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February 25, 2017
Several Mercy Care Plan employees volunteered during the Special Olympics Arizona Unified Food Truck Festival in Chandler, AZ at the end of February. The event paired the love of sports with the love of food. Unified sports pairs individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together on the same sports team. The event gives individuals the opportunity to have an interactive experience with Special Olympics Arizona athletes in a fun, safe and competitive environment. Mercy Care Plan employees are passionate about supporting Special Olympics Arizona.

Special Olympics Food Truck Event

February 24, 2017
Mercy Care Plan employees attended their Black History Month Celebration at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe, AZ. Titled “African Americans and Mental Health: Moving Forward,” the event featured speakers Dr. Sala Webb, Mercy Maricopa’s Children’s Behavioral Medical Director; and Kurt Sheppard, president and CEO of Valle del Sol. They discussed some of the historical context and background of the interactions between African Americans and the mental health system in the U.S.

Black History Month Celebration Photo

Black History Month Celebration Photo

Black History Month Celebration Photo

Black History Month Celebration Photo

February 2-5, 2017
More than 70 Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care employees volunteered at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to support one of our community partners, Special Olympics Arizona.

Waste Management Open Volunteers

February 3, 2017
Our Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care employees wore RED to support women’s heart health. The American Heart Association created National Wear Red Day to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Employees joined in a many activities, including taking a group power walk around the outside of the office building, eating heart-healthy snacks and playing health trivia games. They even donated funds to support the upcoming Phoenix Heart Walk on March 18.


January 28, 2017
Mercy Care Plan worked with the Mercy Maricopa Youth Leadership Council to host the GPS: Navigating Life in Transition event. Individuals were invited to the event to learn about how to get a great start in the work force by creating a terrific resume, managing stress at work, learning job-interviewing skills and more.

GPS Life in Transition

December 9-10, 2016 – AZ MOM
Mercy Care Plan was proud to sponsor the 2016 Central Arizona Mission of Mercy (AZ MOM) event on Dec. 9 and 10 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. People who are unable to pay for dental care can get the treatment they need during this annual event.

November and December 2016 – MAM Toy Drive
Employees of Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care donated toys and gifts to support Military Assistance Mission, which provides support services to local veterans and their families.

MAM Toy Drive

November 2016 – MAM Penny Wars Fund Raising
Mercy Care Plan, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Aetna employees raised more than $10,000 to present to the Military Assistance Mission to help support our veterans and their families.

MAM Penny Wars Fund Raising

October 25, 2016 – Mercy Health Families Event
Mercy Care Plan hosted the first-ever Mercy Health Families event to help bring awareness of childhood obesity in Phoenix, AZ. The event included numerous fitness and education activities in addition to nutrition education and an opportunity to shop for fresh produce on the Fresh Express bus.

Mercy Health Families Event

October 15, 2016 –Long Term Care Health Fair
Mercy Care Plan held its first ever health fair for our Long Term Care members and their families in Tucson, AZ. To help our members prepare for a healthy winter, Flu vaccinations, eye exams, diabetes testing and more were provided. To help provide fun for the whole family, we had balloon artists, face painters, a yo-yo champion, pet therapy teams from Gabriel’s Angels and more.

Long Term Care Health Fair

October 15, 2016 – 12th Annual NAMI Valley Walk
Mental health treatment and services have improved dramatically over the years, benefitting thousands of Arizonans and their families. But stigma prevents thousands more from seeking treatment. It robs them of their self-esteem and opportunities to reach their potential. Mercy Care Plan, Aetna and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care were proud to help sponsor the 12th Annual NAMI Valley Walk in Phoenix, AZ. Employees also helped support the cause by raising money and walking to fight the stigma around mental illness.

12th Annual NAMI Valley Walk

September 24, 2016 - Bow Tie Block Party
As a Children’s Champion Sponsor, Mercy Care Plan proudly provided the bow ties for the El Rio Vecinos' Bow Tie Block Party. The Block Party raises money to support El Rio's pediatric dental program, which serves children in Tucson and southern Arizona.

