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Dylan Carlson surprises Mercy Hospital workers with message of appreciation

Cardinals Outfielder and the MLB Players Trust Reach out to Workers Who Have Shown Commitment to Saving Others During the Pandemic

St. Louis, Feb. 4 – In an effort to show appreciation and gratitude for Mercy Hospital workers on the front lines of the pandemic, St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Dylan Carlson and the Major League Baseball Players Trust will surprise five employees with a “thank you” call via Zoom.

This marks the third Zoom call of the MLB Players Trust’s “High Fives for Our Healthcare Heroes” national campaign. Through this initiative, Players are paired with a hospital in a city that they currently play or have played in to thank frontline workers for the difficult and selfless work being done across the country to bring an end to the pandemic.

In addition to the call, the Players will surprise the hospital with a $5,000 gift on behalf of the Players Trust to support employee relief and recognition efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlson, a California native, was selected in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2016 MLB draft. He emerged as an impact player last season, hitting .266 with 18 home runs while starting all three outfield positions. He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

The five employees selected by the St. Louis-based hospital system include: Brian Cody, Supply Chain Tech; Valerie Gabriel, Patient Support Associate; Micaela Flores, Respiratory Therapist; Anne Merritt, NICU nurse; and Tyeisha Williams, Food Service Tech. Also joining the call is Dr. David Meiners, President of Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis is an 859-bed comprehensive teaching hospital and part of Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems nationally recognized quality care, which serves millions annually. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 3,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners as well as more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Major League Baseball Players Trust, charitable arm of the Major League Baseball Players Association, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise, influence, and passions of players to create meaningful and sustainable change in the lifelong well-being of others.

WHEN: The Zoom call will take place this evening, February 4 at 4:00pm CT/5:00PM. ET

WHERE: Footage of the call will be available to interested outlets at 7:00PM ET.


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