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Mercy Health Foundation - Mahoning Valley honors “Valley Heroes” who have impacted healthcare and outcomes in the community

Mercy Health Foundation - Mahoning Valley honors “Valley Heroes” who have impacted healthcare and outcomes in the community

(Youngstown, Ohio) – The Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley will host the 7th Annual Healthcare Visionary Awards Wednesday, May 10, at the Packard Automobile Museum – Warren, Ohio.

Each year, the Foundation recognizes two individuals (one internal to Mercy Health and one external) who have significantly impacted healthcare and health outcomes in the Valley. This year’s Heart of the Mission award will be given to Sr. Margaret Ebin, H.M., retired Mercy Health clinician who has been a key advocate and resource for the Humility of Mary Sisters and innovative in her vision as former Director of Ambulatory Clinics – a moment she credits for bringing her closer to the needs of our community.

Additionally, the Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health Award will be given to Duane Piccirrilli, the Executive Director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board who has been instrumental in coordinating and fostering collaboration during the current opiate epidemic we are experiencing as a community. His leadership has helped spearhead programming at key institutions such as Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, Catholic Charities and Help Hotline to name a few.

“These two individuals truly emphasize service before self, focusing on those most vulnerable in our Valley.” said Paul Homick, president of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. “We are blessed that they chose our community to leave their footprint and build healthier families” he said. 

In addition to honoring two individuals, the event recognizes the 1911 Foundresses’ Circle - donors who annually support the programs the Mercy Health Foundation provides each day throughout our Valley. The Circle is named after the year the St. Elizabeth Hospital opened its doors to Youngstown residents.

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