Who We Are
The Friends of Mercy is a non-profit, volunteer organization in which members are people just like you who wish to support programs that benefit Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton. This is accomplished through volunteer programs, services to the hospital and its patients, fund-raising for needed equipment and technology.
Patient, Family & Staff Services
Volunteers offer helping hands in many areas of the hospital. They greet patients and visitors in the lobby, deliver staff mail, help prepare mailings, serve on Friends of Mercy committees and organize the Head Covers program.
The Friends of Mercy has made financial contributions to Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton since its inception in 1960. Fundraising projects include bakes sales, book fairs, jewelry sales, raffles, auctions and other special events.
The Friends of Mercy has health education programs to meet the needs of children, teens, older adults and special needs groups.
SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) volunteers are trained by the Iowa Insurance Division to help clients understand Medicare billing. They also assist in problem solving, filing appeals, paying bills, and providing information about supplemental and long-term care insurance.
Each year, volunteers present scholarships to five residents of Chickasaw County pursuing a healthcare related career. The Friends own and operate the beverage vending machine in the hospital cafeteria which funds the scholarships.
Head Covers Unlimited
Head Covers Unlimited of Chickasaw County is a support organization founded by the Friends of Mercy. The purpose is to provide wigs and turbans to residents of Chickasaw County who have lost hair due to an acute medical condition or treatment. For more information on how to receive services, please contact Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton, 641-394-1626.
Volunteers are an essential part of Mercy – New Hampton. For more information on the benefits of volunteering at Mercy, please call the Public Relations Manager at 641-394-1626.
Friends of Mercy Membership
There are three types of membership options for you to choose from:
• Active Member - Annual dues of a $10 suggested donation and participation in active service programs of the Friends of Mercy
• Contributing (Inactive Member) - Annual dues of $20.00, which relieves the member of the organization activities or any responsibility/participation that is required
• Active Life Members - One-time fee of $150.00 and participation in active service programs of the Friends of Mercy
As a member of the Friends of Mercy, you will then begin receiving notices about our fundraisers, a newsletter 3 times per year and may receive phone calls from fundraiser committee leaders about volunteering. Volunteering may involve working a few hours at a fundraising event or making baked goods to donate to sales.