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St. James Mercy Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members
Press Release (PDF)
Two local community leaders have joined the board of directors of St. James Mercy Foundation. Theresa (Terry) Pullman and Kathy Dessena were elected to the board effective April 2012, and will serve a term of four years.

Terry Pullman, Arkport, New York, is a Tax Associate with H&R Block in Hornell, and previously worked as Library Media Specialist at Arkport Central School and Children’s Librarian at Hornell Public Library. Ms. Pullman has served on the boards at Hornell School Employees Federal Credit Union and Hornell Country Club, and volunteered for Arkport Girls Softball and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier. She has a BA in English and a Masters in Library Science from SUNY Geneseo.
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  SJMH Foundation welcomes new board members Terry Pullman (left) and Kathy Dessena

Lions Club Radiothon Nets $2,500 for St. James Mercy Hospital Foundation
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St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Foundation announced that it has received $2,500 in proceeds from the Maple City Lions Club annual radiothon held on February 25, 2012.

Hosted by Hornell station WLEA, the event was designed to feature community services provided by St. James Mercy and encourage donations to support the Hospital. SJMH staff Diane Griffin, Bonnie Button, and Patricia Uldrich participated in the live broadcast, providing information to listeners on the Lifeline personal emergency response system, Diabetes Self-Management program, and Behavioral Health services.
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  Bill Moran, Sylvia Bryant, Bill Peisher

"Diamonds & Denim" Charity Event Raises Over $26,000 for St. James Mercy Foundation
The 2nd annual "Diamonds & Denim" charity event to benefit St. James Mercy Foundation was held Saturday, October 8, at the Hornell Golf Club, and raised over $26,000. More than 100 guests gathered for an evening of casual dining and dancing to the music of Nik Lite. A silent charity auction, brought together by event co-chairs and Foundation board members Beverly Gilbert and Lisa Schwartz, featured goods and services donated by 60 local merchants.

According to Sylvia Bryant, Foundation Executive Director, "Diamonds & Denim" has become a new local tradition. "Now in its second year, ‘Diamonds & Denim’ offers a fun evening out with friends for a good cause. Proceeds raised at the event provide direct support to St. James Mercy Hospital for equipment purchases including digital mammography, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, adult day programs, and other vital services."
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LPGA Corning Classic Honors Pledge to Area Hospitals: St. James Mercy Receives $9,300
St. James Mercy Hospital announced that it recently received $9,300 in proceeds from the LPGA Corning Classic golf tournament. Although the event was discontinued in 2009, Corning Classic Charities, Inc. pledged to continue disbursing charitable funds through 2011, with the final $250,000 distributed in September.

Caption: Jack Benjamin, president of Corning Classic Charities, Inc. presents a $9,300 check to Sylvia Bryant, executive director of St. James Mercy Foundation. The funds will be used to support women’s health care programs.
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  LPGA Corning Classic Honors Pledge to Area Hospitals

St. James Mercy Foundation Gearing Up for 2nd Annual "Diamonds & Denim" Event
All are welcome to attend St. James Mercy Foundation’s 2nd annual "Diamonds & Denim" charity event on Saturday, October 8 at Hornell Golf Club, from 7:00 pm – 1:00 am. This casual evening features tapas dining, live music by Nik Lite, dancing, silent auction, and a chance to win a pair of blue diamond earrings, courtesy of McHenry Jewelers. All proceeds from the evening benefit St. James Mercy Foundation.

"Last year’s first annual ‘Diamonds & Denim’ event was very successful," said event co-chair and Foundation Board member Beverly Gilbert. "Over 100 people attended, and after expenses we raised nearly $9,000 for the Hospital. We are expecting even greater results this year."
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  Diamonds and Denim

St. James Mercy Foundation presents the 2nd annual 2011 "Diamonds & Denim"
Save the date – Saturday, October 8th, 2011.
An evening featuring tapas dining, live music by Nik Lite, dancing, charity raffle – and a chance to win a diamond necklace!
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  Diamonds and Denim

Hospital Auxiliary Donates $28,000 to St. James Mercy Foundation
Members of the St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary gathered on Tuesday, June 21, at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the annual Auxiliary Appreciation luncheon to celebrate a milestone in their history with St. James Mercy Hospital. This year’s annual gift by the Auxiliary to St. James Mercy Foundation of $28,000 represents the largest single-year contribution in the Auxiliary’s history, which spans 107 years.