Bow Tie Block Party

September 10, 2016 – Field of Dreams
Mercy Care Plan, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Aetna Medicaid hosted more than 1,000 foster family members at a Diamondbacks game to bring awareness of and to show support for the more than 18,000 children in Arizona's foster care system.

Field of Dreams

August 2016 – Back to School Drive
Mercy Care Plan, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Aetna held a back-to-school drive. Employees donated school supplies filling 1,000 backpacks for the Phoenix Rescue Mission and Jewish Family and Children’s Services to provide to children receiving services from their organizations.

Back to School Drive

August 2016 – El Rio Helps Community Go Back to School
Mercy Care Plan helped sponsor El Rio Community Health Center’s Back-to-School event in Tucson, AZ. The event provided kids with their school vaccinations as well as dental and/or eye exams. The first 200 kids received backpacks and reading books, and Mercy Care Plan was excited to provide 300 kids with shoe vouchers to help get their school year started on the right foot.

El Rio Helps Community Go Back to School

July 30, 2016 – Tucson Police Foundation Back-to-School Safety Fair
Mercy Care Plan was a sponsor of the Tucson Police Foundation's Back-to-School Safety Fair in Tucson, AZ. We handed out first aid kits, pocket hand sanitizers and cool pencils for a healthy and fun start to the school year.

Tucson Police Foundation Back-to-School Safety Fair

July 2016 – Heat Relief Water Drive
Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care employees collected bottled water to support the Maricopa Association of Governments' Heat Relief Regional Network, which supplies water and shelter to vulnerable people in Maricopa County. Find out more about MAG's heat relief sites and how you can help.
Heat Relief Water Drive

June 2016 – Maurice Sendak Exhibit
Mercy Care Plan was proud to sponsor the "50 Years of Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are" exhibit at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, AZ. The exhibit featured movies, kids craft activities and story time.

Maurice Sendak Exhibit

May 11, 2016 – Tucson Urban League, Cradle-to-Career Initiatives
As a part of Mercy Care Plan's priority to reinvest in the community, the Tucson Urban League was presented with $10,000 support its early childhood education programs and Cradle-to-Career initiatives.

Tucson Urban League

April 9, 2016 – Casa de los Ninos Family Fiesta
To help promote child abuse prevention, Mercy Care Plan employees volunteered and handed out hula-hoops at Casa de Los Ninos’ Family Fiesta in Tucson, AZ. Our friends at Casa de los Ninos even recognized Mercy Care Plan with the award for Best Activity for Kids!

Casa de los Ninos Family Fiesta

April 9, 2016 – March of Dimes March for Babies
Mercy Care Plan was a sponsor of the 2016 March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Phoenix, AZ. Our employees volunteered, walked and raised money to give all babies a healthy start in life.

March of Dimes March for Babies

March 26, 2015 – Special Olympics
Mercy Care Plan was a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Arizona. Some of our employees volunteered at SOAZ’s Unified Food Truck Festival at University of Phoenix Stadium. Unified sports pairs people with and without intellectual disabilities, to compete together on the same sports team. The benefits are endless for both the Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without a disability. It allows Special Olympic athletes to gain higher-level sports skills while experiencing meaningful inclusion by playing a valued role on a team, changes people’s attitudes about people with disabilities and fosters lasting friendships.

Special Olympics

March 26, 2016 – Phoenix Fire Department Smoke Alarm Walk
Mercy Care Plan employees proudly joined the Phoenix Fire Department on Saturday, March 26 for the city's bi-annual Smoke Alarm Walk. Volunteers canvassed the neighborhood near Loma Linda Elementary School, installing smoke alarms for those who don't have them or needed replacements, at no cost. Our employees participate in this event to honor Tyler Woodard, who worked at Mercy Care Plan and died tragically in an apartment fire. 36 teams of volunteers visited 903 homes and installed 138 smoke alarms.

