Presence Medical Center Recognizes Tricia Simpson at Fundraiser

The Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center 24th annual gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 4 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook. This year’s gala, themed “Havana Nights,” will be co-chaired by Lori and Jay Bergman and Michele and Tom Vana. The gala will feature Cuban cuisine and libations, live Latin music, dancing, raffles as well as silent and live auctions.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the PSJMC’s expanding cardiac care program with a new rapid diagnostic chest pain unit. “The chest pain unit will be a critical component to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s comprehensive heart and vascular care program that offers Joliet area residents advanced treatments and exceptional emergency heart care,” said Gala Co-chair and President and CEO of Kurtz Ambulance, Tom Vana.

“The proceeds will further help us create a specialized, comforting environment for cardiac patients, where they can relax while members of the specially trained CPU team use accelerated diagnosis protocols, pathways and equipment to make an appropriate and quicker diagnosis,” Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center President Robert J. Erickson.

The Founders Awards will be presented at the gala and will honor Orland Park resident, William J. Farrell, MD, MBA, Orthopaedic Surgeon of Parkview Orthopaedic Group and Frankfort resident, Tricia L. Simpson Manager, Midwest Public Affairs and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. The Founders’ Award, inspired by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, is the Medical Center’s highest recognition. Dr. Farrell and Ms. Simpson will be formally recognized at the gala.

This event is being presented by Kurtz Ambulance Service and MK Orthopaedics Surgery and Rehabilitation. Tickets are $300 for more information regarding the event, contact Ashley Wagner at or 815.725.7133, ext. 3042, or visit



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