Friends of Mercy Medical Center 52nd Annual Gentleman's St. Patrick's Dinner- March 15th


Friends of Mercy Medical Center 52nd Annual Gentleman's St. Patrick's Dinner- March 15th

Annual Black-Tie Fund-Raiser Will Honor
Christopher J. Kearns - Managing Director, BRG Corporate Finance
Ron Steimel - Executive Vice President & CAO Mercy Medical Center  

The Friends of Mercy Medical Center will hold their 52nd Annual Gentlemen’s St. Patrick’s Dinner on Thursday, March 15th at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Fifty-two years ago a group of distinguished gentlemen from our community, Friends of Mercy, gathered together to support the mission of Mercy Medical Center. As a result, the first St. Patrick’s Dinner was formed. A half century later, this mission is still going strong and has provided millions of dollars in philanthropic support. Traditionally, the funds raised from the previous year’s events have been presented in a check at the Gentlemen’s dinner. This year’s check will mark the 52nd year of giving to Mercy Medical Center, and the Friends of Mercy look forward to continuing this tradition for another century and beyond!
About the honorees:
Christopher J. Kearns of Rockville Centre, is currently co-head of the corporate finance practice group at Berkley Research Group, LLC (BRG), a multinational strategic advisory and expert consulting firm.  He is recognized nationally as an expert in corporate restructuring.  He has been the primary financial advisor to parties in interest in numerous complex, multinational matters. He has been a testifying expert, advisor or responsible officer in many well-known corporate distressed situations, including Energy Future Holdings, Lyondell Chemical, Peabody Energy, MF Global, Nortel, Gleacher and Enron.

Chris graduated with honors from Iona College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  He started his professional career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he met his wife, Mary Beth.  After serving as a corporate officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb, he joined FTI Consulting and later was a founder and managing partner of Capstone Advisory Group, LLC. The Capstone practice joined BRG in 2015.

Chris is a proud member of the Friends of Mercy Medical Center for many years.  He is a past president and also has co-chaired the Mercy Ball and the St. Patrick’s Dinner.  Chris also has been involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for over twenty years.  He is a past Chairman of the New York City Chapter and a member of the National Board of Representatives.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Long Island Chapter.  Chris also is a past recipient of the Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. Chris and Mary Beth were the parent honorees for the inaugural ball for Holy Trinity High School and recently were honored by the Rockville Centre Lions Club.

Chris resides in Rockville Centre with his wife Mary Beth. They bought their first house in Rockville Centre in 1985. They are the proud parents of four daughters: Meghan, Catie, Emily, and Bridget.

Ron Steimel of Oceanside, has been a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island for 18 years beginning his career at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in April of 2000. In September of 2006, Ron was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Finance at Mercy Medical Center and remained in that role until October of 2015 at which time he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at St. Joseph Hospital. In December 2015, Ron returned to Mercy as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and maintained his role at St. Joseph Hospital. In February of 2017, after serving St. Joseph Hospital for two years Ron was asked to focus his full leadership efforts solely at Mercy Medical Center.

Ron is a supporter and member of the Friends of Mercy and was honored at the 2014 Friends of Mercy Golf Classic and in 2015 he received the Sister Mary Nadine Casey, CIJ Award at the Mercy Ball.

Ron graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1985 receiving a Bachelors degree in Accounting and furthered his education by obtaining a Masters of Business Administration in Taxation from St. Johns University in 1999.

Ron has served on the board of Rotacare since 2011 and has supported many other institutions, including Kellenberg Memorial High School, Oceanside Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony’s Church. Ron has been the treasurer of Oceanside Stallions Roller Hockey since 2005.

Ron resides in Oceanside with his wife Susan and their two sons, Tyler and Ryan.

The chairmen of this year’s event are John J. Joyce & John J. Joyce, Jr both from Rockville Centre.
Proceeds from the 52nd Annual Gentlemen’s Dinner will go towards an Inpatient Hospice Unit. Good Shepherd Hospice is developing a 12-bed Inpatient Hospice Unit on the campus of Mercy Medical Center. A dedicated inpatient hospice unit provides care to hospice patients whose symptoms cannot be managed in the home environment due to the need for complex treatments and frequent medication dose changes. Currently, Catholic Health Services, through Good Shepherd, has only one other facility of this kind, a 16-bed unit in Port Jefferson. Construction is to begin this month, February of 2018, with completion scheduled for later this year. The value of having a dedicated inpatient hospice unit on Mercy’s campus will be an improved ability to manage the symptoms of terminally ill patients in an acute care specialty setting, the community recognition of this setting both for Good Shepherd and Mercy, and a strengthened ability to meet mission needs as a faith-based system.  
The Friends of Mercy was founded in 1935 as an organization of men dedicated to volunteering their time and efforts to raise funds for the advancement of medical and surgical care for the patients of Mercy Medical Center as well as construction at Mercy. The Friends raise funds by sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Dinner, a Luau, a Golf Outing and the Mercy Ball held each year on the first Saturday in December. In the past five years, the Friends have raised over $1.5 million to support hospital facilities, programs and services.
For ticket, sponsorship and journal reservations or more information, please call Mercy’s Development Department at (516)705-2618.

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