In presenting the check to SJMH president and CEO Mary LaRowe, Auxiliary chair Nancy Bartell acknowledged the hard work and persistence of all Auxiliary members in making possible such a generous contribution. "Auxiliary members are always there to step up and support a variety of activities and events, from the annual Christmas Bazaar and Food Fair to volunteering in the Aquinas Gift Shops," said Bartell. "We are pleased to be able to support the hospital and our community in this tangible and effective way."

In accepting the check, LaRowe acknowledged the organization’s effectiveness over the years in supporting quality healthcare for the greater Hornell community. "Since its founding in 1904, the Hospital Auxiliary has been St. James Mercy’s most generous and persistent donor," said LaRowe. "Without their support and volunteerism, the hospital would not be so well positioned to provide compassionate, accessible care to patients and residents."
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  Hospital Auxiliary Donates $28,000 to St. James Mercy Foundation

8th Annual "Friends Fore Mercy" Golf Tournament
Raises Record $31,700 for St. James Mercy Foundation
The 8th annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament to benefit St. James Mercy Foundation raised a record $31,700 at the event held Friday, June 10, at Twin Hickory Golf Club. Thirty-six teams and fifty sponsors participated in this year’s tournament, as well as twenty-three volunteers from the hospital and community. The Foundation provides resources to benefit St. James Mercy Hospital, and all proceeds from the golf tournament will directly benefit Hospital equipment and program needs.

"The ‘Friends Fore Mercy’ golf tournament has become something of a community tradition, and this year’s event was a great success," said Sylvia Bryant, Foundation Executive Director. "As always, the Hornell community delivered a strong show of support for the golf tournament, which is one of our major fundraising events. All of us at St. James Mercy are grateful for such a strong show of support from our sponsors and players, as well as Hospital staff and volunteers."
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  2011 Golf Tournament

Comfort Rooms Offer New Treatment Options in Behavioral Health:
SJM Foundation Provides Support for Enhanced Patient Care
With the help of the St. James Mercy Foundation, St. James Mercy Hospital is taking a step forward in enhancing inpatient behavioral health services.

The Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a gift of $11,000 to the hospital for outfitting three "comfort rooms," one in the adolescent psychiatric care unit and two in the adult unit. The new treatment space in the adolescent unit opened in early March, and the new adult facilities will come online at the end of the year, as part of renovations currently underway.

"SJM Hospital is always seeking ways to improve the quality of patient outcomes," said Mary LaRowe, President and CEO. "As one of the only providers of inpatient behavioral health services in the Southern Tier, the addition of dedicated comfort rooms puts us ahead of the curve in terms of preventative treatment."
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  Comfort Rooms for Behavioral Science

Arkport Artist Partners with St. James Mercy
The connection between St. James Mercy Hospital and the Pullman family stretches from the legacy of the late Dr. James Pullman, a long-time family practitioner in Hornell, to the creation more recently, in 2005, of the Pullman Women’s Health and Birthing Center.

Now, Arkport, NY artist, Jay Pullman, is drawing another line of connection. Starting this month, Pullman is exhibiting a series of prints in the medical offices of Drs. Adrian Ashdown, Robert Whelpley, and Virginia Shephard, in the Elm Street (Hornell) Clinic. All the prints are for sale, and the artist has generously pledged to donate sale proceeds to the St. James Mercy Foundation.
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Artist Jay Pullman partners with St. James Mercy

St. James Mercy Foundation Appoints New Executive Director
St. James Mercy Foundation announced the appointment of Sylvia Bryant as Executive Director, effective January 18.

Ms. Bryant will oversee all philanthropic initiatives and programs for St. James Mercy Foundation including grants appropriation, major gifts solicitation, campaign planning, and special events. She has held a variety of senior-level philanthropic positions, most recently as Executive Director, University Advancement at Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), where she directed a comprehensive campaign for capital projects, endowments, and annual giving.
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Sylvia Bryant as Executive Director


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