The Medical, Educational and Development (MED) Foundation of Mercer Health awarded Maurice and Mary Ann Harting the 2018 Outstanding Friend of the Year award at the annual Friends of the MED Foundation dinner on January 28, 2018.
“Maurice and Mary Ann Harting truly exemplify the characteristics of what is considered an outstanding friend,” Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Coordinator, said. “Not only have they been long-time Friends of the Foundation by their annual gift, but they have generously stepped forward with a lead donation in the Building on a Promise campaign. Furthermore, they generously donated without even being asked.”
After dinner, Todd Reigelsperger of Coldwater, Ohio, addressed the audience. Todd suffered a spinal cord injury, which left him paralyzed from the waist down, as a senior in high school. Todd is now one of 150 people in the United States to use a robotic exoskeleton for exercise. With the support of his friends and family, he worked with Mercer Health and Community Sports and Therapy to bring ReWalk™ robotic technology to Mercer County. Todd continues to spread awareness about assistive technology for patients with spinal cord injuries and hopes to help others in the region become candidates for the ReWalk™ program.
In addition, Lisa Klenke, Mercer Health CEO, provided an organization update and George Boyles, Mercer Health Senior Vice President and CFO, provided updated information on Mercer County Community Hospital’s West Wing Expansion project.
John Yoder, President of the MED Foundation Board of Directors, also shared an overview of the activities of the MED Foundation over the past year including the Charity Ball, the Esmonde-Homan Memorial Golf Outing, the scholarships awarded from funds generated at the golf outing and the growth of the foundation over the past year.
Previous Outstanding Friends of the MED Foundation award recipients include:
- 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)
For more information about the MED Foundation of Mercer Health, or to become a Friend of the MED Foundation, contact Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Coordinator, at 419-678-5679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.