University Hospitals receives $7.5 million for maternal, neonatal unit

University Hospitals receives $7.5 million for maternal, neonatal unit

Cleveland-based University Hospitals has announced a $7.5 million gift from board member Steve Potash and his wife, Loree, in support of a new maternal and neonatal health facility.

The commitment will establish the Steve and Loree Potash Women & Newborn Center at UH Ahuja Medical Center. Part of UH Ahuja's phase-two expansion, the new facility will bring the collaborative care of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's and UH MacDonald Women's hospitals to the UH Ahuja campus on the city's Eastside, including maternal-fetal care, a full spectrum of labor and delivery services, an on-site surgical suite, and a neonatal intensive care unit.

The gift also will be used to launch a pilot literacy program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in 2021, with plans to expand the program to other UH locations in 2022. The program will provide newborns and their families with their first collection of baby-friendly board books along with literature on healthy parenting and information about additional resources available through the local public library. According to UH, an estimated two-thirds of Cleveland residents are functionally illiterate, meaning their math, reading, or language skills are below fourth-grade level. 

"Loree and I are dedicated to a world enlightened by reading and improving literacy rates and this program will increase community awareness of and access to books and learning," said Steve Potash, founder, president, and CEO of OverDrive, a leading digital platform for ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media. "More than ten thousand babies are born across the UH system each year; with this program, we hope to spark a love of reading early in children and educate families about the tremendous, free access they have to books and resources through the library system."

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