Annual Mercury Ball to benefit programs and services at SMH

South Miami Hospital will celebrate its 53rd annual South Miami Hospital/Kidz Medical Services Mercury Ball, “Global Rhythm, Your World – Our Priority,” on Saturday, Mar. 2, at the JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way in Downtown Miami.

Kidz Medical Services is the Title Sponsor; Presenting Sponsor is First National Bank of South Miami. The event will be hosted by the South Miami Hospital Associates, a group of business and community leaders who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fundraisers for the hospital, and South Miami Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s fundraising arm.

More than 500 business and community leaders are expected at the black-tie affair that starts at 7 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to the rhythm of The Headliners.

Ball attendees will celebrate South Miami Hospital’s community involvement and its No. 1 Hospital in South Florida ranking by U.S News & World Report.

In addition, Ghassan G. Haddad, MD, chief of hospital medicine and director of hospitalist services at South Miami Hospital, will be honored as “Person of the Year” in recognition of his contributions to the hospital and the community.

“Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year,” Luis “Wicho” Hernandez, also will be recognized for his work in helping to identify and secure financial support for the foundation.

Kerry Perez is chair of the 2013 ball; Mari and Romeo Majano, MD, will serve as co-chairs.

Funds raised from the Mercury Ball will be used to modernize and expand South Miami Hospital’s Emergency Center, Surgical Suites and Imaging areas. A new Emergency Center and 16 state-of-the-art surgical suites are opening at the hospital in January. The two-story, $80 million addition is the first component of a master construction plan to enhance the hospital’s ability to serve patients.

Building the final wing of the Emergency Center, 36 pre- and post-operating rooms and a central sterile processing area is expected to be completed in 2013. Renovations to the hospital’s Imaging area will include installing an additional CT scanner and expanding Radiation Oncology’s administrative offices.

Tables of 10 are available at the $4,000, $7,000 and $10,000 levels; individual seats may be reserved for $450. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships or for more information, call 786-467-5400 or send email to

South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. In addition to South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

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