Mercy Hospital Ardmore opened in 1955 as Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma and became part of the Sisters of Mercy Health System in 1996. Mercy is a full-service tertiary hospital with 190 licensed beds, a staff of nearly 1,100 and almost 100 physicians. Its services include a cancer center, women’s center, heart and vascular services, joint replacement center, wound center and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, emergency department, sleep lab and outpatient physical therapy.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 2,000 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
A letter from our Executive Director:
Mercy Health Foundation
In 2009, the foundation asked the Board of Directors to submit ideas for a special fund raising event to support its efforts. Alison Smalley, a foundation board member, proposed the creation of a marathon, half marathon and 5K known as the A2A, Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy. Her idea was enthusiastically embraced by friends and a core group from the Ardmore running community. The inaugural A2A Race for Mercy was a resounding success, far surpassing the expectations of even its loyal organizers. As they say – the rest is history!
Since its inception, the A2A has averaged 1,400 runners from 30 states and 3 countries, made possilbe by the support and hard work of 600 community volunteers of all ages. The A2A netted an average of $100,000 annually, with all proceeds benefitting the Mercy Cancer Center.
Thanks to Alison Smalley and the A2A Advisory Board, Ardmore is proud to host a top-quality sporting event that is fun for everyone. The Foundation Board of Directors and I are proud to be a part of the A2A Race for Mercy and we invite you to join us as a volunteer, participant or sponsor. If you have any questions about this great event, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your support!
Andre Moore, Executive Director