Mercy Health presents Founders' Awards

(CINCINNATI; June 23, 2016) – Mercy Health – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – announces the three winners of its 2016 Founders’ Awards for governance excellence - Cathy Eldridge, former Chair of the Board, Mercy Health; Sr. Millie Ely, member of the Board, Mercy Health – Toledo and Sr. Marjorie Bosse, member of the Board, Mercy Health – Cincinnati.

“Cathy, Sr. Millie and Sr. Marjorie, on behalf of all the sisters and system Board members I am privileged to represent and on behalf of Michael Connelly and John Starcher, please accept our sincere congratulations on receiving the Founders’ Award. The award is a symbol of the deep appreciation we have for you and all that you do,” said Kathie Vestal, chair of the Board of Mercy Health.

The awards recognize trustees who excel in: 
• Demonstrating understanding and commitment to Mercy Health’s mission and values
• Bringing energy and vision to board deliberations to find new ways to address the needs of poor persons and the communities we serve
• Modeling personal and professional integrity
• Integrating personal expertise in support of Mercy Health’s mission
• Effectively connecting people and ideas, resources and needs and reality and hope 

Cathy Eldridge has been an outstanding leader, motivator and agent for change. She has a diverse and accomplished background spanning financial, strategic, human resources and marketing leadership in financial services, business and now as a management consultant. She first served Mercy Health from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Lima region’s Board of Trustees, becoming its Vice Chair in 1999. In 2004, Cathy was appointed to our system Board’s Investment Committee, becoming its Chair in 2006. Cathy served Mercy Health’s Board of Trustees as Vice Chair from 2008 to 2010 and as Chair from 2011 to this past February. She continued to influence Mercy Health’s leadership in healthcare innovation and has helped lead Mercy Health’s transformation to better serve patients through value-based care.

Sr. Millie Ely has had a profound impact on the many lives she’s touched — and on the people with whom she’s served, who note her generosity of spirit. She has been a mentor, friend and encouraging voice – professionally, personally and spiritually – for literally thousands of employees, Board members, physicians and the sisters within Mercy Health. Sr. Millie began her healthcare career in pharmacy in 1969 at the former St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center in Lorain, Ohio. From 1978 to 1995, she served in senior leadership at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren, Ohio, ultimately as president and chief executive officer. Her leadership, wisdom and compassion made her an invaluable member of our system Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2009, serving as Vice Chair of the Corporate Member from 2001 to 2004 and as System Board Chair from 2004 to 2006. Since 2009, she has served the Mercy Health Toledo Board and currently serves as Secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Sr. Marjorie Bosse, a Sister of Mercy and nurse, has devoted her life to furthering the healing ministry of the Catholic Church. She’s a strategic and highly effective leader who has served as president of two Mercy Health hospitals and as Interim President and CEO of Mercy Health. She was instrumental in bringing a Mercy hospital to Clermont County and in building what is now Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital. For 15 years, Sr. Marjorie served as our system’s Vice President of Advocacy and Community Services. She also directs our system’s Outreach Program and oversees multiple grant programs. Her leadership extends to other healthcare systems and she is a long-time member of the Board of Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, including serving as Board Chair. Over the past two decades, Sister Marjorie has served on and led multiple Boards and Board Committees for Mercy Health.