SMH to celebrate 51st Annual Mercury Ball with Brazilian Flair

By Lee Stephens….
On Saturday, March 5th, South Miami Hospital will celebrate its 51st annual Mercury Ball, “Paraiso Brasileiro – A Celebration of Color Music and Joy,” at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Hosted by the South Miami Hospital Associates, business and community leaders who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fundraisers for the hospital, the blacktie affair starts at 7 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and musical entertainment by Marty K’s Music Makers.

Chairing this year’s ball is Jim Brennan, along with Sylvia Sanchez Vegas and Steven Kang, M.D., as co-chairs.

Proceeds from the Mercury Ball will be used to renovate and expand South Miami Hospital’s emergency center, operating suites and imaging center. The two-story 84,000 square foot clinical expansion project will include a new emergency center with 28 treatment rooms, one trauma room, and a 12-bed Clinical Decision Unit. The second floor will have 12 state-of-the-art operating suites (with room for four more), 36 preand post-procedure rooms and a new central sterile processing area.

Additionally, the project will include imaging enhancements such as a new CT scanner and an administrative support area for Radiation Oncology.

Noted oncological surgeon Ricardo Estape, M.D., will be honored as Person of the Year, for his many contributions to the hospital, the community and the healthcare field. The event will host more than 500 guests, including top executives from leading corporations and community leaders.

Tables of 10 at $4,000, $5,000 and $7,000 are available, in addition to individual seats at $450. Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are also available.

South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health, the region’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. With more than 13,000 employees, Baptist Health is the area’s largest private employer. It also includes Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead and Mariners Hospitals, as well as Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

For information, call 786-596-6535 or email to

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