University Hospitals in Cleveland has announced three gifts totaling $14.5 million to its $1.5 billion capital campaign.
The gifts include $6 million from Barbara Peterson Ruhlman to UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, which will be matched by $1 million from the Rainbow Babies & Children's Foundation, and a gift of $7.5 million from Kathleen Coleman to the UH Seidman Cancer Center to fund early-stage clinical trials, new technology, research equipment, and patient education. In recognition of the gift, which boosts Coleman's lifetime giving to University Hospitals to $10.5 million, UH will establish the Kathy and Les Coleman Clinical Trials Center at the Seidman Cancer Center.
The gift from Ruhlman includes $5 million in support of capital improvements to enhance the patient experience for the more than 57,000 women annually who receive care at the MacDonald Women's Hospital and support completion of the hospital's labor and delivery surgical facilities. The remaining $1 million will be used to create an endowment to help ensure the hospital's ability to recruit and retain leading physicians and support the training and education of caregivers through innovative programs. In recognition of the gift, which brings Ruhlman's lifetime giving to University Hospitals to more than $10 million, UH will name the maternity program in her honor.
"Kathy, Barbara, and our entire philanthropic community are making it possible for us to provide the most innovative and highest-quality care to more patients across our region," said University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III. "Their generosity, along with all supporters of the Discover the Difference Campaign, will have a profound impact on how health care is delivered throughout the country."