Phoenix Fire Department Smoke Alarm Walk

Community partnerships

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[Mercy Care Plan]

[Community partnerships at Mercy Care Plan]

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Together with our community partners, Mercy Care Plan has been making a difference in the lives of millions of Arizonans and their families. For 30 years we have been dedicated to…

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Care Community Compassion

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Promoting and facilitating quality healthcare services with particular concern for the poor and those with special needs. We take this mission seriously, and we share a special relationship with our community partners as we work towards common goals.

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[Mercy Care Plan / March of Dimes]

Mercy Care Plan and the March of Dimes Arizona chapter have worked together to assure that quality prenatal care is available to all Arizona mothers. We are committed to providing education and access to care that prevents preterm births that are so difficult for babies and families and so costly for the community. 

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[Michael Simoni, State Director; March of Dimes AZ Chapter]

March for Babies Phoenix gets about 8,000 participants each year for one of the largest walks in the state, and Mercy Care knew that they could deliver important information, fun activities, and really own that portion of the walk. That is something that we hadn’t had years prior to Mercy Care’s involvement.  Mercy Care is on the top of the list among organizations who really embody the spirit of giving back.  And Mercy Care employees rally like no one else behind the causes that they support.

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The important thing is working together we’re able to give many more birthdays to the children and the families here in Arizona to celebrate, and that’s exciting.

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[Mercy Care Plan / Special Olympics Arizona]

For 6 years, Mercy Care Plan has partnered with Special Olympics Arizona. That partnership has flourished and now supports many innovative initiatives including Over the Edge, the Waste Management Open, the Summer Games in Tucson and The Healthy Athletes Village at the Summer Games in Phoenix.  Today thanks to the Mercy Care Plan and Special Olympics partnership, the Healthy Athletes Village has grown and is now able to provide over 1,600 health screenings annually to over 300 Special Olympics Athletes.

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[Tim Martin, President and CEO, Special Olympics of Arizona

The team here is amazing. They want to make sure that our athletes are always the premier focus.  We always say at Special Olympics we want to treat our athletes like they’re Major League because they are.  Mercy Care has always bought into that.  Nothing but the best. 

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I think partnering with Mercy Care has been, it’s the true example and it set an example not only to Arizona, but nationally. Mercy Care is a major reason we’ve become national and international leaders in health.

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Today’s Arizona’s foster children face a growing crisis. Their needs are greater than the resources to care for them. 

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[Mercy Care Plan 30 years / Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care]

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Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care formed a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dignity Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona Care Network and the Arizona Department of Child Safety to host a foster awareness baseball game and health fair.  The nonprofits that participated in this field of dreams event included human resource training, Southwest Network, Arizona Children’s Association, the Arizona Chapter of the Foster Family Base Treatment Association, Children’s Action Alliance, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services.  Foster families learned how to access healthcare while foster kids received haircuts, face painting, professional photographs, Dback t-shirts and caps, backpacks, gift cards to restaurants, Fry’s food stores, Old Navy and every child received a 25 gift card to Payless shoe stores.

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[Debbie Castaldo Arizona Diamondbacks Vice President, Corporate of Community Impact]

Prior to joining the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 years ago, I was part of the Dignity Health Family, and so for many, many years I have known how special Mercy Care Plan is and what their impact and role is in this great community. And so when I was looking for a partner to work on our foster care initiatives hoping to make that impact, of course, I would turn to the Mercy Care team.  Their commitment to this community has been unwavering.  But more importantly, they understand the complex issue facing our most underserved children and their families.  I wanted that expertise.  I wanted to learn how could we do more?  How could we be real?  How could we make sure that the efforts and the money we’re putting toward this program will really make the difference we hope to make?  Is there a child or a family out there where we can actually get them headed in the right direction?  Make sure they have their resources they need, or what if we could find families that might join the foster and adoptive care system and take hold of a child that so desperately wants a loving home?  Well, Mercy Care gets it, we get it, and we hope to make a long term difference right here in the community we live in.

