October 23, 2019

Mercy Service League’s 2019 Harvest Ball raises nearly $300,000

More than 350 guests attended the Mercy Service League’s recent 2019 French Connection Harvest Ball at the Alex D. Krassas Center in Canton. The event raised approximately $300,000, with proceeds benefitting the Mercy Facility Transformation Clinical Decision Unit, which will allow Mercy Medical Center to add more private rooms for its patients.

The ball featured French-inspired gourmet cuisine, decorations and traditional French music. Dr. Steven & Peg Hirsch served as honorary medical chairs, Normal & Jane Eckinger, Jr. served as community chairs and Linda Ganser and Lisa Werstler 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 Thomas J. Strauss, interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We’re so appreciative that our Service League members have designated the proceeds this year to help Mercy add more private rooms for our patients, which will lead to even greater patient satisfection, reduced infections, improved patient throughput and increase patient privacy.”

The proceeds from Harvest Ball 2019 will benefit Mercy Medical Center’s commitment to increase the capacity of more private rooms for patients. Funds raised will be used to establish a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) which is a best practice for addressing patients requiring short term observation, for a more efficient health care delivery system, shorter lengths of stay, reduced health care costs and increased space throughout the hospital for additional private rooms.

Save the date for Harvest Ball 2020, Diamonds Are Forever, scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Pictured Left to right during the 2019 Harvest Ball are: Norman and Jane Eckinger Jr., community chairs; Lisa Werstler, Mercy Service League co-chair; Bob and Linda Ganser, Mercy Service League co-chair; Dr. Steven and Peg Hirsh, medical chairs; Thomas J. Strauss, interim CEO, Mercy Medical Center.

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