The Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic has announced a $5 million commitment from the family of the late newspaper publisher Harry R. Horvitz to expand the center's research and educational activities, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The gift from Lois Horvitz, her children and their spouses, Michael and Jane Horvitz, Peter and Peggy Horvitz, and Pam and Tony Schneider, was announced at a celebration of the center's tenth anniversary. Lois Horvitz said her family believed there was a definite need for such a center when it opened in 1994. Horvitz, who published several area newspapers, died of prostate cancer in 1991.
The Horvitz Center uses a team approach to address the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients facing life-limiting illnesses. It also provides emotional support for their families.
"It's a terrific act of generosity, which is going to make a huge difference in the lives of many patients and their families, not just here in Cleveland, but around the country and around the world," said Dr. Declan Walsh, director of the center and chairman of the clinic's division of post acute medicine.