J. Chris Hawk III, MD Honored by Roper St. Francis Foundation

J. Chris Hawk III, MD Honored by Roper St. Francis Foundation
Physician Champion Award honors distinguished and devoted doctor
CHARLESTON, S.C. (February 4, 2013) –  Credited for his exceptional leadership in furthering philanthropy as a means to support advanced patient care, J. Chris Hawk III, MD, recently accepted the annual Roper St. Francis (RSF) Foundation Physician Champion Award. 

Dr. Hawk, a Roper St. Francis Healthcare physician who practices surgical oncology and general surgery with Charleston Surgical Associates, received the award during the Roper Xavier Society Donor Appreciation Gala held Feb. 2 at the Charleston Place Hotel. Sponsored by Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc., the award is presented each year to a physician who exhibits exemplary service to the RSF Foundation.

Dr. Hawk was recognized for his dedicated involvement in promoting the Roper St. Francis mission through philanthropy. A longtime, loyal supporter of the RSF Foundation, Dr. Hawk was instrumental to the development of the Roper St. Francis Foundation Legacy Circle, which recognizes donors who have included Roper St. Francis in their estate plans.

Dr. Hawk is devoted to his patients and the advancement of healthcare in the Lowcountry. He has served on numerous hospital committees, including the Roper Hospital Board of Directors during the merger with Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in 1997 and the American Medical Association’s Council of Science and Public Health He was  also a member of the South Carolina Medical Association’s Board of Trustees for more than 20 years and  served as president of the Medical Society of South Carolina in 1998.

Dr. Hawk has been associated with Roper St. Francis since 1978, when he worked alongside his father, Dr. John Hawk.

“Throughout his time working with our system, Dr. Hawk has shown true dedication to making patient care the very best it can be,” said RSF Foundation Executive Director Susan Keenan. “The Physician Champion Award recognizes individuals who champion our development efforts and exemplify our Foundation credo of ‘Funding Health. Giving Hope.’ Dr. Hawk is a deserving recipient as a champion for the Roper St. Francis Foundation.”

The RSF Foundation, the fundraising arm of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, has raised more than $41 million since 2005. Generous gifts have allowed nurses to further their education with donor-funded scholarships, advanced cancer treatment through the purchase of cutting-edge technology and funded important enhancements to Roper St. Francis Healthcare facilities such as the Roper Hospital Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the Lowcountry’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare provider. The 657-bed system comprises more than 90 facilities and services in seven counties. Member hospitals include Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, each of which is accredited by The Joint Commission. Our active medical staff is made up of more than 800 board certified physicians. The group includes Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, an expansive network of more than 200 physicians who offer primary care and 20 subspecialties. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is routinely recognized for excellence in patient care by national organizations and agencies such as BlueCross BlueShield, the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Thomson Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Reports and more. With more than 5,200 employees, RSFH is Charleston’s largest private employer, and the system consistently scores in the superior category for patient and physician satisfaction.  www.rsfh.com

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