Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, inducted Farouq Ahmed, M.D., Albert T. Domingo, M.S., M.D., and Michael H Linz, M.D., into the Society of St. Luke, Mercy’s physician honor society, during an induction ceremony and dinner held September 27 at Brookside Country Club. More than 230 guests attended the event, which recognized the inductees’ outstanding service to patients, the hospital and community.
A board certified oncologist and hematologist, Ahmed has been a member of Mercy Medical Staff for 33 years and is an active member of Mercy’s Cancer Committee. He has worked with NEOUCOM/NEOMED students and Mercy Medical Center residents during their clinical rotations at the hospital and in his office. Throughout his career, Ahmed has been a clinical investigator for clinical trials through the cooperative groups at Mercy and pharmaceutical trials in his office, providing the opportunity for his patients to have access to new and innovative therapies. He is committed to providing cancer care to all his patients, never turning away the uninsured.
Ahmed is also committed to making a difference in Pakistan, where he established an endowment fund to provide an annual scholarship to a medical student at GC University Lahore, his alma mater. He donated generously to help build and equip Sharif Hospital in his hometown of Gujranwala, which is now named after his father. His most recent endeavor is to commit a generous annual donation to The Citizens Foundation to build schools in Pakistan.
Ahmed has provided compassionate, innovative cancer care to thousands of members over the years, many of whom have had the opportunity to watch their children grow and their grandchildren graduate because they had access to quality cancer treatment in the community.
Domingo, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, was appointed to Mercy Medical Staff in 1989. He has served numerous leadership positions including president of Mercy Medical Staff, chairman of Mercy’s Department of OB/GYN, member of Mercy Medical Executive Committee, vice president of Mercy’s Medical Staff Performance Improvement Committee, member of Mercy Cancer Committee and chairman of Mercy Service League’s Harvest Ball. His dedication to providing excellent patient care and reputation for demonstrating caring physician/patient relationships has led to a practice, which has experienced significant growth in employees and patients.
A committed husband and loving father to six daughters, Domingo believes strongly in the availability and access of quality healthcare for all women. He serves as director of Mercy’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, volunteers at Canton Community Clinic and has mentored many residents, medical students, nursing students and fellow physicians. Domingo received the Hero award, Commission on Minority Health, in 2006 from Governor Robert Taft for continuing his outreach to the community. He also received Mercy Medical Center’s Platinum Award, Sharing the Mission, in 1998, the first and only physician at the time to earn this award, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.
A board certified internal medicine hospitalist, Linz was appointed to Mercy Medical Staff in 1987. He has served as president of Mercy Medical Staff, a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center, and chairman of the Credentials Committee and Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. He holds an appointment at NEOMED as clinical associate professor of Internal Medicine and has taught both medical students and residents throughout his career.
His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, committee roles for Family Services of Stark County and the Cultural Center Fund for the Arts, and as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canton Medical Education Foundation. Most recently, Linz originated the annual Guest Sommelier Night Fundraiser, which has raised over $40,000 for the Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) since its inception in 2009. In 2011, Linz was named SCHTC Hunger Fighter of the Year.
A Canton native, Linz has spent his entire medical career serving the residents of Stark County and surrounding communities. He is dedicated to his patients and valued by his medical colleagues.
The Society of St. Luke was established in 1996 to recognize and honor selected members of the Medical Staff at Mercy Medical Center for their distinguished service to their patients, the mission of the medical center and the Stark County community. Named after St. Luke, author of the Bible’s third gospel and a physician often known as the “patron saint of physicians,” the society is now 46 members strong and growing. In his gospel, St. Luke emphasized Jesus’ concern for all people, especially the poor and neglected. Mercy recognizes this compassionate spirit of medicine through the Society of St. Luke.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community.