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[Christi Lundeen, Chief Promotion Officer, Mercy Care Plan]

This is what Mercy Care is all about. Yes, we play claims, and we authorize services, but what’s important is that member and what our community needs beyond what we can do from covering their healthcare it’s just a great place to work.

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Caring for Arizona families for thirty years… We are Mercy Care Plan. It’s what we do.

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Mercy Care Plan 30 years, Celebrating 30 years of health and hope for Arizonans.


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[Socios comunitarios de Mercy Care Plan]

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En conjunto con nuestros socios comunitarios, Mercy Care Plan ha estado haciendo la diferencia en la vida de millones de arizonenses y sus familias. Durante los últimos 30 años nos hemos dedicado a...

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Atención - Comunidad - Compasión

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Promover y facilitar servicios para el cuidado de la salud de calidad con especial interés hacia los pobres y aquellos con necesidades especiales. Nosotros tomamos esta misión muy en serio, y compartimos una relación especial con nuestros socios comunitarios mientras que trabajamos hacia metas comunes.

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[Mercy Care Plan / March of Dimes]

Mercy Care Plan y el Grupo de Arizona de la organización March of Dimes han trabajado juntos para asegurar que la atención prenatal de calidad esté disponible para todas las madres de Arizona. Estamos dedicados a proveer educación y acceso a la atención que prevenga nacimientos prematuros, los cuales son muy difíciles para los bebés y sus familias, además de muy costosos para la comunidad.

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[Michael Simoni, Director del Estado; Grupo de Arizona de March of Dimes]

La caminata March for Babies Phoenix cuenta con alrededor de 8,000 participantes cada año, es una de las caminatas más grandes en el estado, y Mercy Care sabía que podrían entregar información importante, divertidas actividades, y realmente poseer esa parte de la caminata. Eso es algo que no habíamos tenido en los años previos de la participación de Mercy Care. Mercy Care es una de las primeras organizaciones en la lista de aquellas organizaciones que verdaderamente personifican el espíritu de dar a la comunidad. Y los empleados de Mercy Care trabajan como nadie más respaldando las causas que apoyan.

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Lo más importante de trabajar juntos es que podemos darles muchos más cumpleaños a celebrar, a niños, niñas y familias aquí en Arizona, y eso es emocionante.

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[Mercy Care Plan / Olimpiadas Especiales de Arizona]

Durante 6 años, Mercy Care Plan se ha asociado con las Olimpiadas Especiales de Arizona. Dicha asociación ha florecido y ahora apoya muchas innovadoras iniciativas, incluyendo a: Over the Edge, Waste Management Open, Summer Games en Tucsón y The Healthy Athletes Village que es parte de los juegos Summer Games en Phoenix. En la actualidad, gracias a la sociedad de Mercy Care Plan y las Olimpiadas Especiales, la aldea de atletas saludables The Healthy Athletes Village ha crecido y ahora puede proveer más 1,600 revisiones de salud cada año a más de 300 atletas de las Olimpiadas Especiales.

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[Tim Martin, Presidente y Oficial Ejecutivo en Jefe, Olimpiadas Especiales de Arizona]

El equipo aquí es increíble. Ellos se quieren asegurar de que nuestros atletas siempre sean el enfoque principal. En las Olimpiadas Especiales siempre decimos que queremos tratar a nuestros atletas como si estuvieran en las Grandes Ligas porque lo están. Mercy Care siempre ha aceptado eso. Nada, sino lo mejor.

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Yo creo que asociarse con Mercy Care ha sido, es un verdadero ejemplo y estableció un ejemplo no sólo en Arizona, sino a nivel nacional. Mercy Care es una importante razón por la que nos hemos convertido en líderes de la salud a nivel nacional e internacional.

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Actualmente, los niños en adopción temporal de Arizona se enfrentan a una creciente crisis. Sus necesidades son más que los recursos disponibles para hacerse cargo de ellas.

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[30 años de Mercy Care Plan / Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care]