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Stephanie Armstrong-Helton

Local Cancer Patients Benefit from Kearns Family Generosity
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Port Huron, MI...The Fifth Annual Betty Kearns Little Black Dress event, held in early March 2011 during CelticFest, boasted another sell-out crowd and terrific success in raising breast cancer awareness. St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is pleased to accept a gift of $9,512 from the event to benefit Mercy Regional Cancer Center (MRCC) Breast Cancer patients.

The 2011 contribution was presented in the Mercy Cancer Resource Center. Seated next to Carolyn Bonacci, daughter of Betty Kearns, is St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron President & CEO Peter Karadjoff, FACHE, who holds a memorial portrait of Betty Kearns. Also pictured are other representatives of the Kearns family and St. Joseph Mercy, include (from left): Maureen MacCallum, Jackie MacKensen and Brenda Miller, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator.

The MRCC used its 2010 contribution to develop the Mercy Cancer Resource Center in memorial of Betty Kearns. This beautifully appointed and spacious area offers cancer patients access to free wigs, literature and health and beauty information. The center is also utilized each month to host the Look Good...Feel Better sessions sponsored by the American Cancer Society. In addition to their financial contribution, the Kearns family also donated a number of stylish wigs to the resource center for distribution to cancer patients this year.

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is proud to be a recipient of this important community event designed to raise breast cancer awareness. For more information regarding the Mercy Regional Cancer Center and breast cancer services, visit St. Joseph Mercy online at:; or call toll-free: 1-888-MERCYME. You're also invited to check St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron out on facebook, and follow us on twitter.

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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 119-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided the "Gold Seal of Approval". SJMPH's cancer program was named "best in cancer care" and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. St. Joseph Mercy is only the second hospital in the state of Michigan to offer access to partial knee robotic surgery and is the only hospital in the entire Thumb region to provide specialized services for seniors in need of emergency department treatment. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb Region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:

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