May 05, 2009

Momentum: Case Western Reserve University Announces Nearly $9 Million in New Gifts

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Announcement includes four new endowed chairs at School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University has received $8.75 million in new gifts from prominent local and national philanthropists. During an evening reception for Case Western Reserve University's leadership donors at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building on May 4, President Barbara R. Snyder announced the major new gifts to the School of Medicine. She also gave a heartfelt thank you to other donors for their continued major support of the university.

These gifts build on the fundraising momentum established in 2007-2008, Snyder's inaugural year as president. During that time, supporters donated and pledged $103 million, the third-highest fundraising total in the university's history.

The gifts follow recent announcements of other multi-million-dollar commitments to Case Western Reserve this fiscal year, including a $5 million commitment from the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association; a $3 million from Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata (which attracted an additional $1.5 million anonymous contribution); a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor; a $2 million commitment from the Weatherhead Foundation and the Albert J. Weatherhead III Foundation; and this spring's $7.5 million commitment from Char and Chuck Fowler. Mr. Linsalata and Mr. Fowler are both members of the university Board of Trustees; Mr. Linsalata served as chair from 2004 through 2008.

President Snyder was particularly pleased to announce the creation of four new endowed chairs at the School of Medicine. "It shows that our donors have confidence in our ability to bring together talented researchers to tackle some of the world's most complex questions," President Snyder told the crowd of nearly 300 donors, faculty, students, administrators, and friends. "Research and education is a human enterprise, and I am grateful that the university attracted this investment in our region's knowledge and talent base."

The university's announcement included the following gifts:

  • A $1.5 million gift from the Figgie Foundation to endow the Harry E. Figgie III, M.D. Professorship in Orthopedics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The chair memorializes Harry E. Figgie III, M.D., who died in 1999. Figgie was a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine and an orthopedic surgeon at University Hospitals, specializing in joint replacement.
  • A $2 million gift from the Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation, Inc. renews their commitment to medical education to promote surgical learning through the endowment of a new Center for Surgical Skills Training and the creation of an endowed professorship in honor of Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D., Oliver H. Payne Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
  • A $1.75 million combined commitment to create the Jack H. Medalie Chair in Home-Centered Health Care. Initiated with a challenge grant from an anonymous donor, this professorship has been completed with gifts from additional donors committed to celebrating the legacy of Jack H. Medalie, M.D., M.P.H. The founder of the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, Medalie was a renowned leader in the care of patients at home.
  • A $1.5 million commitment from the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. The commitment, which is designated equally to Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals, will establish the Robert S. and Sylvia K. Reitman Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation at Case Western Reserve's Cardiovascular Center and University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart & Vascular Institute. The gift honors Daniel I. Simon, M.D., the Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at UH Case Medical Center.
  • A $1.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation to support second-phase funding for the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The grant will allow the school to continue to build strength in a field that is a cornerstone of the future of medical care—proteomics, the study of proteins and their changes in disease.
  • A $942,307 grant to the School of Medicine from the John Templeton Foundation to support the work of Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Maria E. Pagano, Ph.D., which focuses on the recovery process of youth and adults afflicted with the diseases of addiction.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 5, 2009 01:59 PM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Campaign, School of Medicine, Support Case, Trustees, news

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