Sara and Gerry Hornick

Sara and Gerry Hornick built their life together on a strong foundation of family and community. Married 56 years, they raised six wonderful children who blessed them with 10 grandchildren and, recently, a great-grandchild. But sadly in 2013, Sara lost her three-year battle with breast cancer.

Grateful for the outstanding patient-centered care provided by Melanie Carlson, MD; David Smith, MD; and other UH physicians and staff, Gerry made a generous estate commitment supporting University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

A plaque "in memory of Sara R. Hornick" is displayed as you enter into the Healing Garden at UH Geauga Medical Center. The garden provides respite for patients and families and is also used for physical therapy. It seemed to be the perfect setting to recognize Sara, a gardener who loved working the soil both indoors and outside.

In addition to honoring Sara's memory, Gerry continues to be involved with the hospital. Gerry served on the Geauga Medical Center Leadership Council and in 2014 helped raise the capital to build the Geauga YMCA, which is used by UH as an outpatient physical therapy facility.

"I'm so proud that our community hospital has come such a long way," said Gerry. Today, UH Geauga Medical Center has entered into a new phase of its history to better meet the growing and complex health care needs of the community.

For assistance in making a gift to UH Geauga Medical Center, please contact Emilie Gottsegen at 440-285-6595 in the University Hospitals Department of Institutional Relations & Development.

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