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Ken Cleveland Donation

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Brunswick Family Health Center receives $4 million donation
Hinckley residents Ken and Patricia Cleveland say money will be used
to support capital projects.

 

“When you leave this world, the only thing we take with us is what we leave behind.”


The message contained within that quote, Hinckley resident Ken Cleveland said, is the reason he and his wife, Patricia, elected to donate $4 million to the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center on his 81
st birthday.


“You can’t take it with you when you go,” Cleveland said during the presentation of the check to the health center October 30
th.  “My only hope is that we leave behind something good for the Cleveland Clinic and all of the people of Brunswick and Medina County.”


Cleveland, an active philanthropist, entrepreneur and developer in Medina County, started Ken Cleveland Builders in the 1960s and has built thousands of homes in Brunswick, Medina, Hinckley, and Marblehead.  He and his wife Patricia established the Ken Cleveland Foundation in the 1980s to make charitable donations to organizations including the Medina Hospital Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic.


“We are both so happy to see the Cleveland Clinic growing in Brunswick because we know the entire community is going to benefit because of it,” Patricia Cleveland said during an intimate reception held in the couple’s honor with staff members from Ken Cleveland Builders, Cleveland Clinic and the Medina Hospital Foundation also in attendance.


Officials for the Cleveland Clinic said the Cleveland’s donation will be used to support capital projects at the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center, including the expansion of the emergency department, which is currently underway and slated to open in July 2014.

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“We are so grateful to Ken and Patricia Cleveland for their generous gift toward the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick emergency department expansion,” said Mark Meacham, M.D., Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center.  “Our building was founded by a medical practice that has been a part of the Brunswick landscape for 30 years.  Cleveland Clinic is committed to this region and these funds will help us expand our convenient medical care offerings to the community.  Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland’s generosity and legacy will be felt for generations to come.”


Cleveland Clinic broke ground on the Brunswick Family Health Center emergency department expansion this past spring.  The $20 million addition will feature a 24,000 square foot, state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency department with a helipad and an additional 20,000 square feet of second floor office space.


“We look forward to bringing Cleveland Clinic emergency medicine services to the residents of northern Medina County,” said Brad Borden, chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Services Institute.  “The generous contribution of the Clevelands will help us build a great facility.”


Currently, the Brunswick Family Health Center offers everything from primary care to specialty care – cardiology, pediatrics, family medicine, nephrology, internal medicine, neurology, OB/GYN, orthopedics, physical therapy, pulmonology, radiology, lab testing and sports health.

Ken Cleveland said his relationship with the Cleveland Clinic began nearly 40 years ago when he underwent back surgery.  In the years since, he said, he turned to the hospital for care when battling bladder cancer and his wife also benefited from the facility’s services as she continues to undergo treatment for macular degeneration.


“We’ve made it our hospital over the years.  It’s our place to go where we know they will look after us,” he said.  “Patricia and I have been so blessed and fortunate and it has always been a priority for us to give back to the community.  We have been so impressed with the world-class care we receive at Cleveland Clinic and wanted to support their efforts of building an emergency department in our region.”


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