November 5, 2018

Mercy Service League’s 2018 Harvest Ball raises funds to purchase more germ-zapping robots

Mercy Service League held its 2018 Harvest Ball on October 20 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium, raising more than $280,000 with proceeds benefiting the purchase of two Xenex LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™ for Mercy Medical Center. Nearly 400 guests attended this year’s Harvest Ball, Amore Amalfi, a vintage Italian-inspired evening of Italian cuisine, old-world romance, mid-20th century melodies and the area’s only gala featuring no auction, no wallet and no program.

Mercy Medical staff physician Dr. Alfred and Tina Martello and Edward and Louise Mahoney served as honorary co-chairs, and Barbara Frustaci and Linda Ganser served as Mercy Service League co-chairs.

“Harvest Ball is a wonderful formal event offered by Mercy Service League, which raises money for important patient care initiatives,” said Paul Hiltz, FACHE, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We’re so appreciative that our service league members have designated the proceeds this year to help offset the cost of purchasing germ-zapping robots to reduce hospital infections, making Mercy an even safer hospital for our patients. Earlier this year, Mercy became the first health care facility in Stark County to implement these robots that destroy even the most dangerous pathogens. Studies show the robots can reduce infection rates by more than 70 percent.”

Altercare served as the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Harvest Ball, and Mercy Medical staff served as supporting sponsor. Other sponsors included Gatehouse Media, Metz Culinary Management, Ohio Anesthesia Group, and the Paul and Carol David Foundation. Many other businesses, organizations and individuals were also sponsors, donors, advertisers and underwriters of Harvest Ball 2018.

Save the date for Harvest Ball 2019, The French Connection, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019.

In 2018, Mercy became the first health care facility in Stark County to disinfect hospital surfaces using robots that safely emit germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) rays more intense than sunlight to destroy microorganisms, even in shadowed areas. The hospital now uses two Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots primarily in the intensive care unit (ICU), 5 Main, operating rooms, cardiac surgery, and cardiac catheterization labs.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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