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Surgeon, Civic Leader Honored by Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Dr. Thomas L. Facelle and Harold J. Peterson to be cheered at Spring Ball for their efforts.

Dr. Thomas L. Facelle and Harold J. Peterson will be honored for their service to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center April 29 at the 27th Annual Good Samaritan Spring Ball at the Rockleigh Country Club.

Proceeds from “A Night in Monte Carlo” themed, black-tie affair will help fund the expansion of Good Samaritan Emergency Department in Suffern.

About Harold J. Peterson

Veteran banker and Rockland County civic leader Harold J. Peterson, a member of the Good Samaritan Foundation Board of Directors, will be presented the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Medal of Honor.

Mr. Peterson, founder and 26-year chairman of the ARC Golf Classic, has helped to raise nearly $1 million for people with developmental disabilities. He currently serves as president of the ARC Foundation.

A former Rockland County Finance Commissioner, Mr. Peterson currently serves as a board member for the Rockland Business Association, United Hospice of Rockland, Meals on Wheels and the Clarkstown Education Foundation. He also serves as a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas College President’s Council and the Dominican College Palisades Institute. He was a 10-year member of the Rockland Community College Foundation, a 10-year board member for Child Care Resources of Rockland and a 12-year member of the Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees.

In 1990, ARC awarded Mr. Peterson with its Humanitarian Award. In 2007, Child Care Resources of Rockland presented him its Purple Crayon Award.

By day, Mr. Peterson is senior vice president and senior managing director for Provident Bank. He and his wife Stella live in New City; they have two children and two grandchildren.

About Dr. Thomas L. Facelle

Dr. Thomas L. Facelle, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s director of surgery since 2008 and its chief of trauma services since 1995, is the recipient of the Sister Joseph Rita Award for Medical Excellence.

Dr. Facelle also co-chairs the medical center’s Cancer Committee, and has received extensive training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Early in his career, Dr. Facelle completed surgical training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and served three years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. He has been a clinical

instructor in surgery at New York Medical College since 1987, the year he joined Ramapo Valley Surgical Associates. In 1990, Dr. Facelle was the first surgeon in Rockland County to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy. He has pursued considerable laparoscopic training at major laboratory facilities in four states, and advanced hernia training in Miami.

As a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Facelle brings a wealth of expertise and care to his patients and to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He is married to Dr. Joan H. Facelle, who is Rockland County's health commissioner; they have three children.

The ball is being chaired by Kathy Medici and Janetlee Pillitteri. Cocktails will start at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 6. The Rockleigh is at 26 Paris Ave., Rockleigh, N.J.

Tickets - $400 per person, $4,000 for a table of 10 - are available now. Call Tracie McLee, Good Samaritan Foundation senior development officer, at 845-368-5618 or email her, Tracie_McLee@bshsi.org.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available for “A Night in Monte Carlo.” A commemorative journal will be published; the deadline for journal ads is April 6. Contact McLee for more information.

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