Mercy Development Foundation Honors Robert Mahoney with St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Development Foundation Honors Robert Mahoney with St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service

Posted on: September 25, 2015

Retired Diebold Inc CEO receives St. Augustine Award from Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio

Canton, Ohio: During its recent Founders Day Donor Recognition event, Mercy Development Foundation awarded Robert W. Mahoney its highest honor – the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service. This 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’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, MD.

“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,” says Tom Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy.

Mahoney a Long-time Leader and “Friend” of Mercy

A graduate of Villanova and Roosevelt Universities and a retired lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, Mahoney spent 20 years with NCR Corporation before joining Diebold in 1982 as a senior vice president in charge of ATM and engineering. He was appointed Diebold’s board chairman and CEO in 1988. Under his leadership, Diebold established itself as an international and multi-billion dollar enterprise, and he was on the forefront of many banking products in the U.S. and beyond.

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 adds, “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.”

Founders Day 2015 Marks Mercy’s 107th Anniversary

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 Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy and exactly 57 years after the Sisters left Boulogne sur Mer, France, to care for the orphans and sick of northeast Ohio. Founders Day Donor Recognition is also a time to honor and thank the foundation’s many supporters.

In September 2011, Mercy formally and publicly 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 our 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,” says 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.”



About Mercy Development Foundation

Mercy Development Foundation, a separate non-profit corporation, helps Mercy Medical Center meet its future needs through charitable gift planning. The foundation exists solely to benefit the patients, programs, services and capital needs by enhancing the financial capabilities of the hospital while continuing the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The 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.

As a Catholic health-care organization, the mission of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Development Foundation are the same: to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care to the whole person – regardless of ability to pay. For lasting support and ministry, please consider leaving your legacy by remembering Mercy in your will or estate plans. For more information, visit

Photo caption: Mercy President and CEO Tom Cecconi (right) and Mercy Development Foundation President Tom Turner (left) present Robert Mahoney, retired board chairman and chief executive officer of Diebold Incorporated, with the St. Augustine Award for Distinguished Service during Mercy’s Founders Day Donor Recognition event on September 20, 2015.

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