Foundation receives nearly $3 million in gifts


MetroHealth Connection MetroHealth Foundation receives nearly $3 million in gifts from a Cleveland east-side family.

“As life-long Clevelanders, we believe n the mission of MetroHealth.” -- MORT NOVEMBER

Iris, Larry and Linda November

The MetroHealth Foundation has received nearly $3 million in gifts from its board members and the November family. These are among the largest gifts in the Foundation’s history.

Mort and Iris November and Larry and Linda November have donated $1.5 million to The MetroHealth Foundation. In honor of the family’s $1.5 million donation, MetroHealth’s newest site will be named the MetroHealth Middleburg Heights November Family Health Center.

The gift – which is the largest philanthropic commitment from the November family – was announced at The MetroHealth Foundation’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 24.

“As life-long Clevelanders, we believe in the mission of MetroHealth – a challenging mission to deliver exceptional care to all – which has not wavered over the past 175 years,” said Mort November. “Iris and I consider this gift an endorsement of MetroHealth’s growth and are proud to support their extension of health services to more suburbs and more residents of Cuyahoga County.”

[VIDEO: Learn about Grow Love, a gift of public art from the Novembers.]

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting

For Mort’s son, Larry, his appreciation for MetroHealth is personal. He was a patient of Edward Mansour, MD, former director of MetroHealth’s division of surgical oncology.

“I experienced the outstanding care provided at MetroHealth first-hand,” said Larry. “Linda and I are pleased that our gift will help others have access to such high-quality, compassionate care.”

In addition, the Foundation’s Board of Directors together has donated more than $1.3 million. This is also the largest combined gift the Foundation has ever received from its board.

“Our board believes in MetroHealth and is proud of its legacy of caring for Greater Cleveland. We felt that our 175th anniversary year was the time to make a difference,” said Rob Durham, outgoing Chair of The MetroHealth Foundation. “These commitments will position MetroHealth to serve our community for many years to come.”

The MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors also selected its 2012-2013 slate of officers:Outgoing Foundation ChairRob Durham with Chair David C. Jacobs

  • David C. Jacobs was elected Chair. Mr. Jacobs has been an active member of The MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors since 2005. He is President and Chief Operating Officer for Oswald Companies.
  • Leslie D. Dunn was re-elected Vice Chair. Ms. Dunn is a community leader.
  • Brian O’Neill was elected Vice Chair, Nominating and Board Development. Mr. O’Neill is partner at Tucker Ellis and West LLP.
  • Timothy J. King was elected Treasurer and Vice Chair, Investment. Mr. King is partner at Interlachen Partners LLC.
  • William L. Aamoth was re-elected Vice Chair, Finance. Mr. Aamoth is Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for STERIS Corporation and the benefactor of the Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center at MetroHealth.
  • Robert A. DeAngelis was re-elected Vice Chair, Audit. Mr. DeAngelis is Executive Vice President, Enterprise Program Management at KeyBank.

CertifiedCare Board member and consultant, Betty Hickle provided more than a decade of administrative leadership at the Women & Children’s Pavilion at MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was director of daily ambulatory operations. In that role, she was responsible for financial planning and analysis for hospital-based operations, National Institutes of Health research funds and grant budgets involving The MetroHealth System, The MetroHealth Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, totaling more than $80 million. Her leadership also involved recruitment, orientation, training, supervision and performance evaluations for more than 160 FTE faculty, staff, residency and fellowship training programs. Additionally, Betty served in leadership of The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care at MetroHealth.

The MetroHealth Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Founded in 1954, it supports The MetroHealth System’s mission as an academic health care system committed to our communities by saving lives, restoring health, promoting wellness, and providing outstanding, life-long care accessible to all. It funds programs and projects in patient care, scientific and clinical research, and medical education.

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