Largest Gift in Rainbow History: $32.5 Million from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation

“I feel very privileged to lead the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation. The foundation’s significant support of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a reflection of our faith in the leadership and vision of the hospital and ultimately is a gift to the children and families of our region. We are deeply humbled to know our most recent gift will greatly benefit the patients we serve today as well as future generations of children who will seek our care.”

– Dinah Kolesar, President, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation

Patti DePompei and Dinah Kolesar

Patti DePompei and Dinah Kolesar

As President of the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation, Dinah Kolesar led the organization’s historic decision in December 2012 to make a $32.5 million gift to Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals. The remarkable gift, made in honor of the 125th anniversary of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and in support of the vision and leadership of Patti DePompei, RN, BSN, the recently appointed President of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, helped propel the health system past its initial campaign goal of $1 billion.

Through her exceptional leadership, Ms. Kolesar ensured the foundation’s gift, the largest in the group’s history, would be used to support a number of key strategic initiatives at Rainbow. These include the completion of important capital projects, such as the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute, and the enhancement and expansion of service lines such as cardiology, pulmonology and the nationally-renowned maternal fetal medicine program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital. The gift is also distinguished by its inclusion of challenge grants that are expected to inspire the creation of a number of endowed positions at Rainbow, producing an additional $17.5 million in support and bringing the total impact of the foundation’s most recent contribution to $50 million.

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