The efforts of the employees at the Walstead Mertsching legal firm have helped to establish a fund that will help patients at the Saint John Medical Center Dialysis Unit. Over this past holiday season, Walstead Mertsching employees collected more than $1,200 in donations for the Dialysis Unit, and the PeaceHealth St. John Foundation now says that’s enough to help establish the Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund. Foundation officials say that proceeds from the fund will help benefit patients who need extra care curing their treatment. Walstead Mertsching employees also donated new toys and books to “A Child’s Place,” the hospital’s facility that helps kids with behavioral and emotional issues. Foundation officials say that the offer a heartfelt thank your to the Walstead Mertsching employees for their generosity.