Mercy Health Perrysburg Announces New President
Alison Avendt has joined Mercy Health as the President of Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital. Avendt previously served as the chief operating officer at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. Andrea Gwyn, who was serving as both the president of Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital and Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital, will focus only on St. Anne Hospital. Of her new position, Avendt said, “I am grateful to Mercy Health for the support and compassion they have shown to our St. Luke’s employees and our community and I am thrilled to join the Mercy Health – Perrysburg family!”
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Congrats to the Greater Toledo Community Foundation as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Funding Futures.” In honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary, GTCF hosted a concert series with four performances, and sponsored a special book written by Jennifer Feehan documenting the history of the organization. For more information about the foundation, the anniversary or the special edition book, visit 50yearsfortoledo.com or toledocf.org.
Leading Families Home Opens Emergency Family Shelter
Leading Families Home, an organization committed to helping those faced with homelessness, opened a new overflow emergency shelter, Beach House Ashland. The space, which can accommodate up to 75 additional individuals facing homelessness, will greatly impact the growing list of families seeking emergency shelter in Lucas County. Located at 2283 Ashland Ave., Beach House Ashland has opportunities to sponsor a room at the facility. lfhtoledo.org/beach-house-ashland.
Toledo Library Wins Prestigious National Medal
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library won a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This prestigious award, which had 15 U.S. libraries as finalists, was bestowed upon four winners nationwide, including the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. The IMLS dedicates itself to supporting U.S. archival institutions and has presented this award to exemplary institutions since 1996. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said, “At a time when libraries and librarians nationwide are under attack, with efforts to ban books, restrict free speech and endanger these upstanding civil servants, I am proud to see a community staple such as the Toledo Lucas County Public Library receive national recognition for their excellence.”