The $250,000 donation is made possible by Quail Creek Bank and its majority shareholder, the Davenport family. Mark Davenport, chairman of Quail Creek Bank, said his family and the bank are honored to support Mercy in benefitting frontline staff.
“We are serious about being the number one community bank in Oklahoma City and we earn our leadership position by giving back and helping those who protect us and our community,” said Davenport. “Very few have done more to protect our lives and families this year than the nurses, doctors and staff of our local hospitals.”
Quail Creek Bank’s only stipulation is that the money specifically goes to frontline staff who have been working directly with COVID-19 patients.
“Our co-workers have worked tirelessly and selflessly over the last ten months as we’ve faced one challenge after another,” said Jim Gebhart, community president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “They are heroes every single day, putting patients first, sacrificing time with their own families to work extra shifts and stay late as we’ve seen a surge in COVID-19 patients. We are grateful to the Davenport family and Quail Creek Bank for this incredibly generous donation.”
The Davenport family has a history of supporting Mercy.
“We feel blessed to have some of the finest health care systems in the United States located right here in the northwest Oklahoma City corridor,” Davenport said. “Our philosophy of giving is to partner with local Oklahoma organizations where our donation can have a meaningful impact for patients, community residents and employees. In 2017, we funded the Pat Davenport Gamma Knife Treatment Center at the Coletta Building at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City because we could actually assist Mercy in doing what they do best, saving patient’s lives with great technology, right here in OKC instead of patients being forced to travel for care to another state.”
This is the bank’s third effort in recognizing local heroes in the Oklahoma City metro. Quail Creek Bank is the sponsor for KFOR’s Proud to Serve Program for frontline workers such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics and others. These every day heroes are nominated throughout the month and one hero is selected by KFOR to receive $500 cash for the important role they play in the community. The bank is also in its third year of sponsoring the Teacher of the Month Program through KOCO whereby each month, a different teacher, nominated by viewers, is selected to receive $1,000 to use in their classroom.
“We are very excited to give something back to these frontline workers who have given so generously in the COVID-19 battle,” said Doug Fuller, president of Quail Creek Bank.