UH Alum William Annable, MD, Giving Back to UH for Years Well Spent

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UH Alumni Association | October/November 2020

Ophthalmologist William L. Annable, MD, former UH Chief Quality Officer at University Hospitals and his wife, Catherine, a retired UH clinical nurse, agree they’ve spent more time within the walls of UH over the years than they have in their Cleveland Heights home.

William and Catherine AnnableWilliam and Catherine Annable

The couple speak with great warmth about their experiences at UH. “I had the best job in the hospital – I got to know everyone,” said Catherine. Dr. Annable agreed, “I love what I do, and I love where I do it.

“This hospital has been a vital part of my life for 50 years. During that time, the impact of this organization on the city has only grown, and Catherine and I believe UH is an invaluable component in the future of health care in Cleveland.”  Dr. Annable is also a proud UH Alum, starting his affiliation with UH as a trainee.  He completed his general surgery residency in 1974 and then ophthalmology training in 1977.  “The six years I spent as a resident at UH were among the most enjoyable, challenging and rewarding years of what is now a 50-year career in medicine. Immediately after those training years I served two years overseas in the US Army in a very active area. During that time, I had many opportunities to compare my training to others with whom I served. That tour of duty made me even more grateful to University Hospitals for the experiences and training that I received there.”

In addition to their dedicated medical service, the Annables, longtime Diamond Legacy Society members, have consistently supported the hospital’s growth and expansion, including provisions for UH in their estate plans. “We understood the need from seeing it every day,” Dr. Annable shared.  “We felt an obligation to support and serve the mission of our hospital and to contribute to the welfare of our patients today and tomorrow.”

The fondness the two share for their work at UH is readily apparent. “We owe this institution everything, and are happy to be able to support UH’s exciting future.”

Learn more. The UH Gift Planning Team would be happy to work with you and your advisors to explore the best way to include UH in your giving plans. Call 216-983-2200 or visit UHGiving.org/GiftPlanning.

You can also reach Dr. Annable at UHAlumniCLE@UHhospitals.org.

Article adapted from UH Legacy | Summer 2020
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