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Shockey family continues support of Fulton County Medical Center

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Paul & Anna Shockey

When he was asked what his mom would think about the Fulton County Medical Center’s new expansion project, Ken Shockey of Greencastle said she would have been “all for it.”

Ken and his wife Bonnie got a firsthand glimpse of phase one of the $20 million Center for Advanced Medicine on Thursday when they visited FCMC to present a check of $500,000 to the FCMC Foundation from the Paul and Anna Shockey Family Foundation.

“She probably would have reflected back to the old downtown medical facility where she worked and would have been so proud how far the new medical center has progressed,” continued Ken.

“She would have been amazed and a little teary eyed,” added Bonnie, who was teary-eyed herself. “This is a gem in the valley.”

Paul and Anna were gems as well. Paul died in 2012. Anna passed in 2016. Their legacy is alive at FCMC, as well as other places. Their philanthropic spirit began with FCMC in 2002 with a $10,000 contribution. Since then, they have supported every expansion project and many major equipment purchases, either firsthand or through the family foundation.

“We are continuing to do what my dad and mom would have done,” said Ken, whose parents moved to McConnellsburg 48 years ago when Paul, an engineering whiz, helped John L. Grove establish JLG Industries.

Paul and Anna didn’t seek recognition or the limelight. He shunned the spotlight when the new FCMC facility was constructed in 2007 and insisted their names not be put on any donor plaques, but listed as only anonymous. After their deaths, the Shockey family asked if their mom and dad’s name could replace the anonymous taglines. Today at FCMC, the emergency department has their name affixed to it and when phase one of the Center for Advanced Medicine opens its doors later this month, the second floor will have a photo of Paul and Anna with the following inscription: Given most generously by the Paul and Anna Shockey Family Foundation.

“The Shockey family has been a blessing to Fulton County Medical Center for many years,” said Mike Straley, executive director of FCMC Foundation. “Their wonderful spirit of giving is unmatched and for that we are grateful.”