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UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION GIFT FROM ALFRED AND NORMA LERNER -- LARGEST GIFT IN HOSPITAL'S HISTORY

 CLEVELAND, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- University Hospitals of Cleveland announced today the largest single gift in its 126-year history -- $10 million from Alfred and Norma Lerner of Shaker Heights, Ohio, to support the further development of the pediatric programs at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital. This gift puts the academic medical center past the $30 million mark toward the $40 million goal of its five-year philanthropic drive, known as the Campaign for University Hospitals.
 Mr. and Mrs. Lerner said, "We have great respect for University Hospitals and the vital role it plays as one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, and we are pleased to be able to support its efforts." Mrs. Lerner is a member of the University Hospitals' board of trustees.
 In accepting the gift, Farah M. Walters, president and chief executive officer, announced that a new 10-story patient tower will be named The Alfred and Norma Lerner Tower. Under construction and set to open in early 1994, it will have 210 acute care beds, replacing existing facilities in Lakeside Hospital and Hanna House.
 "We are deeply appreciative of the Lerners' gift," she said. "Their strong support of University Hospitals further enhances our ability to provide the highest quality patient care, and to pursue our historical commitment to medical education and research."
 A. William Reynolds, chairman of the board of trustees, gratefully acknowledged the gift and said The Alfred and Norma Lerner Tower adds to University Hospitals' main campus a state-of-the-art patient care facility that will be one of the finest in the country.
 The Campaign for University Hospitals, launched in 1989, will fund six key clinical areas -- pediatrics, genetics, oncology, cardiology, musculoskeletal and pulmonary medicine -- as well as the new patient tower for medical and surgical care.
 University Hospitals of Cleveland is a 947-bed academic medical center serving its community and the nation through patient care, research and teaching. Its main campus includes University MacDonald Womens Hospital; Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital; Lakeside and Hanna House for adult medical/surgical care; and the University Psychiatric Center (Hanna Pavilion). The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and its academic counterpart form Ohio's largest biomedical research center. University Hospitals has also formed the University Hospitals Network, a system of hospital and physician organizations that includes University Suburban Health Center, University MEDNET, Deaconess Hospital, Geauga Hospital, Lake Hospital System, Lakewood Hospital, Lorain Community Hospital and Marymount Hospital.
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 /CONTACT: Janice Guhl of University Hospitals of Cleveland, 216-844-3825, or, after hours, 216-691-1148/


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