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John Joyce

In my capacity as President of The Friends of Mercy, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the 79th Annual Friends of Mercy Medical Center Mercy Ball, the unofficial beginning of Mercy’s Christmas season.

Mercy, founded by the Nursing Sisters of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus more than 100 years ago, has become a mainstay in our community, and is a recognized health care leader in the state. Just this past year, Mercy received the American Heart Association Gold Plus Stoke Award; The Joint Commission “Top Performers” in AMI, CHF, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care; and for the second consecutive year a Leapfrog score of “A” for patient safety and quality.

The prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Award has been given annually since 1958 by member hospitals of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. Named for the renowned former President and Long Island resident, the symbolic bronze bust of "T.R." is presented each year to an outstanding recipient, in the spirit of Roosevelt's lifelong devotion to public service. The Friends are especially proud that one of our very own is being honored this year, Andrew E. Healey.

This evening, the Nursing Sisters will present the Sister Nadine Award, created in 1996, recognizing an individual who best personifies the values of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus and Mercy Medical Center:  Compassion, Respect and Mission. We congratulate this year’s twentieth award recipient, Jeanne Colamussi, RN.

The Bishop McGann Award, created in 2001, is presented annually by The Friends of Mercy Medical Center at the Mercy Ball. It is presented to a distinguished individual dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raising funds for the advancement of the medical and surgical care of the patients at Mercy Medical Center. This year, another of our very own is being honored, Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz.

Congratulations to the three award recipients. The contributions and dedication of each of these individuals exemplify what makes Mercy such a special place.

On behalf of The Friends, I would especially like to thank the sponsors, underwriters, guests, Mercy Ball Committee members, physicians, nurses, and volunteers, all of whom have contributed to the success of Mercy Medical Center.

A special note of thanks to our Event Chairpersons, the Honorable Mayor Francis Murray and Ms. Gloria DiSciullo, who so selflessly agreed to step up for the third consecutive year to ensure a most pleasant and successful evening.

The Friends of Mercy’s continued success is, of course, in no small way attributable to the group of gentlemen who continually volunteer their time and resources to ensure that our fund-raising activities are not only financially successful, but fun, as well.  We, of course, could not continue to do this without the support of our spouses. A special thank you and love to my wife, Donna, who has supported my efforts on behalf of the Friends these past sixteen years.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

John Joyce
President of The Friends of Mercy


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79th Annual Mercy Ball