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Mayor Thomas Perciak, Strongsville, Receives Mighty Oak Award

December 28, 2011 04:58 PM

Caroline Fienga
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Thomas P. PerciakMiddleburg Heights, OH (Dec. 28, 2011) – Thomas P. Perciak was honored as the 2011 recipient of Southwest General’s prestigious Mighty Oak Award. Voted on by the Health System Board of Trustees, the award recognizes an individual for at least 10 years of service, during which the individual has made a significant contribution to Southwest General and exhibited outstanding leadership.

“It has been my pleasure to serve and represent the Southwest General family and it’s community residents for the past 15 years,” said Thomas P. Perciak, mayor, City of Strongsville. “I can only hope that my time and effort proved beneficial to all the patient care needs for our community residents. I am privileged to have received this prestigious award.”

For the past 15 years, Mr. Perciak served as chairman of the Southwest Community Health Foundation Board of Trustees. In May 2009, he received the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Midwest Region, Distinguished Philanthropist award, recognizing him for his many contributions to Southwest General and the community. Additionally, Southwest General named The Thomas P. Perciak Residential Hospice, located in Strongsville, after him as a result of the capital campaign orchestrated by Mr. Perciak.

“Tom’s skill as a consensus builder is outstanding, but he will be remembered equally for being a humble, unselfish and persevering leader,” said Thomas A. Selden, president and CEO, Southwest General. “We are honored to have had the privilege of working with Tom during his many years as chairman of our Foundation Board of Trustees. We have all benefitted from his skill and knowledge. Tom has set the standard for all to emulate, and is certainly worthy of receiving the prestigious Mighty Oak Award.”

Mr. Perciak’s introduction to the Southwest General family began in 1992 when he served as co-chair of the “New Dimensions—Old Traditions Capital Campaign.” Under Mr. Perciak’s expert guidance as co-chair, the campaign exceeded its $1.5 million goal by an impressive $1 million. Following this, Mr. Perciak became a full-time member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and, in 1996, accepted the position of chairman, a post he held until his resignation earlier this year. During his years of leadership, the Foundation’s annual fundraising income consistently exceeded the $1 million mark, much of which is directly attributed to his leadership efforts.

“Tom has been a model for all community hospital board chairs to follow,” explains Bobbie Simmerman, executive director, Southwest Community Health Foundation. “He gives generously, asks graciously, leads resolutely and then asks, ‘Is there anything else I can do?’”

About Southwest Community Health Foundation
Southwest Community Health Foundation (The Foundation) became fully operational on June 9, 1986. It is a not-for-profit corporation that centralizes all fundraising efforts of Southwest General. The Foundation through its fundraising programs and volunteer businesses generates charitable gifts that are used to advance the treatment of care at the hospital and support Southwest General’s mission. Various fundraising efforts have assisted in bringing community residents many health care benefits such as the TomoTherapy Hi-Art® treatment system for radiation oncology, a Residential Hospice facility, the Neighborhood Care Center, and much more. To learn more about the Southwest Community Health Foundation, visit

About Southwest General
Recognized as one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®, Southwest General is a private, not
for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For news highlights, events and additional information, visit or