MT. VERNON — A longtime Mt. Vernon physician is being recognized with a suite being named in his honor at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.
Dr. David Walters, who recently stepped down from his O.B./gynecology practice on medical leave, will have the C section suite at the hospital named in his honor. To help raise funds for the suite, the first ever Hope for Dr. Walter 5K run and walk was held Saturday with over 350 people pre-registered, and at least 50 more participating in the event.
"We're going to do another one next year because the hospital is giving us several years to raise the funds," said Ashton Stephens, organizer of Saturday's event. A $25,000 goal has been established. Officials raised over $12,000 from the inaugural event.
In preparation for the event, "We passed out several fliers around town, we posted it on Facebook and we have a web site, and word of mouth," said Stephens, marketing director at Heartland Women's Healthcare.
"Dr. Walters has been around for many years and has delivered many babies in the Mt. Vernon and surrounding communities. I think he's been in practice 17 years," Stephens said. "He had to go on medical leave absence. He has been diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer so he had to take an early retirement."
Campbell Walters, son of the physician, and former cross-country standout at Mt. Vernon Township High School, said the family was appreciative of the support shown toward his father.
"It's just awesome to see everyone come out and support this event, and we definitely appreciate it," Walters said. "It means a lot to him to talk to these people, and be able to see the many families he has been able to serve. He appreciates it too."