October 14, 2014

Mercy Medical Center physician receives St. Augustine Award for distinguished service

Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Development Foundation presented James F. King, M.D., the 2014 St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service at its Founders Day Donor Recognition events held in late September at Mercy Medical Center. September 24 marked the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy and the founding of Mercy Medical Center by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in 1908.

A physician, campaign chairman, trusted volunteer and servant leader, Dr. King joins Ronald Bennington and Sister Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA, as recipients awarded this highest honor. Dr. King was chosen for his tireless efforts as campaign chair of the 2nd Century Campaign, which raised more than $6.1 million for the renovation and expansion of Mercy’s emergency department. The campaign marks the first capital campaign for a hospital in Stark County since 1973. Dr. King is a member of the board of directors of Mercy Medical Center (2005-2014) and Mercy Development Foundation. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University School of Medicine before joining the Mercy medical staff in 1969. Dr. King was inducted into the Society of St. Luke, Mercy’s physician honor society, in 1997. 

The Mercy Development Foundation Board of Directors created the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service to recognize individuals who show servant leadership, ongoing support and vision promoting the good works of Mercy Medical Center.

About the 2nd Century Campaign

“We are continually amazed and humbled by the generosity of our community and those who have helped us surpass our original fundraising goal beyond what we could have imagined, bringing us to $6.1 million in commitments to date,” said Terry Moore, chairman of Mercy Development Foundation Board of Directors. “We are grateful to our sister ministry, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, who dared us to dream and challenges us to do more by offering a three-to-one challenge grant to help us close the campaign. For every $3 we can raise from new donors and funders, the foundation will grant us a $1 match,” Moore said.

Permanent recognition to campaign contributors is planned for the new waiting area at the end of the campaign, honoring the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations. Those interested in supporting this effort are encouraged to contact Mercy Development Foundation at 330-430-2750 or FOUNDATION@cantonmercy.org.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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