Gratitude brings a family full circle

Cindy and Bill Krause

Bill and Cindy Krause have a unique attachment to Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center—all 22 of their grandchildren were born there! Cindy, who is a Mercy San Juan Medical Center Guild volunteer, works at the hospital gift shop. As a Guild member, Cindy was invited to learn more about the plans for a new NICU at a Mercy Foundation hosted event. She attended and came away inspired to help.

Cindy and her husband, Bill, recently made a $500,000 commitment through Mercy Foundation to help complete the construction of the new and expanded NICU. The Krauses have a personal NICU experience that further motivated them to make such a generous gift. Their second child, Therese, was born in Detroit, Michigan, two months prematurely and was not expected to survive.

“I fought every day, every hour to see my baby,” explains Mr. Krause, “at that time, fathers were not allowed into the NICU, and it was a terrible experience for us.”

Today, Therese is a healthy adult with five children of her own, all born at Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

The new NICU will be unique in that it will have space for a family member to stay with each tiny, fragile patient as they receive the care they need to make a healthy start at life. The Krauses’ gift will meaningfully contribute to establishing this valuable resource and bring their family’s story full circle.

Mercy Foundation, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, and the Sisters of Mercy are deeply grateful for the Krauses’ commitment to families and children in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond.