St. Rita’s Volunteers to Present $227,000 Check to Medical Center During Annual Appreciation Luncheon

(LIMA; May 22, 2017) St. Rita’s Health Partners Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources president, Jan Kennedy, will present a check for $227,000 to Bob Baxter, regional CEO and senior vice president Mercy Health – Lima Region, at the UNOH Event Center, located at 1450 North Cable Road, Lima, Ohio 45805. The presentation will take place during St. Rita’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23, at 1 p.m. This donation is made on behalf of all St. Rita’s volunteers which includes 463 adults, 57 college students, 161 summer teen volunteers, 88 shadowing students and 207 supporting members. There will be 350 volunteers in attendance at Tuesday’s event.

“Throughout the year our volunteers hold events and fundraisers in order to raise funds that go toward our current foundation efforts. As volunteers, we see what this medical center does for our community and experience firsthand how these advancements in technology help provide quality care for our patients,” said Jan Kennedy, president of St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources.

This contribution will be the third installment on the Volunteer/Auxiliary’s pledge of $900,000 to St. Rita’s Health Care Foundation’s current projects3D Mammography and Hybrid Operating Room. Since 1953, St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources has raised nearly $8.5 million for the medical center.

During the luncheon, volunteers will also be recognized and 10 new names will be added to the 2,000 Hour Honor Roll. Volunteers include Annette Cypher, Sue Evans, Ginny Jackson, John Miller, Laura Roach, Mike Schoenberger, Cliff Seputis, Mary Ann Spurk, Rita Truesdale and Carol Walker. One of these volunteers, Rita Truesdale, will be awarded the “Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award in Volunteerism” for contributing more than 6 years of experience and 2,710 hours of service to the medical center.

The medical center will introduce the 2017-18 St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources executive team, Joyce Gerdeman, President; Mary Kales, President Elect, Ways and Means; Marge Snow Secretary and Historian; Ruth Novicki, Vice President for Caring; and Sheryl Dages, Vice President for Outreach.

“At St. Rita’s we appreciate everything our volunteers contribute to our patients, mission and community. The appreciation luncheon is only a small way to say thank you for their continuous hard work and dedication,” said Mark Miller, director of St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources.

About St. Rita’s Health Partners

Since 1918, St. Rita’s Health Partners has been providing quality healthcare to the people of Lima and west central Ohio. More people prefer St. Rita's for medical care than any other hospital in the 10-county region we serve. Our comprehensive high-quality medical services include The Henry & Beverly Hawk Vascular & Heart Center at St. Rita's, St. Rita's Orthopaedic Care Center, trauma and emergency, cancer treatment, women's health, mother/baby, pediatrics, sports medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, homecare and hospice.

As a member of Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, it is our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities. In 2014, St. Rita’s Health Partners invested $42 million in community benefit into the communities where we provide care, most of it targeted to people who are poor and under-served. Together with more than 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, we are fulfilling our promise, providing area residents with outstanding health and wellness services and improving the health of the communities we serve. Please visit for more information or connect with St. Rita’s Medical Center on Facebook.