Mercy Health Foundation Recognizes Three Individuals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley recognized three individuals at its 8th Annual Health Care Visionary Awards Wednesday at the Lariccia Community Center at Boardman Park.

Each year, the Foundation recognizes two individuals, one internal to Mercy Health and one external, who have significantly impacted health care and health outcomes in the Valley.

For 2018, three individuals were recognized with the addition of a “Continuing the Legacy” award that pays homage to its founding Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

This year’s Heart of the Mission award was given to Dr. Chander Kohli, neurosurgeon at Mercy Health Youngstown.

In his 45 years of serving the community, Kohli has served patients in the Valley and committed himself to medical education with his leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He continues to serve as a mentor for physicians across the country and throughout the region in the specialty of neurosurgery. Kohli has also spent his career as a founding member of the India Association of Greater Youngstown.

The Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health award was given to Ashlee Mauti, director of Marketing at Covelli Enterprises.

In her oversight for all things marketing, Mauti has spent much time and energy helping local community programs such as Toy-for-Tots, Potential Development, the Rich Center for Autism and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, as she is the coordinator of the annual Panerathon.

The Continuing the Legacy award was given to Ellen Ford, director of community outreach for Mercy Health.

Her dedication to the Mercy Health ministry for 39 years has allowed her to plan and implement programs that focus on the under-served and minority population throughout the community. As Ford continues to lead her team of educators and clinical staff, their concentration on changing the way those who are often overlooked access care, has been the motivation and ambition behind so many of Mercy Health’s community outreach programming which serve thousands of residents annually.

“These 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.”

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

Pictured: Donald Kline, CEO of Mercy Health, Paul Homick Jr.,  Mercy Health Foundation president, and award winners Ellen Ford, Dr. Chander Kohli and Ashlee Mauti.

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