Spring Ball Proceeds to Fund Emergency Department Capital Improvements and Equipment

SUFFERN, N.Y. (March 14, 2011) – The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation announces the Crystal Ball – its annual Spring Ball – will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Rockleigh Country Club, in Rockleigh, N.J.  This special night will honor recipients of both the Good Samaritan Hospital’s prestigious Sister Joseph Rita Award for Medical Excellence and the annual Good Samaritan Hospital Medal of Honor.  Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this affair are currently available.

As the community’s premier black-tie event, this year’s ball is paying tribute to two people that have made significant impacts to the region’s healthcare.  Honored with the Sister Joseph Rita Award for Medical Excellence will be Leon Harris, M.D., who serves as Director of Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. Local philanthropist Tess McCormack-Raso will also be honored with the Good Samaritan Hospital Medal of Honor.  She will be recognized for her valuable volunteerism and leadership roles at healthcare facilities throughout Rockland County.

Past proceeds from the Spring Ball have been used for capital improvements and equipment purchases in order to open the Active International Cardiovascular Institute and modernize the post-anesthesia care unit of Good Samaritan Hospital.  This year, the 2011 Spring Ball will raise funds for improvements to the hospital’s Emergency Department.  The Emergency Department is planning additional structural changes to speed patient flow, and acquisition of state-of-the-art triage equipment to ensure optimal patient care.

“The Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department remains a high-priority focus for us as improvements here truly affect the entire community,” said Philip A. Patterson, CEO of BSCHS.  “It’s very fitting that we honor two key people – Leon and Tess – that have had a significant impact on the excellence in care that is provided to the Lower Hudson Valley.  The annual Spring Ball has become a terrific social season venue for honoring those that make our community a better place.”

The Spring Ball begins at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails.  Dinner and the awards program follow at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $400 per person and $4,000 for a table of 10.  Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,800 to $25,000, and event journal advertisements range from $50 to $2,000.  Tickets, event journal ads and sponsorships may be purchased by contacting the Foundation Office of the Good Samaritan Foundation at (845) 368-5151,, or visiting the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Web site at

This year’s Spring Ball Committee is co-chaired by Kathy Medici and Janetlee Pillitteri, and Joseph R. Lagana is the Journal Chair.  All are on the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation board.  Corporate sponsors of the Spring Ball are MedExcel, Provident Bank and Ramapo Anesthesiologists. 

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

The Bon Secours Charity Health System includes Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., a regional medical center, and two community hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y.  Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  The Bon Secours Charity Health System draws its name from the two Catholic orders that jointly sponsor the system: The Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.  For more information, visit

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