Mercy Health Foundation to honor health advocates

BOARDMAN — The Mercy Health Foundation-Mahoning Valley will recognize three advocates who have increased access to health care in the area. The event will be noon Wednesday at Boardman Park-Lariccia Community Center in Boardman.

Dr. Chander Kohli, a local neurosurgeon, will receive the Heart of the Mission Award, given to an individual who emulates the mission of Mercy Health to provide care to the poor and underserved. He will also be recognized for his contributions to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Ashlee Mauti, director of marketing at Covelli Enteprises, will be given the Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health Award for her involvement in the “Panerathon,” a 10K/2 mile walk/run that also benefits the breast care center. According to Jonathon Fauvie of Mercy Health public relations, the event is the largest fundraiser in the Mahoning Valley.

Ellen Ford, director of community outreach for Mercy Health Youngstown, will receive the Continuing the Legacy Award, given to an individual who continues the legacy of the sisters of the poor. Ford’s work covers several areas, including Hispanic and immigrant health care.

The event also will recognize donors who are part of the 1911 Foundresses’ Circle.