Canton, Ohio: Mercy Development Foundation honored Ron Bennington as the first recipient of the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service. The announcement was made at Mercy Development Foundation’s Founders Day Donor Recognition Mass held September 23 in Mercy Chapel. Bennington served as senior vice president and general counsel of Mercy from 2002 to 2008. He had previously practiced law for 40 years and was senior partner with Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, retiring in 2002. Bennington served on the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center from 1986 to 2002. He is responsible for laying the groundwork for the formation of the new Mercy Development Foundation at the hospital by establishing its predecessor, the Fund Development Board, as a standing committee to the Board of Directors and recruiting estate planning and tax professionals to serve on the Planned Giving Committee to promote legacy giving.
Mercy Development Foundation’s Founders Day Mass and Brunch was one of several events held to honor the Founders of Mercy Medical Center, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. September 24 is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy and Founders Day at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy Hospital was opened on the Feast Day in 1908.
Inspired by a common concern for the health and wellness of the greater Stark County community, the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center dedicated the Mercy Development Foundation on September 25, 2011, as a separate, non-profit corporation to help the hospital meet its future needs. The Mercy Development Foundation exists solely to benefit the patients of Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Mercy Development Foundation will enhance the capabilities of the hospital while continuing the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine by being responsive to the medical, health, wellness and educational needs of the community. The Development Foundation not only oversees the solicitation of funds and gifts from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations, but receives, receipts, records and acknowledges all gifts, and then manages and invests these funds in order to disburse them in the best interests of the hospital.
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. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.