Deaconess Awards $500,000 to Local Children’s Hospitals

Awards to fund the purchase of kidney dialysis equipment and its usage

Deaconess Foundation, as part of its 125th Anniversary, awarded special multi-year grants totaling $500,000 to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to fund the purchase of kidney dialysis equipment and allow for greater access to care for children.

In 1997, Deaconess received a bequest from Miss Elsa Marie Weiss, a former Deaconess Sister, as Deaconess was transitioning from a health system to a grant making foundation. The purpose of the gift was to support dialysis treatment and enhance patients’ quality of life. The funds from this estate gift will make up the grants to the children’s hospitals.

“We are pleased to invest in these regional leaders in advancing the health of children who are both nationally ranked in multiple areas of specialty including the nephrology departments these dollars will support,” said Reverend Starsky Wilson, president and CEO. “The grants allow us to advance access to highly specialized care for children and remind us of our faith heritage as they pay tribute to our late Deaconess Sister, Elsa Marie Weiss, who gave nearly fifty years of her life to healing ministries at Deaconess.”

“We are grateful to Deaconess Foundation for awarding us this generous grant, allowing our patients and their families increased access to high-quality care," said Sandy Koller, executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation. “Having the ability to use this hemodialysis equipment through our daily work will enable us to continue to remain at the forefront of world class pediatric medical care.”

“We are very proud of our partnership with Deaconess Foundation,” said Janice Bailey, vice president of St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation. “This incredibly generous gift will help our nationally ranked pediatric nephrology team continue to provide treatment programs geared specifically to promote understanding, interaction, and independence for both children and families.”

Deaconess, established in 1889, is celebrating 125 years of service to the St. Louis area and continues its mission — pursuing health and hope for all St. Louis children. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $72 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit the entire region. Deaconess Foundation invests in endeavors that improve the well-being of children, engages our region around the plight of youth, and advocates for change.

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