CLEVELAND — There are nice expectations in Cleveland space communities following this week’s announcement that the MetroHealth System obtained the biggest reward in its historical past.
Bob and JoAnn Glick are captivated with well being care, particularly for ladies and kids. Their historic $42 million reward to the MetroHealth System in Larger Cleveland will fund the growth and enchancment of applications and providers that tackle group wants.
“MetroHealth aligned with our mission. Our mission was to enhance the well being and well-being of the ladies and kids inside the metropolis of Cleveland. And MetroHealth that is their mission. It has been their mission for 183 years they usually do one heck of a job at it,” Bob.
MetroHealth is Cuyahoga County’s Public well being care system and MetroHealth Medical Heart is a spot that welcomes all residents, together with the uninsured. Bob is the founder, former CEO and chairman of “Dots,” the nationwide specialty girls’s clothes retailer chain. The Glicks name Northeast Ohio residence, and that is why it was necessary to them to speculate right here.
“The group must know that they matter. All people issues. They usually need to have the perfect of well being care identical to anybody else. They usually have extra challenges than lots of people who aren’t dwelling with all of the stresses that they’ve with on a regular basis life. So, if I had something I need them to know is that we care and we would like them to have the alternatives that most individuals — lots of people — have in different areas to change into no matter they wish to change into,” JoAnn.
The Glick’s reward will go towards the creation of two funds for MetroHealth. The primary is the JoAnn and Bob Glick Fund for Wholesome Communities. The second is the JoAnn Zlotnick Glick Endowed Fund in Group Well being Nursing.
“It is extra concerning the function and impression a nurse could make in the neighborhood. It’s concerning the science of nursing. It is about taking a look at the place the gaps are in the neighborhood in well being care, and what nurses can do to shut that hole,” stated JoAnn.
As a registered nurse herself, JoAnn has a particular place in her coronary heart for nurses. Bob stated a lot of his prospects have been nurses and he is all the time appreciated the sacrifices they make. The couple stated they’re grateful to have the ability to spend money on higher well being take care of the group.
“To be trustworthy with you, it is a dream. I by no means imagined that we might ever be able to have the ability to do that. And it simply means a lot to me to have the ability to. And, , I am glad that Bob shared my curiosity and my ardour for this and, , that is all I can say. It is great,” stated JoAnn.
“I’ve all the time needed to this group of girls who have been adequate to buy in our shops and work in our shops and assist develop our enterprise, and so it is very particular to me,” stated Bob.
MetroHealth introduced its new hospital, which is at present underneath development, might be named the MetroHealth Glick Heart after the couple. The Glicks stated they like to maintain a low profile however are honored to have the middle named after them.
“It’s extremely good, and it isn’t vital. What we care about is what goes on within the constructing. And the constructing … would be the caregivers and the folks of MetroHealth who present providers,” stated Bob.
This is not the primary time the Glicks have donated to MetroHealth.
In 2019, they invested $500,000 into two applications on the medical heart: the College students Are Secure to Specific Venture (SAFE) and the MetroHealth Autism Consciousness Clinic.
The Glick’s donation is believed to be the third-largest donation from a personal donor to a public hospital within the U.S.