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72nd Mercy Ball Raises $90,000 For Women’s Imaging Center

(January 13, 2009 – Rockville Centre, NY) –  The 72nd annual Mercy Ball, held on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, raised some $90,000 for Mercy Medical Center. Over 400 people attended the glittering black-tie event sponsored by the Friends of Mercy, a 73-year-old organization of men who volunteer their time and efforts to support projects that advance the medical and surgical care provided to Mercy’s patients.

The proceeds from this year’s event, chaired by Marc DiSciullo, MD, of Muttontown, a long-time member of the Medical Center’s anesthesiology staff, will support the recent acquisition of new digital mammography and other state-of-the-art equipment in the hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center.

In ceremonies that included remarks by Most Reverend John C. Dunne, DD, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, C. Justin McCarthy, a long-time resident of Rockville Centre now living in Water Mill, received the Theodore Roosevelt Award For Outstanding Service, presented by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council to an individual contributing to the development of Long Island’s community hospitals in the spirit of the renowned former president and Long Island resident’s lifelong devotion to public service. Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees and serves as Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee for both institutions.

The Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ, Award was presented to Colleen Vandermark, RT, of Farmingdale, a Supervisor in the hospital’s Radiology Department,. The award honors a member of the Mercy family who best personifies the values of the Medical Center and the Congregation of the Infant Jesus whose members founded the hospital nearly a century ago.

John R. O’Connor, Esq., of Lynbrook, received the Bishop John R. McGann Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented at the Ball to a distinguished individual dedicated to volunteering time and effort in support of the Medical Center. Mr. O’Conner is a long-time member of The Friends Board of Sponsors.

Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is a 375-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving the healthcare needs of Nassau County and its surrounding area. Best known for services in maternal health, oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedics, and behavioral health, Mercy provides 24-hour emergency and trauma care, is a state-designated Stroke Center and site of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as a Bariatric Center of Excellence designated by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, and the recipient of the 2008 Bariatric Surgery Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades® the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company. Mercy also is a four-time winner of the Orthopedic Care Excellence™ award from HealthGrades, and the regional home of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Founded nearly a century ago by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, Mercy today has a medical staff of 700 physicians, nearly 1,700 employees and one of Long Island’s newest acute-care hospital facilities, the $41 million, 160-bed North Pavilion housing state-of-the-art technology and the latest features in hospital design to promote patient safety and comfort.

Mercy Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

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