weekly 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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