Honoring a "Pace-setter"- ACS Dinner to Recognize Sister Mary Caritas and her Work in the Fight Against Cancer

Gary L FialkySister Mary Caritas of the Sisters of Providence Congregation is one of the lucky ones. Diagnosed with colon cancer in the mid-1980s, she was able to win the battle when doctors detected the disease before it progressed. "They caught it early," she said. "I was fortunate."

Not everyone is so lucky, though, which prompted the now retired hospital administrator to dedicate herself to the cause. 'Actively retired' since 1993 from her role as president of what is now Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Sister Caritas is known throughout Western Mass. for her work in the ongoing fight against cancer.

"It's a cause that I care very deeply about," she told The Healthcare News. In recognition of her tireless efforts, Sister Caritas will be presented with the prestigious Omar T. Pace, MD award at the American Cancer Society's annual recognition dinner on May 13 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Created 14 years ago by Gary Fialky, Esq., a partner with the Springfield law firm Bacon and Wilson, P.C., the award is named in honor of the late Dr. Omar T. Pace.

The renowned cancer surgeon and pioneer in his specialty gave more than 50 years of volunteer service to the American Cancer Society, and was a founding member of the organization's Western Mass. chapter. According to Mary Howell director of the local ACS chapter, who assists co-chairs Fialky and Banknorth President David Glidden in planning the annual event, Pace served the organization at the national, state and...

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by: Gary L. Fialky

Healthcare News
May 2006

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