Congratulations to Crouse Hospital’s Chief of Surgery Herb Mendel, MD, and his wife Ilene Mendel, who were honored today with the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The presentation is made annually to someone who best exemplifies Crouse values and makes a difference in the lives of others.
In presenting the award, Crouse Hospital Auxiliary Director Nancy Bottar noted that, “Individually, and together as a couple, they have a passion and respect for others, a love of family and faith, thankfulness for the blessing of good friends, professional skills that make a difference in the lives of others and a desire to give back to the community.”
Dr. Mendel, a partner in CNY Surgical Associates, has served in many capacities as a member of the Crouse Hospital medical staff, serving as Vice President and then President of the medical staff and on its Executive Committee; as a member of the Institutional Review Board; as chairperson and member of the Medical Quality Cost Management committee; and as a member of the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Directors since 2000.
Ilene Feldman Mendel is a Syracuse native whose volunteer accomplishments are many and reflect her commitment to community, children and making a difference in the lives of others. Mrs. Mendel has been a member in good standing of the Crouse Hospital Auxiliary since 1994, and served on its board of directors for six years and its executive board for four of those years.
The Fayetteville-Manlius school district has been the beneficiary of Mrs. Mendel's leadership and dedication to education for a number of years. She was elected four times to the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education, and served on its finance, audit, community relations, and policy committees. She was elected vice president by the board three years consecutively. She was appointed and served six years on the Parents Advisory Council on Gifted Education. Mrs. Mendel was also a board member of the F-M Education Foundation for six years. She has served in many other key roles in the F-M district, and has been a member of the Onondaga Medical Society Alliance and served as a docent at the Everson Museum of Art.
Also honored at the Auxiliary's annual meeting were Gloria Mandly, who received the Special Recognition Award, and Carol Nuzzo, a Crouse Hospital School of Nursing student, who was presented with the Distinguished Service Scholarship Award.