Mercy Service League To Present 2009 Harvest Ball

Mercy Service League To Present 2009 Harvest Ball

Posted on: September 16, 2009

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Service League will present its annual Harvest Ball on Saturday, Oct., 17 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Proceeds from the gala themed, “I’ll Take Manhattan,” will help fund the renovation and expansion of Mercy Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Major sponsors of Harvest Ball 2009 are: The Hoover Foundation as “The Big Apple” Sponsor; Mercy Medical Center Medial Staff as the “Grand Station Sponsor;” Baker & Hostetler LLP, Paul & Carol David Foundation, The Repository, Sisters of Charity Health System, Stark County Anesthesia, Inc., and Stark County Emergency Physicians as “Times Square” Sponsors.

As in past years, the Civic Center will be transformed by the Service League, creating a gala atmosphere under the artistic direction of Christine Ridgway, president of the Mercy Service League and owner of Empire Designs. This year’s “I’ll Take Manhattan” theme will come alive with a festive New York state of mind. Harvest Ball is a highlight of the Mercy Service League’s yearlong fundraising efforts. This elegant event is unique in that it offers fine dining and dancing, but as in past years, there is no auction, no raffle and no wallets required.

Emergency medicine physicians Frank J. Kaeberlein, M.D., and Theodore L. Spangler, M.D., will serve as medical staff co-chairs for the 2009 Harvest Ball and Karen Bostrom and Barbara Frustaci, Mercy Service League are event co-chairs.

Mercy Emergency and Trauma Services has been an area leader in emergency care for nearly two decades and a designated Level II Trauma Center since 2003. In 2003, the Emergency Department’s Chest Pain Center also received national recognition as the first-ever fully accredited Chest Pain Center in the United States by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In 2008 the emergency department completed the American College of Surgeons trauma reverification evaluation. Thanks to the exceptional work of department leaders and staff members, the surveyors found no deficiencies.

With record patient volumes over the past three years, Kaeberlein says the hospital recognizes the urgent need to expand and renovate the current emergency department. “This major renovation and expansion will give us a state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to improve emergency care in our community by providing efficient and exceptional medical care and, at the same time, increase patient satisfaction,” Kaeberlein says.

“And in addition to offering the latest in medical technology, the department will be patient and family-friendly, something that is often missing in today’s busy emergency departments,” Spangler says. “We provide a true service to our community and our new department will reflect that goal, in keeping with Mercy’s mission.”

Kaeberlein is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and co-director of the Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) at Mercy Medical Center. A graduate of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Kaeberlein completed his emergency medicine residency program at Akron General Medical Center and joined the Mercy staff in 1992. Board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, he currently practices with Stark County Emergency Physicians, who have provided the physician staffing for Mercy’s Emergency Department for almost 20 years. In his many years as a member of Mercy’s medical staff, Kaeberlein has served on numerous committees. He is currently chairman of the Medical Staff Performance Improvement Committee, vice-chairman of Trauma Services, and serves on the Stroke, ICU and Heart Failure Committees. In addition to his service at Mercy, Kaeberlein is also a member of the board of directors for the Canton Medical Education Foundation and a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at NEOUCOM.

Spangler specializes in emergency medicine and joined the active medical staff at Mercy Medical Center in 2006. A graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Spangler completed his residency training in emergency medicine at University of Cincinnati. Spangler is board certified in emergency medicine. He currently serves on Mercy Medical Center’s Tissue Committee and is a member of the board of trustees for St. Joseph Care Center in Louisville.

Bostrom joined the Mercy Service League in 2005 and currently serves as nominating chairperson. The marketing specialist at Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., she holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing.

Frustaci, administrative director of offsite service lines, has worked in healthcare for 32 years. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health and completed coursework at The Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas in Health Promotion. Frustaci joined the Mercy Service League in 2004 and has worked on various committees. She is also an active board member and past board president of the American Heart Association (AHA) and currently serves on the AHA Heart Ball committee. Frustaci serves as a member of the Walsh University Advisory Board and was most recently selected to be in the upcoming 23rd Class of Leadership Stark County.

Individual tickets for the event, including a special “Dessert & Dancing” option, are currently available. For more information, contact 330-489-1018.

About the Mercy Service League
The Mercy Service League, a non-profit organization, promotes the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and Mercy’s philosophies through service, outreach and education. The league is made up of dedicated women who volunteer and fundraise on Mercy’s behalf.

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see


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