Mercy Health Foundation to Honor Schultis, Rossi

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley will honor James Schultis and Dr. Elena Rossi tomorrow at the 6th Annual Healthcare Visionary Awards luncheon at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Each year, the foundation recognizes two individuals who have significantly impacted health care and health outcomes in the Valley. This year’s Heart of the Mission award will be given to Schultis, retired Mercy Health executive who was critical in bringing the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and many other community health outreach programs to area residents. The Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health Award will be given to Rossi whose work at Akron Children’s Hospital and St. Elizabeth Youngstown and Boardman hospitals has significantly contributed to efforts to reduce infant mortality rates in the region.

“These two individuals embody the spirit of our Sisters of the Humility of Mary who established our hospital system, focusing on those less fortunate in our Valley,” said Paul Homick, president of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, in a prepared statement. “Their actions and works, both professionally and personally, have emphasized the need to address the needs of our communities from a population and public health perspective.”

The event also recognizes the 1911 Founders’ Circle contributors who annually support the programs the Mercy Health Foundation provides. The Circle is named after the year that St. Elizabeth Hospital opened its doors to Youngstown residents.

Pictured: James Schultis

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