Announcing Historic Gifts to UH 2/18/2013

We are pleased to announce tonight that University Hospitals just received generous gifts totaling $14.5 million in support of our Discover the Difference Campaign. Kathleen Coleman has donated $7.5 million to the UH Seidman Cancer Center. Barbara Peterson Ruhlman has given $6 million to UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital. And Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation will match Barbara’s gift with a $1 million gift.

These gifts highlight the continuing momentum of our Discover the Difference campaign. Since we announced our elevated goal of $1.5 billion on Dec. 12, the campaign has raised nearly $27 million in less than eight weeks through the generosity of our great philanthropic community.

Kathy is Chair of the Seidman Cancer Leadership Council and a well-known supporter of cancer research and care. Her gift will establish the Kathy and Les Coleman Clinical Trials Center. She is also helping to lead a targeted campaign aimed at advancing cancer clinical trials at Seidman Cancer Center.

Barbara is a longtime UH volunteer, benefactor and Chair of the MacDonald Women’s Health Leadership Council. Her gift will strengthen our nationally recognized programs in obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and fertility, and maternal fetal medicine. Moreover, because Barbara designated maternal fetal medicine as a beneficiary, the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation will provide a $1 million matching gift, raising the total value of her gift to $7 million.

In tribute to her philanthropic support to the health system, UH will name MacDonald Women’s Hospital’s maternity program in Barbara’s honor.

Barbara, Kathy and Dinah Kolesar, President of the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation, were with us this evening as we announced the gifts to more than 400 friends and supporters of UH at our annual outreach event in Naples, Fla. Please join me in thanking them for their generous philanthropy in giving back to their Northeast Ohio community, and for helping UH advance its mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.

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