Our History

A tradition of charity. Still making an impact today.

As a Mercy Health donor, you're part of a legacy that started with the compassionate work of several congregations of Sisters in the mid 1800s. They were destined to be health care pioneers.

The Sisters came to America to identify the unique and pressing needs in each locale. And then they rallied community leaders and citizens to contribute their time, talent and treasure to help them meet those needs. The charitable giving sought by the Sisters funded the Catholic hospitals, clinics, home health, hospices and other services that ultimately evolved into the Mercy Health we know today.

Similarly, passionate citizens who wanted to bring a hospital to Estill County led the fundraising that inspired generosity of individuals, businesses, churches and civic groups across the area to donate toward construction. And in the 1950s, Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital opened its doors to our community.

Mercy Health Foundation Irvine follows in the footsteps of the Sisters and our community leaders by connecting generous donors with the causes and programs they're passionate to support, ensuring our local health care needs are met with compassion and excellence.

Support from our donors ensures care for those most at risk, advances the quality of health care in our local counties and provides community health and wellness programs. These are just a few examples of how donors like you save and improve lives right here in Lee, Powell and Estill counties.

Compassionate Health Care Close to Home. Because of You.

Not-for-profit, faith-based health care for you, your family, your community.

The Mercy Health Foundation Irvine is a 501(c)(3) public charity supporting Mercy Health Marcum and Wallace's non-profit hospital, clinics, services and community outreach programs in the Irvine, Kentucky area. Operating as a location of the Bon Secours Mercy Health Foundation, our Tax ID Number is 20-1072726.