53rd Annual Mercury Ball
South Miami Hospital Celebrates Our Multicultural Community
Veronica Flores, executive vice president, and Bruce Wirtz MacArthur, board chair, of Mercury Ball Presenting Sponsor First National Bank of South Miami, and Susan MacArthur.

Gray Reed, Lincoln Mendez, CEO of South Miami Hospital, Mekey Mendez, and The Honorable Phillip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami.

Through a tapestry of rich colors, light and lively music, the Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami was transformed into a multicultural celebration for “Global Rhythm: Your World – Our Priority,” South Miami Hospital’s 53rd annual Mercury Ball. Hosting the March 2 event were South Miami Hospital Associates, business and community leaders who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fundraisers for the hospital, and South Miami Hospital Foundation.

The $450,000 that the gala raised will be used to support the modernization and renovation of South Miami Hospital’s Emergency Center, surgical suites, and imaging areas. The first phase of the project, which opened in January 2013, is a two-story addition that enhances the hospital’s ability to serve emergency and surgical patients. Building the final wing of the Emergency Center is expected to be completed in 2013.

Kerry Perez was chair of the Ball, and Mari and Romeo Majano, M.D., served as co-chairs. Ghassan Haddad, M.D., was honored as Person of the Year for his exceptional work in the field of medicine and his many contributions to South Miami Hospital and throughout the community. Luis “ Wicho” Hernandez was named 2013 Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year for his countless commitments to many philanthropic organizations, including South Miami Hospital Foundation.

The Mercury Ball was presented by First National Bank of South Miami. Kidz Medical Services served as Title Sponsor. Other notable sponsors were Florida Heart Care, South Miami Criticare, Anesthesia Associates of South Florida, and South Miami Inpatient Physicians. For more information about supporting South Miami Hospital, which was named the No. 1 Hospital in South Florida in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, 2012-2013 contact Annie Martinez-Lopez at 786-662-8126 (Annam@baptisthhealth.net) or Laura Denoux at 786-467-5404 (lauraden@baptisthealth.net).

Guillermo Fernandez (far left) and Mickey Cerra (far right) of Link Construction; with Carli Hernandez of Linq Financial Group; and Wicho Hernandez, Baptist Health Foundation Board member and 2013 Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year.

Niberto Moreno,M.D., Baptist Health Medical Group, and Gilda Moreno, with Mercury Ball co-chairs Romeo Majano, M.D., of Florida Heart Care, LLC, and Mari Majano.

Zeina and Ghassan Haddad, M.D., 2013 Person of the Year, with their daughters, Yasmina and Yara.

Mercury Ball chair Kerry Perez, with Baptist Health Foundation Board member Jorge Perez, M.D., of Title Sponsor Kidz Medical Services.

Pam and Yerby Barker, South Miami Hospital Board chair and Baptist Health Foundation Board member.

Jim Brennan, president of South Miami Hospital Associates, and Maria Vacca Brennan.

Wayne Brackin, chief operating officer, Baptist Health South Florida, with Yvonne Johnson, M.D., South Miami Hospital medical staff president, and Al Johnson.

Alice and Ismael Roque-Velasco, M.D., chief administrative officer, Riviera Health Resort.

Susan and Michael Meister, M.D., representing Anesthesia Associates of Greater Miami, P.A.

Marjorie and Jeremy Tabak, M.D., representing Pulmonary Group of South Florida.

Joseph R. Buchanan, Esq., South Miami Hospital Foundation Board chair, with Leslie Buchanan, trustee, Dunpaugh-Dalton Foundation.

South Miami Hospital Board Members Alyse Herman, M.D., and Yvette R. Aleman.

Marcy and Harry Aldrich, M.D., of Florida Heart Care LLC, with Ann Kaufmann and Jorge Gomez, M.D., of South Florida Perinatal Medicine.

Albert Tano, M.D., representing Mercury Ball Title Sponsor Kidz Medical Services, and Debbie Tano.

Orlando Roche, regional president for Miami-Dade County at Sabadell Bank & Trust, and Annerys Roche.

James Harris, Baptist Health Foundation Board chair emeritus; The Honorable Judge Robert L. Dubé, South Miami Hospital Board member, and Stephen Parsons, CEO, Baptist Health Foundation.

Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., and Dorcas Gonzalez.

James Harris, Baptist Health Foundation Board chair emeritus, and Kathy Harris.

South Miami Associates treasurer, Charles Miller, and his wife, Gabriela.

Jonathan Messinger, M.D., and his wife Alyse, with Shaun Samuels, M.D., and his wife Sharon, representing Radiology Associates of South Florida.

South Miami Associate JoAnn Young and Jerrold Young, M.D., Baptist Health Foundation Board member, with Patricia Birch, South Miami Associate.

Pictured from far left to far right past South Miami Hospital Person of the Year Honorees along with 2013 Person of the Year Ghassan Haddad, M.D. (center): Ian Reiss,M.D.; Nathan Hirsch, M.D.; Wayne Brackin; Joseph Traina, M.D.; The Honorable Robert L. Dubé; Jorge Perez, M.D.; Orlando Leon, M.D.; Yerby Barker; Kathy Sparger, R.N.; Ricardo Estape, M.D.; Jorge Rabaza, M.D.; and James Stewart, M.D.

Mercury Ball chair Kerry Perez, with Vicky Rabaza, and Natasha Ludwig.

Mercury Ball Committee members pictured from far left to far right: JoAnn Young; Annie Perez; Debbie Tano; Mari Majano, Mercury Ball co-chair along with Romeo Majano, M.D. (not pictured); Kerry Perez, Mercury Ball chair; Alyse Messinger; Patricia Birch; and Vicky Rabaza.

Annie Martinez-Lopez, Esq. South Miami Hospital Foundation development officer, and Juan Carlos Lopez.

Allie Garcia-Serra, M.D. and Syavash Farahmandi.

Jhonny Salomon, M.D., and Lori St. John.

South Miami Hospital Board Member and representing South Miami OB/Gyn Associates, LLC, Nathan Hirch, M.D. and his wife, Kathleen.