Sunday announcements, April 27

Girl Scouts recruiting troops

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is recruiting girls for Girl Scout daisy troops for this upcoming fall.

Parents with girls interested in joining Scouts are to register for the summer program.

Cost to register is $25, which covers membership through September 2015. A program magazine is to be mailed out and completed over the summer. Scouts are to be able to attend a program Sept. 20 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Financial assistance is available for families that qualify.

For more information, email or call (800) 852-4474.

Golf scramble to benefit youths

The Tiffin Community YMCA’s seventh annual Swing for Kids Golf Scramble is at 7:30 a.m. with registration and event at 8:30 a.m. May 17 at Seneca Hills Golf Course.

Golfing is $50 per person or $200 per team.

For more information, contact Eric Slosser at (419) 447-8711 or email

Vaccines important for children

The CDC recommends children are vaccinated against 16 infectious diseases, including measles, mumps, German measles, chickenpox, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, flu, Hib infections and pneumococcal diseases. Vaccines are the best defense against many diseases, which often result in complications such as pneumonia, meningitis, liver cancer, bloodstream infections and even death.

Vaccines are given to children at a young age because that is the time when they are most vulnerable to certain diseases. Newborn babies are born with some immunity that they get from their mother, but this lasts only a few months. If a child is not vaccinated and is exposed to a disease germ, the child’s body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Before vaccines, many children died from these diseases they now can be protected against.

Immunizing individual children also helps to protect the health of the community, especially for people who cannot be vaccinated.

The numbers of children that are disabled or dying from certain infectious diseases like flu, polio, meningitis, liver disease, pneumonia, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, can be a thing of the past with the number of vaccines that are available at the local Health Department and physician’s offices.

For more information or to see if your child is up-to-date in their vaccine series, call the Seneca County General Health District at (419) 447-3691 or (419) 435-6673.

Gala raises $31,000 for foundation

Supporters of the Mercy Tiffin Foundation came together for the annual fundraiser, “Wild, Wild West” April 5 at the St. Mary gymnasium in Tiffin. The foundation raised more than $31,000 from the event.

“We are extremely grateful to all who made our event a great success,” said Bernie Steinmetz, manager of development, donor relations and volunteers. “Our committee members worked hard to turn the gym into a scene from the old west and our supporters enjoyed a wonderful evening.”

Clouse Construction Corp. was the platinum sponsor; Aris Teleradiology, Anthony and Lucia Lupica and Webster Foundation were gold sponsors; and Heidelberg University, Gary and Jane Heminger, Integrated Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Laminate Technologies, Lind Media Corp., Reineke Family Dealerships and Tiffin University were silver sponsors. Live auction donors included Charles and Patty Cole, Coppus Motors, Jeffrey Jewelry, Mountain Man Tradin Post, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin and John and Sandy Schultz.

“We thank all who contributed to the success of our fundraiser,” said Marsha Danhoff, president and CEO of the Mercy Tiffin Foundation. “The support of our community is extremely important in keeping the Foundation healthy and insuring that Mercy Tiffin Hospital is able to provide the quality and compassionate health care that area residents expect.”

Mercy Foundation honors donors

The Mercy Tiffin Foundation honored donors at the annual Donor Appreciation Celebration April 12.

“It was a pleasure for us to have the opportunity to recognize those whose contributions are so important to our hospital,” said Lynn Detterman, Mercy rural division president and CEO. “Donated funds are more important than ever today and we are fortunate to have generous and caring donors who value quality healthcare in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Bernie Steinmetz, manager of development, donor relations and volunteers, served as master of ceremonies for the event and welcomed guests. Rich Traunero, vice chair of the Mercy Tiffin Foundation Board of Trustees, thanked those in attendance.

Detterman and Steinmetz presented Dale Thornton with the 2014 Mother Mary Bernardine McMullen Leadership Award. This award was established in the spirit of Mother Mary Bernardine McMullen, who demonstrated admirable leadership skills with the establishment of Mercy Tiffin Hospital in 1913.

Marsha Danhoff, president and CEO of the Mercy Tiffin Foundation, nominated Thornton and gave a speech in a pre-recorded message as she was unable to attend the event.

Mercy lab dept. accredited

Mercy Tiffin Hospital’s Laboratory Department has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The laboratory’s manager, Pam Kin, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated. Mercy Tiffin is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.