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St. James Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 170.5 Hours in September
October 10, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Hospital contributed 170.5 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of September. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during September:

  • Joan Brown
  • Katelyn Oyer
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Peg Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Cassandra Robbers
  • Mirra Robbers
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Aurelie Gurtner
St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.

New Foundation Executive Director Appointed at St. James
May 24, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Hospital and Foundation announced the appointment of Linda Blauers as Executive Director of the Foundation, effective May 15.

Ms. Blauers will also assume responsibilities for the communications and marketing functions for the hospital. She has served the hospital as Public Relations Specialist for the past 13 years, as well as St. James Mercy Foundation Fund Coordinator for the last few years.

According to Leo Brideau, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "Linda’s deep knowledge of the community and her tremendous skills in communication and relationship building will serve St. James well, and more importantly, will provide great support to St. James’ efforts to serve the people of the Hornell area."

"There is so much optimism surrounding the building of a new hospital," said Ms. Blauers, it is an honor for me to take on this new and exciting role. St. James is such a valued part of our community, I look forward to helping build partnerships and enhancing relationships that will strengthen the Foundation and the hospital to the benefit of area residents.

St. James Mercy Hospital Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
May 2, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 2, 2018 as "Health Care Auxilian Day" in New York State. St. James Mercy Hospital is joining hospitals across the state in recognizing the dedicated auxilian volunteers who annually donate countless hours of service to their health care facilities and communities.

Founded in 1904, St. James Mercy’s Auxiliary volunteers thousands of hours each year toward fundraising and community service projects. Through their past fundraising efforts, Auxiliary members have purchased much-needed equipment for the Hospital’s physical therapy and emergency departments, supported renovations the Hospital Lobby and the former McAuley Manor nursing home. Nursing scholarships were also made available through the support of these dedicated Auxilians. The Auxiliary manages the gift shop at the Hospital, as well as coordinates events to benefit the hospital including book fairs, Trees of Life program, uniform sales, food festivals and holiday bazaars. To date, the Auxiliary has contributed approximately $750,000 to support St. James Mercy Hospital.

According to Leo Brideau, Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "The Auxiliary makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission – to provide a full range of services that support healthy communities, including quality medical care and holistic approaches to healing body, spirit and mind. These volunteers often work behind the scenes to provide comfort and support to patients, families and staff. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated and talented group, committed to serving the many needs of people who come to us for care."

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.

St. James Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary Hosts Italian Food Festival April 13
April 4, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is once again hosting its annual Italian Food Festival and Bake Sale, formerly known as the Food Fair, on Friday, April 13 in the Hospital Lobby. The bake sale begins at 7:30 a.m. and the hot food is served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The menu includes Pasta Salad, Special Italian Sauce, Sausage with Peppers and Onions Subs, Meatball Subs, Chicken Wings, and Stuffed Shells, all very reasonably priced!

Attendees will also be able to purchase tickets for the five raffle items offered at this year’s event. Raffle items include a $100 Flower Pot ($100 in Cash), a Lottery Ticket Welcome Sign ($100 face value on tickets), a Garden Wheelbarrow Planter (donated by SJMH Aquinas Gift Shop), and a Wine Basket (donated by SJMH Administration). Raffle tickets are $1 each or ten for $5. There will also be a 50/50 cash drawing and these tickets are $1 each. All drawings will take place at the conclusion of the afternoon event, and participants need not be present to win.

The proceeds of this event will benefit St. James Mercy Hospital, please come join us...don’t let Friday the 13th keep you at home!

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.

"Beat the Blues" Event Raises Record $48,000+ for SJM Foundation
March 22, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

220 people packed The Main Place to raise record funds for the St. James Mercy Foundation on Saturday, February 17 at its 2nd annual "Beat the Blues" charity event. The event, which raised more than $48,000 for the Foundation, featured dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the live music of The Orient Express from Victor, NY.

"Beat the Blues was a tremendous success," said St. James Mercy Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz. "Exciting things are happening in Hornell and at St. James Mercy Hospital, and it’s extremely gratifying to see such a high level of support for – and confidence in – the organization."

Foundation Executive Director Dustin Hewit said that support was evident among individuals and business leaders who sponsored the event.

"Our sponsors made Beat the Blues possible once again this year, and we are extremely grateful for their support," Hewit said. "This event, our Foundation, and indeed, the Hospital as a whole, has momentum, and that’s not something you can create for yourself."

The following organizations/businesses provided key sponsorship support:

UR Medicine

Elderwood of Hornell
Simmons-Rockwell Ford
Steuben Trust Company
ER Select
Razak Associates

Harris Beach Attorneys at Law/HB Cornerstone
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

St. James Mercy Hospital Medical Staff

Brian Schu, Attorney
City of Hornell

Bob Blauers-Remax
Maple City Savings
LeChase Construction

Hornell IDA
Hornell Partners for Growth
Howard Hanna
Maple City Discount Liquor & Wine

Contributions from John Carbone of The Main Place, as well as Mike Doyle of Pleasant Valley Winery, helped make the food and beverage selections top-notch.

The 2018 Beat the Blues planning committee included:

  • Kathy Dessena
  • Jesse Ells
  • Steve Peck
  • Lisa Schwartz
  • Lynn White

A complete listing of the businesses and individuals who donated auction items may be found by visiting the Foundation’s "Beat the Blues" web page at For more information about supporting the Foundation, contact Dustin Hewit at 607-324-8233.

Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz and SJMH Chief Nursing Officer
Neva Bossard
Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz and SJMH Chief Nursing Officer Neva Bossard display one of the live auction items.

Maninder Virdee and Foundation Board Member Jesse Ells
Maninder Virdee and Foundation Board Member Jesse Ells check out the Silent Auction items.

14th Annual "Friends Fore Mercy" Golf Tournament Raises $36,000+ for St. James Mercy Foundation
September 21, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The 14th annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament to benefit St. James Mercy Foundation raised more than $36,000 at the event held Friday, September 8, at Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell. Twenty-eight teams and thirty-one sponsors participated in this year’s tournament, as well as twenty-four 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 the transformation of healthcare services in Hornell.

"We’re very appreciative of the continued support this tournament receives and the dollars raised each year," said Dustin Hewit, Foundation Executive Director. "As we move forward with our plans for the construction of our new Hospital, we’re hopeful the community will continue to show its steadfast support for local healthcare services here at St. James Mercy Hospital."

Winning Teams of the Golf Tournament
Team Simmons Rockwell Ford (left) won 1st Place Mixed Team with a score of 61, and Team Clark Oil took 1st Place with a score of 58 at the St. James Mercy Foundation’s annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament at the September 8th event at Twin Hickory Golf Club.

This year’s "Friends Fore Mercy" title sponsor was Steuben Trust Company, along with a number of other sponsors: ALSTOM Transportation, Doyle Security, Razak Associates, UR Medicine, Bob Blauers-Remax, Big Fox & Kickin Country, Marsh USA, and SJMH Medical Staff. Simmons Rockwell Ford offered a hole-in-one prize with an opportunity to win $500 in cash. Additional sponsors and prize donors are below.

Additional funds were raised with three contests and drawings for $500 Visa Gift Card donated by SJMH President’s Council (won by Abby Harkin); Syracuse University Basketball Tickets donated by Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer (won by Jessica Patton); Samsung Galaxy Tab (won by Vivian Woodworth) also donated by Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer; and a Remote Car Starter (won by Kathy Woodworth). Shawn Griffin won the 50/50 cash raffle which he donated back to the Foundation.

With a score of 58, the first-place team, Clark Oil included Nate Clark, Tony Dickson, Pete Peters, and Nick Clark. First-place mixed team from Simmons Rockwell with a score of 61 included Lisa Schwartz, Roger Payne, Pierre Meldrum, and Michael Sciotti. Women’s closest to the pin was won by Jen Sullivan and men’s closest to the pin by Pete Peters. Women’s longest drive was won by Kate Kreger and men’s longest drive by Tony Dickson.

"We are grateful to the many sponsors and players for the annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament, as well as Hospital staff and volunteers who worked diligently to make it a great success," said Hewit.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Title Sponsor – $3,000
  • Steuben Trust Company
Dinner Sponsor – $2,500
  • Alstom Transportation
Club Social Sponsor – $2,000
  • Doyle Security
  • Razak Associates
  • URMC
Cart Sponsor – $1,500
  • Bob Blauers, Remax
Gold Sponsor – $1,000
  • Big Fox & Kickin’ Country
  • Marsh USA
  • Siemens
  • SJMH Medical Staff
Hole in One Sponsor – $1,000
  • Simmons Rockwell Ford
Player Gift Sponsor – $750
  • SJMH Hospital Board
Door Prize Sponsor – $750
  • Excellus
Lunch Sponsor – $750
  • Sodexo
19th Hole Sponsor – $750
  • HB Cornerstone
Breakfast Sponsor – $500
  • ER Select
Silver Sponsor – $500
  • Key Insurance & Benefits Services
Hole Sponsor – $250
  • Bonadio Group
  • City of Hornell
  • GMI
  • HPG
  • Herbert & Son Contracting
  • IBC Engineering
  • Main Place
  • Maple City Dodge
  • Maple City Savings
  • Dan & Florabel Porter
  • SJM Foundation Board
  • Southern Tier Credit Center
  • Wilkins RV
Prizes / Donations
  • Crickler Vending
  • SJMH President’s Council
  • Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer
  • Twin Hickory
  • Wegmans

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About the Foundation
The St. James Mercy Foundation is the charitable arm of St. James Mercy Hospital and is charged with raising funds to support the hospital and a variety of related healthcare services to the benefit of the greater Hornell community. Our mission directs all we do:

The St. James Mercy Foundation strives to provide resources to benefit the St. James Mercy Hospital, establishing programs that encourage a strong tradition of charitable giving in order to sustain and increase health care services in the region we serve, now and into the future.

Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has raised over $2.0 million in charitable gifts from sources including the annual campaign, memorial contributions and bequests, and support for events. A group of dedicated, local volunteers serves as the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Gifts to the Foundation provide support for the facilities and equipment, programs, and services that provide quality healthcare within our community. Donors may direct their gifts to a particular project or department or chose to direct their funds to the area of greatest need, as identified by hospital leadership. Please visit Make A Gift—Donate Online for information about how to contribute.

All gifts to the Foundation are tax- deductible. To optimize and appropriately account for your gift, we recommend that you consult your tax advisor or attorney.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns, or if I can provide more information about ways you can support the Foundation’s mission. Thank you for your support of and interest in the St. James Mercy Foundation.
Linda Blauers

Contact Us
Please contact the Foundation Office if you have any questions or would like more information about other gift giving opportunities at (607) 324-8146.


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