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Friends of Children's Mercy Northland

Friends of Children’s Mercy Northland, an auxiliary of Children’s Mercy, engages a community of friends, neighbors, families and business partners committed to educate, invest in and nurture the health of all children. This important group of volunteers focuses on supporting the needs of Children’s Mercy Northland by raising awareness, sponsoring events and leading the efforts to support the hospital as it expands and provides excellent care throughout the Northland and the region.

Under the guidance of its leadership council, Friends of Children’s Mercy Northland offers an open membership for anyone with a special interest and connection to the Northland.

Friends Council Founding Members

Michelle Smith, President

Keri Dillingham, Vice President

Sarah Schneider, Secretary 

Judy Chastain

Nancy Dillingham

Kelly Fotopoulos 

Patty Garney

Annie Holwick

Patricia Kern

Jonalee McLaughlin

Rosemary Salerno 

David Sallee

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About Children's Mercy Northland 

Since opening its doors in 2003, Children’s Mercy Northland has responded to the region’s tremendous growth as young families continue to move into the area. For 15 years, the need for convenient urgent care and specialty pediatric services has been clearly demonstrated and expansion continues to ensure that children and families in the region are provided the highest level of care.

What began as a 10,000 square foot facility with Urgent Care and four specialties, has now grown to 40,000 square feet and 25 specialties serving more than 65,000 patient visits a year. The need for enhanced services continues to increase to meet diverse health-care needs, such as the nationally- recognized Children's Mercy Tourette's Syndrome Center of Excellence, one of few such clinics in the nation, located at Children’s Mercy Northland.