St. Rita's names Mercy Club Award winners

(Lima, Oct. 11, 2015) On October 11, 2015, Herbert Schumm, MD and Paula Schumm were announced the winners of the 2015 Mercy Club Award. This is the 37th year for the Mercy Club Award, established by St. Ritas Health Care Foundation to recognize humanitarian service to the community.

Trained in family medicine, Dr. Schumm was in private practice before he became the vice president of medical affairs for St. Ritas Medical Center. He served in this role for 12 years, before becoming the president of St. Ritas Professional Services in the fall of 2012. Dr. Schumms wife Paula volunteers at St. Ritas every Tuesday, visiting different units and playing music for patients on instruments including the banjo and dulcimer. The Schumms commitment to St. Ritas is undeniable; however, their service extends far beyond the walls of the medical center.

The Schumms have been instrumental in the community in many ways. For many years, Dr. Schumm has provided sports physicals for hundreds of high school athletes in Spencerville, free of charge. He played a major role in fundraising for the new Spencerville school and spent numerous hours restoring the villages train depot. He serves on a number of committees at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene, teaches a Bible study, gives a monthly devotional at Lochhaven Assisted Living Apartments, and has volunteered countless hours at Camp Cotubic in Bellfontaine. Additionally, Dr. Schumm and Paula are very active with WTLW, a religious and family-entertainment TV station in Lima.

Dr. Schumm has also handcrafted many beautiful instruments for members of the community, including his wife Paula, who uses her many musical talents to serve others. When she isnt volunteering and playing her instruments at St. Ritas, she is accompanying high school choirs, playing for local preschools and nursing homes, and helping with the all-school musical at Spencerville. Paula recently started playing instruments for hospice patients who are interested in music therapy.

Prior to the Mercy Club Award presentation, Dr. Schumm and Paula provided the receptions keynote presentation alongside Rev. Tom Shobe. The speakers discussed the instruments they have created and the health benefits that music brings to peoples lives.

The annual Mercy Club Reception is hosted by St. Ritas Health Care Foundation to celebrate continued support from the community, businesses, individuals, St. Ritas employees, St. Ritas Volunteer/Auxiliary, and St. Ritas Medical Staff.

For more information, please contact:
Katee Johnson
Communications Coordinator
St. Ritas Health Partners
O: 419-226-9802
C: 567-242-4078