UH reaches $1 billion campaign goal

UH reaches $1 billion campaign goal

A monumental gift helps University Hospitals reach its $1 billion campaign goal.  The hospital announced a $32.5 million gift from the Rainbow Foundation propelled them.

The goal is part of the health system's Discover the Difference Campaign.  UH says it reached its goal one year earlier than expected.  As a result, the health system is expanding the fundraising campaign to $1.5 billion, the largest campaign in the history of Northeast Ohio.

The $32.5 million gift is the largest in the 125-year history of UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

In a statement released Wednesday, UH says the money will be used to respond to the growing community health care needs.

"The reason we have chosen this new goal is singular: Our community needs us," said UH Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. Zenty III.  He continued, "The additional $500 million we seek will help University Hospitals respond to great opportunities to meet the growing health care needs of our communities and to create a more vigorous, prosperous Northeast Ohio."

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