Mercy Field Ranked Among Nation's Best Ball Fields
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM --Mercy
Mercy Field: Partnership involving Mercy, Central Catholic, Lourdes University, Cleves Delp, and Diocese ranked among nation’s best ball fields
Toledo, OH - Mercy Field, a unique partnership involving Mercy, Central Catholic, Lourdes University, benefactor Cleves Delp and the Diocese of Toledo, has been honored by the National High School Baseball Association as one of the eight best baseball fields in the nation.
Mercy Field is also in the running for higher national honors. The National High School Baseball Association will bring the top eight regional winners together in December 2013 to award the National Field of the Year.
Cleves Delp, Chairman and CEO of Maumee-based TDC Companies, brought together the Toledo area’s four largest Catholic institutions to organize the field that opened in 2012.
“Cleves Delp’s’ enthusiasm is contagious,’’ said Megan Manahan, Mercy regional vice president for marketing and communications. “We’ve been very pleased with the visibility we’ve received. We’ve had a great relationship.”
Cleves Delp also helped to secure land from the Diocese of Toledo so Central Catholic High School and Lourdes University would have a state-of-the-art baseball complex. Mercy became the named sponsor due to the field’s mission of promoting Mercy’s wellness goals and in order to increase awareness of Mercy’s brand.
“Mercy gets a lot of exposure by having its name on the field along with the large roadside signage,’’ Manahan said. “Mercy also has access to the field for events.’’
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo’s first hospital built in 1855, is across the street from Central Catholic, where Delp played baseball as a high school student. Both organizations share a commitment to enhancing the central city community.
“I would say Cleves is very personable and has a lot of enthusiasm for things he’s passionate about,’’ Manahan said. “That makes Cleves Delp a conduit to bring people together.’’
“Bringing together a region’s Catholic healthcare provider, a Diocese, a Catholic high school and a Catholic university is typically a unique partnership,” noted Manahan. She explained that Delp had strong ties to each of the four Toledo Catholic institutions and showed each of the participants how they would benefit from the partnership.
Mercy is a seven hospital system and a preferred provider of healthcare services for a 20-county area in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. As a faith-based healthcare system, Mercy continues to honor its long standing mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities, with an emphasis on the underserved. Mercy demonstrates behaviors reflecting its core values of compassion, excellence, human dignity, justice, service, and sacredness of life.
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