ProMedica, a nonprofit health system serving twenty-seven counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, has announced a $28.5 million gift from Carolee Ebeid and her late husband, Russell J. Ebeid, to establish a research center and neighborhood revitalization program focused on Toledo and surrounding communities.
Part of a ten-year, $50 million community health initiative, the gift will support research and programs related to the social determinants of health, including factors such as income, education, housing, and food insecurity. With an additional $21.5 million to be raised by ProMedica, the gift will support an initiative, the Ebeid Neighborhood Program (ENP), focused on the delivery of a full range of social and educational services in the city's UpTown neighborhood. The gift also will be used to expand the work of the ProMedica Ebeid Institute for Population Health and, in partnership with the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, create a multidisciplinary center dedicated to research on the social determinants of community health.
In recognition of the gift, Toledo Children's Hospital will be renamed for Russell Ebeid, who was president and chair of Michigan-based Guardian Glass. His Toledo-area philanthropy was inspired by his granddaughter, Kristina, who received business and nursing degrees from Lourdes University and became a ProMedica nurse.
"We are deeply grateful to the Ebeid family for this gift and look forward to using it to make real change, strengthen collaboration, and improve the quality of life across our region," said ProMedica president and CEO Randy Oostra. "As an anchor institution, ProMedica has a vested interest in ensuring the success of our city and region. As we've seen significant reinvestment in Toledo's core business district, we are also committed to ensuring that the neighborhoods that surround downtown also thrive. We look forward to working with community residents, nonprofit organizations, education, government, and business communities on this initiative."