MED Foundation hosts annual Healing Garden ceremony, honors 2020 Outstanding Friend of the Year

The MED Foundation of Mercer Health held its annual Healing Garden ceremony on May 27 at Mercer County Community Hospital. Each year during the ceremony, pavers are dedicated in honor or in memory of community members and families. Pavers engraved with the following messages were added to the therapeutic space located just outside of the Sanderell Family West Wing:

  • Joseph & Mary Keller Family      
  • In loving memory of Leo, Norbert, & Matilda Sanderell   
  • In loving memory of the Adolph & Ida Sanderell Family   
  • In loving memory of Justine Wilker, Lake James Friends                 
  • Through prayer, may you find healing, Bob & Linda Eyink                          
  • In loving memory of Oliver & Sarah Giere                            
  • Mike Lamm Images Nature Photgraphy, Mike & Joyce Lamm                      
  • In loving memory of Raymond Koesters                
  • In Memory of Jerry Andrew. Always in our hearts, Logan & Nate
  • Rob & Marie Gross Family                          
  • Virgil Muhlenkamp 4/9/1939- 4/6/2020, Lake James Friends                       
  • In loving memory of Thomas Wilker, Lake James Friends                
  • Anne Schwieterman-Fulmer 10/8/1981-9/6/2020                     
  • Margaret E. Bernard 7/19/1917-11/5/2020, Lake James Friends                 
  • Arthur R. Bernard 4/5/1915-9/17/1986                 
  • Alice James                                                      
  • In loving memory of Bob & Tottie Brunswick                      
  • In loving memory of  Jane Gerlach, Employee 1983-2017, Volunteer 2018-2021, A life well lived
  • In honor of all of our friends & Family we have lost due to Covid 19         
  • Oliger – Otto H 1909-2004 & Ruth Now 1911-2005                           
  • In Loving Memory of Rosie Hagar, Caring Nurse & Friend                             
  • Harold & Ruth Willmann                                          
  • In Memory of our longtime friend Mauri Cron 

During this year’s Healing Garden ceremony, Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Director, announced the foundation’s 2020 Outstanding Friends of the Year—Dolores and the late Mauri Cron of Coldwater. The Crons are longtime friends and supporters of Mercer Health, the MED Foundation and the entire community.

“In addition to being Friends of the Foundation for more than 10 years, the Crons were members of the Promise Club in support of the Building on a Promise Campaign in support of the Sanderell Family West Wing,” Hemmelgarn said. “Mauri and Dolores’s contribution to Mercer Health, the MED Foundation and to our entire community has truly been a blessing and will benefit future generations for years to come.”

Most recently, Dolores selected the MED Foundation of Mercer Health as the recipient for memorial donations made following the untimely death of her husband, Mauri.

Previous Outstanding Friends of the MED Foundation award recipients include:

  • Connie Hein, Charity Ball Committee Member (2019)
  • Jack Hartings and Chris Mohler, Building on a Promise Campaign co-chairs (2018)
  • Maurice and Mary Ann Harting (2017)
  • VJ and Marilyn Westerheide (2016)
  • Remer Holdings, Inc. (2015)
  • Tom Sanderell (2014)
  • Richard “Red” Luken (2013)
  • Coldwater Machine (2012)
  • Francis and Joan Pax (2011)
  • HCF Management, Inc. (2010)
  • Mercer Health Volunteer Association (2009)

To learn more about the MED Foundation of Mercer Health, to become a Friend of the MED Foundation or to make a donation, contact Deb Hemmelgarn at 419-678-5679 or or visit