October 1, 2015

Mercy Development Foundation honors retired Diebold executive with St. Augustine Award for distinguished service

Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Development Foundation awarded Robert W. Mahoney its highest honor, the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service, during its recent Founders Day Donor Recognition event. The award recognizes an individual whose leadership and vision has impacted and helped transform Mercy Medical Center.

Mahoney, retired board chairman and chief executive officer of Diebold Incorporated, served on Mercy Medical Center’s board of directors for terms between 1984 and 2006 and was its chairman from 2002 to 2006. Mahoney joins an honored group of St. Augustine Award recipients, including Ronald Bennington, Sister Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA, and James F. King, M.D.

“Bob Mahoney is an outstanding business leader and esteemed community advocate who, through God’s blessing, became a devoted and dedicated servant leader for Mercy,” said Tom Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy. 

In addition to serving as Diebold’s board chairman and CEO, Mahoney has also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland; trustee of the Professional Football Hall of Fame; independent director of the Timken Company; director of Cincinnati Bell and the Sherwin-Williams Company; member of the Stark Development Board, Stark County Chamber of Commerce Business Club of Cleveland and Business Club of Akron; and board member of the University of Mount Union.

Cecconi added, “Bob has been honored by dignitaries in many countries, met several presidents and been a guest on more than one occasion at the White House. In addition to all the accolades bestowed on him, he also remained a loyal, dedicated leader and true ‘friend’ of Mercy Medical Center. We are deeply grateful for the investment of his time, talent and treasure into Mercy’s growth.”

Each year, Mercy Development Foundation recognizes the founding of Mercy Medical Center by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who opened the hospital’s doors on September 24, 1908. The Founders Day Donor Recognition event is also a time to honor and thank the foundation’s many supporters.

In September 2011, Mercy formally launched Mercy Development Foundation as a separate, non-profit, fundraising arm of the hospital with a sole purpose of enhancing Mercy’s capabilities, allowing it to be responsive to the health care needs of the community, and helping it continue the mission established by the Sisters of Charity 107 years ago.

“In the world of health care, we are continuously faced with unprecedented financial challenges and policy changes,” said Thomas Turner, vice president, development and government relations, and president, Mercy Development Foundation. “In the five years since the foundation began, we have been able to demonstrate the power of philanthropy and the numerous opportunities it has provided for Mercy.”

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

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