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                                                                                                                                 October 12, 2007

Mercy College awarded                         Mercy NICU receives generous
continuing accreditation
Mercy College of Health Sciences
                                              donation from grateful family
(MCHS) recently received continuing
                                              On Wednesday, Oct.10, Kim and                             gratitude to Mercy’s NICU. “We are
accreditation through the 2013-14
                                              Steven Bryant presented the Variety                       very grateful for the care our daughter
academic year from the Higher Learning
                                              Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)                       received while in the NICU at Mercy,”
Commission (HLC) of the North Central
                                              at Mercy with a check for more than                       said Steven Bryant, “and hosting the golf
Association of Colleges and Schools.
                                              $11,100 from the proceeds of the                          outing is our way of giving back while
                                              Bailey Katherine Bryant Memorial Golf                     honoring her memory.”
“The accreditation review process
                                              Outing – a special event the couple
in higher education is rigorous,” said
                                              has hosted for the past four years as a                   For the past four years, the Bryants
Barbara Q. Decker, MCHS president,
                                              tribute to their daughter.                                have donated the event’s proceeds to
“but it provides an opportunity for the
                                                                                                        the NICU to purchase car seats for
entire campus community to engage
                                              Bailey was admitted to the NICU four                      premature infants. Each car seat has a
in institutional evaluation. Because the
                                              years ago, after being born with hydrops                  sticker that says it was donated through
HLC focuses on quality student learning
                                              and other medical conditions. Although                    the Bailey Bryant Memorial Fund.
outcomes, its recognition of our efforts is
                                              she was never able to go home, the
especially rewarding.”
                                              loving, compassionate care Bailey                         “To date, the Mercy NICU has been
                                              received from the NICU staff helped                       able to provide more than 600 car
In addition to the HLC confirmation,
                                              make an extremely difficult time more                     seats to families in honor of Bailey,”
MCHS is currently accredited by eight
                                              bearable for her family.                                  said Lee Hoover, director of the NICU.
other organizations for its clinically-
                                                                                                        “Through her family’s generosity, Bailey
based degree and certificate programs in
                                              In 2004, the Bryants founded the golf                     has touched many, many lives, and has
nursing and allied health. The college also
                                              outing to help other families facing                      helped send hundreds of babies home
plans to seek accreditation for its new
                                              similar situations and show their                         safely.”
polysomnographic technology program
and its proposed physical therapist
assistant degree.

MCHS is the only Catholic college in
central Iowa and is the largest health
sciences college in the state, with a Fall
2007 enrollment of 680 full- and part-
time students.

                                              On Oct. 9, the Bryant family presented a check for more than $11,100 to the Variety NICU at Mercy. The gift
                                              – proceeds from the 4th Annual Bailey Katherine Bryant Memorial Golf Outing – will be used to purchase
                                              special car seats for premature infants in the NICU. Pictured (L-R): Lee Hoover, NICU director; Taylor
                                              Bryant; Steven Bryant; Ben Bryant; Kim Bryant; and Theresa Wahlig, M.D., NICU medical director.

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