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Khouri Family Gift Revitalizes Emergency Care at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center

Friday, September 21, 2018

$3 million gift is largest in hospital’s history

WESTLAKE, Ohio – Mary and Dr. Rustom Khouri, longtime supporters of University Hospitals St. John Medical Center, have committed $3 million to support renovations at the hospital’s emergency department which, in recognition of their gift, will be renamed the Khouri Center for Emergency Medicine. This is the largest gift to the hospital in its nearly 40-year history.

“The Khouris’ gift is truly transformative,” said Thomas F. Zenty, III, UH Chief Executive Officer. “It will help us advance UH’s strategy for delivering highly specialized emergency care on Cleveland’s Westside for the more than 35,000 annual visitors to the UH St. John emergency department.”

Renovations to the Khouri Center for Emergency Medicine will include state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic equipment, a modern and open layout, and standardized exam and treatment rooms to reduce the possibility of an error during the care process.

“Providing the highest-quality care, close to the homes of the patients we are privileged to serve, is a hallmark of University Hospitals,” said Rob David, President, UH St. John Medical Center. “We are grateful to Mary and Rustom Khouri for their generous gift, which enhances our ability to deliver that care to the people of Westlake and surrounding communities.”

Earlier this year, UH St. John Medical Center earned a Five-Star Rating for Quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and, in May, was awarded Silver Status for stroke care through the American Heart and American Stroke Associations. This gift will enable clinical staff to continue exceeding the standard of care for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions.

“Our family has relied on UH St. John Medical Center for decades,” said Mary Khouri, Founder and Chief Administrative Officer of Carnegie Management and Development Corporation, who also serves on the board of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation. “From broken bones to births, we have always been in good hands and now we want to give back to ensure others will continue to receive this kind of outstanding care for generations to come.”

The establishment of the Khouri Center for Emergency Medicine follows a period of clinical growth for UH St. John Medical Center, including the recruitment of new physicians and specialty surgeons and investment in leading-edge equipment and an additional cardiovascular catheterization lab.

“Our experiences have led us to understand how important it is to have this top-notch medical facility in our community,” said Dr. Rustom Khouri, President and CEO of Carnegie Management and Development Corporation. “We hope our gift will help inspire others to make meaningful gifts, too, so we can collectively see this community gem succeed.” Dr. Khouri is an active member of the UH St. John Medical Center Leadership Council and has spearheaded the hospital’s inaugural golf classic since 2014.

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