Laura & David Steffee of The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund of the Cleveland Foundation at the March 6, 2017 dedication of the Pediatric Observation Suite at UH Geauga Medical Center.

Through her charitable fund, Newbury resident Ms. Billie Howland Steffee awarded UH Geauga Medical Center a matching grant of $250,000. Significant contributions from the Amish community, together with support from The William O. and Gertrude Lewis Frohring Foundation, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, the Geauga Medical Center Auxiliary, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling, Inc., and many local residents allowed UH Geauga to fund and launch the Pediatric Observation Service in October 2016. All giving to the pediatric expansion was matched dollar for dollar by the Steffee family through The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund of The Cleveland Foundation.

The Pediatric Observation Service is dovetailing with our Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC). UH Geauga Medical Center was the first hospital in Ohio to earn this certification for pediatric care. The pediatric training, protocols, and procedures used by our pediatric experts and the 36 EMS units supported by UH Geauga Medical Center have improved our ability to successfully treat pediatric patients from the surrounding community.

With compassionate support from donors like the Steffee family, UH Geauga and its outstanding level of family-centered care and emphasis on service expansion, is an extraordinary example of what UH and the community can achieve together. The re-establishment of Pediatric Care Services at UH Geauga, made possible by the deep personal commitment of Billie Howland Steffee, is an important step forward for serving our youngest patients and strengthening our health system.

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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