry, newly appointed president of St. Anthony’s, as well as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mercy. “This new name of the foundation honors that heritage, and this donation will provide increased access and more services to the community of south St. Louis County. Hand in hand with St. Anthony’s, we will provide exceptional care because we are called to serve.”