Statement from Hospice of the Western Reserve about Art Modell

William E. Finn, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve, has issued the following statement about Art Modell, who died early Thursday morning at age 87:

"On behalf of our staff and volunteers, Hospice of the Western Reserve extends its deepest sympathy to the Modell family. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude for the instrumental role Art and Pat played in the building of Cleveland's first residential hospice care center, now known as David Simpson Hospice House.

"It was the Modell family's vision that set the stage for the building of our hospice house located on East 185th Street on Cleveland's lakefront," Finn said. "Since its opening in 1995, we have cared for tens of thousands of patients and families at the care center."

Finn added that the Modells provided the energy behind the fundraising campaign for the new house. "Art and Pat were never interested in notoriety for their contributions. They were motivated solely by their desire to provide a home away from home with the finest quality end-of-life care. They worked quietly behind the scenes, calling on their friends and business associates to help make the house a reality."

Two especially noteworthy additions to the house made possible by the Modells are the Meditation Room overlooking Lake Erie, and a Cleveland Browns children's playground on the David Simpson Hospice House grounds.