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 Catholic 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. 

Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital in Paducah draws patients from western Kentucky and three other neighboring states, offering medical and surgical specialties including cancer, orthopedics, heart and vascular, neurology and neurosurgery, neonatology and many other services. Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospice is the only provider of palliative and hospice care for 16 counties in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. And the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center is the only inpatient hospice facility in the area. 

Mercy Health Foundation Lourdes follows in the footsteps of the Sisters by connecting generous donors with the causes and programs they're passionate to support, ensuring western Kentucky's growing health care needs are met with compassion and excellence. We depend on donations for ongoing support of the hospital, hospice, all medical services and community outreach programs. 

Support from our donors ensures care for those most at risk and provides top quality medical care close to home for everyone in Paducah and beyond. These are just a few examples of how donors like you save and improve lives.

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