Mercy celebrated Donors and Scholarship recipients in festivities hosted at All-Pro Stadium in Avon prior the Crushers baseball game on July 30.
Donors to the Mercy Foundation were treated to a night in a special box. They were also saluted by Sue Bowers, President, Mercy Allen Hospital.
Bowers shared some amazing statistics as she enumerated donor impact on the health system’s ability to serve the community.
“The numbers are staggering, and they make a compelling case for the necessity of our Foundation and the support of individuals such as yourself,” she said.
Last year, the Mercy Health System in Lorain County provided over $23 million in community benefit. The Mercy Health System as a whole provides $1 million per day in community benefit across the many regions it serves. Since 2011, the health system has provided $74.9 million in total community benefit, including the cost of charity care, non-reimbursed Medicaid, community outreach programs and financial assistance.
“Mercy would not be able to sustain this level of commitment to our community without the continued support of donors like you,” said Bowers.
Mercy Foundation President Scott Pember introduced the 2014 Mercy Foundation Scholarship winners: Joshua Gregory, Erin Blake, Ashleigh Schmittle, Sheridan Champe, Rachel Holowecky, Nicholas Tuttle and Emily Witt.
In addition to the scholarship recipients, recipients of the Denis A. Radefeld, MD, Humanitarian Award – Kimberly Miller and Susanne Strader – were recognized.
In a special presentation, Dr. Alexander Zolli presented Dr. Radefeld with the Mercy Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Zolli extolled Dr. Radefeld as a personal hero and invited this year’s scholarship winners to come forward to personally encounter the presence of this individual whose lifetime of commitment to community stands as an example for future generations.
Also on hand was Mr. Paul Balcom, one of the individuals for whom a scholarship is named. Mr. Balcom served as President and CEO of Lorain Community Hospital and its successor, the merged Lorain Community/St. Joseph Regional Health Center, from 1975-1997.