Hospital Honors Memory of “Friends of Mercy” Founder

Patient Reception Area Dedicated To Justice Thomas J. Cuff

Special Tribute Planned At 75th "Diamond Jubilee" Mercy Ball on December 3rd

pr20111025FriendsOfMercy1(October 25, 2011 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - As The Friends of Mercy Medical Center prepare for their 75th Annual "Diamond Jubilee" Mercy Ball on Saturday, December 3rd, the hospital is honoring the memory of the group's founder and first president.

With the reinstallation of a bronze plaque bearing his name and likeness, the hospital's Patient Access reception area will be dedicated to the Honorable Thomas J. Cuff, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, who established the Friends in 1935 as an organization of men dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new hospital building and advancement of medical and surgical care for patients.

Justice Cuff was a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and later served as vice president of the school's board of trustees. A resident of Garden City, he passed away in 1953 at the age of 62, half way through his second 14-year term on the bench.

Supported by the fund-raising efforts that Justice Cuff established through the Friends, Mercy was able to acquire its 20-acre campus in Rockville Centre pr20111025FriendsOfMercy2and construct a state-of-the-art facility shortly after World War II. With the on-going support of the Friends, and the Council of Leagues women's auxiliaries, Mercy has continued to grow and expand to encompass one of the newest and most up-to-date hospitals in the region.

In the past five years, the Friends have raised nearly $1.5 million to support hospital facilities, including new state-of-the-art diagnostic cardiology and digital mammography equipment; enhancement of the Women's Imaging Center; and enhancement of the medical center's Emergency, Trauma and Express Care facilities, including a new Express Care radiology suite; and the 2006 completion of the hospital's state-of-the-art North Pavilion.

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