Rockville Centre, NY – The Friends of Mercy Medical Center will hold their 78th Annual Mercy Ball on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. More than 300 participants are expected. This year’s event celebrates Mercy continuing to shine with more than a Century of Compassionate Care to Mercy’s surrounding communities.

The proceeds from the 78th Annual Mercy Ball will support Mercy Medical Center’s new Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing opening early 2015. The facility will offer comprehensive wound care services for the treatment of chronic, non-healing and/or poorly healing wounds. These services will be delivered by physicians and staff specializing in wound healing and hyperbaric medicine. The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing at Mercy will apply evidence-based clinical practices using sophisticated therapies, including the most advanced dressings and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to help give patients back their best quality of life.

“We are looking forward to a successful ball as we celebrate more than 100 years of quality health care to the community,” said Marc DiSciullo, MD, President of the Friend of Mercy.

The chairpersons for this year’s event are Mayor Francis X. Murray of Rockville Centre and Mrs. Gloria DiSciullo of Muttontown.

Three major awards will be presented:

•    Physicians of Mercy Medical Center, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council to an individual contributing to the development of Long Island’s community hospitals in the spirit of the renowned former president and Long Island resident’s lifelong devotion to public service.

•    Ron Steimel of Oceanside, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at St. Joseph Hospital, former chief operating officer/vice president of finance of Mercy Medical Center and a Friend of Mercy, will receive the Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ Award that honors a member of the Mercy family who best personifies the values of Mercy Medical Center and the Congregation of the Infant Jesus whose members founded the hospital in 1913.

•    John Sullivan of Rockville Centre, founder of Jzanus Ltd., a consortium of healthcare companies that provides a wide range of receivable and consulting services to the New York healthcare industry and a Friend of Mercy, will receive the Bishop John R. McGann Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to a distinguished individual dedicated to volunteering time and effort in support of the Friends of Mercy.

One of the annual traditions at the Ball is the Mercy Honor Guard, comprised of high school students who escort the Grand March of dignitaries into the ballroom preceded by a Color Guard from the United State Marine Corps. They are then presented to the Bishop, a program follows, guests enjoy a sumptuous meal and dancing into the night.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and complete event information, please visit on line at www.MercyBall.com, or call the Development Department at 516-705-2618.