MASON CITY – Mercy Foundation – North Iowa has announced a $1 million gift from the Sukup Family Foundation.
“This gift is for a project that will benefit all of north Iowa,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of the Mercy Foundation. “We’re honored to receive such a generous gift that will help so many people.”
Vicki Sukup, Mercy Foundation Board member and past chair, said, “Mercy provides a valuable service in North Iowa and gives everyone the opportunity to reach out and help others in need of healthcare. Serving on the Foundation board, I know first hand the importance of giving and the difference philanthropy makes in helping others in our communities.”
The gift will be used for Mercy’s new cardiovascular suite involving the reconstruction of the existing two cardiac catheterization labs, the electrophysiology lab and the procedure recovery unit, and the addition of a hybrid cardiovascular suite capable of performing both catheter-based procedures and open-surgical procedures. The new cardiovascular suite will enhance Mercy-North Iowa’s cardiovascular procedures that require specialized equipment and environment.
“This is an important project for the Sukup Family Foundation,” said Eugene Sukup, the foundation’s president. “This is a gift to the people of northern Iowa to extend the cardiovascular care available locally. The hospital has great people, quality heart and vascular services and it is a Christian-based organization. These are all things important to our family.”
The Sukup family has had a personal experience with Mercy’s heart and vascular department when Eugene was treated for a heart condition several years ago and, again, recently. That positive experience was part of what inspired the family’s gift today.
“Having access to quality medical care is important for everyone living in northern Iowa.” said Eugene Sukup. “We are all lucky to have the advanced services that Mercy provides and the Sukup family is proud to be a part of this project.”
The redesigned and expanded cardiovascular suite is part of the new Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute at the health center. The Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute is a partnership Mercy has established with interventional radiologists, vascular surgery and cardiologists to better screen, diagnose and treat individuals with vascular and coronary disease. Earlier detection of the disease will save lives and enhance the quality of life of people in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
“The creation of a cardiovascular suite will centralize many of the cardiovascular procedures we do now. This will help us provide efficient, patient-focused care,” said Samual Congello, D.O., Interventional Cardiologist for the vascular institute. “In addition, we will have the capability of performing invasive surgeries in one of the catheterization labs, if medically necessary. Not having to move the patient is a great benefit. This will be one of the few true hybrid labs in the Midwest.”
Dr. Congello is very appreciative to the Sukup Family Foundation for their support of this project.
“This project is of utmost importance to the Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as the north Iowa community,” said Congello. “This wonderful, generous gift from the Sukup family means so much to the healthcare providers and people of north Iowa.”
“I am grateful to the Sukup family for helping us to make these kind of improvements,” said Dan Varnum, President and CEO of Mercy – North Iowa. “This project will allow our physicians to continue to provide the exceptional cardiovascular care that they are nationally known for.”
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Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute – Offering Quality Care Throughout North Iowa
The Mercy Heart Center has historically provided excellent cardiac services to patients in North Iowa. Together, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, Mason City Clinic and the Radiologists of North Iowa fulfill the need for excellent cardiac and vascular care in North Iowa by providing sophisticated services such as heart and vascular surgeries, angioplasty, advanced diagnostic services and vascular diagnostics and interventional care. The physicians and providers of Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute also travel to many of the surrounding rural communities within North Iowa to provide quality care close to the patients’ home.
Pictured from left to right (back row): Nick Sukup, Vicki Sukup, Steve Sukup, Eugene Sukup, Mary Sukup, Charles Sukup, Mary Beth Sukup
Left to right (front row): Crystal Koch, Zander Koch, Lily Koch, Matt Koch, Emily Schmitt, Andy Schmitt, Dr. Sam Congello, Dan Varnum, CEO and President of Mercy - North Iowa
Not Pictured: Elizabeth Sukup, Andrew Sukup, Jon Sukup and Wynn Schmitt.