Founder of digital book platform OverDrive donates $7.5 million to University Hospitals

Founder of digital book platform OverDrive donates $7.5 million to University Hospitals
The Potashes made a $7.5 million donation to University Hospitals to create a maternity and newborn center in Beachwood. (Source: Roger Mastroianni)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Steve and Loree Potash have made a $7.5 million donation to University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center to establish a center for women and newborns.

The center will be part of the second phase expansion at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.

It will provide maternal-fetal care and labor and delivery services with care from UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s and UH MacDonald Women’s hospitals to the eastside, according to a UH media release.

“UH’s patient-first approach deeply resonates with our family and our values,” said Loree. “We are proud to support UH and to have our name on this remarkable new center, which will benefit families throughout our community. As parents and grandparents, we can think of no better gift to our community than a state-of-the-art home for mothers and babies.”

Steve Potash, a member of the UH Board of Directions, is the president and CEO of OverDrive, a digital platform for eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital media that works with libraries, schools and colleges, and governmental agencies.

Loree Potash was an academic librarian, practiced law, and held multiple positions at OverDrive before retiring.

The couples three children currently lead the business, according to the release.

The Potash Women & Newborn Center will deliver an estimated 2,400 babies every year and will include a surgical suite and neonatal intensive care unit.

The Potash’s gift will also launch a literacy program that will send newborns and their families home with their first collection of baby-friends board books and information on healthy parenting and resources available through the local public library.

“Loree and I are dedicated to a world enlightened by reading and improving literacy rates and this program will increase community awareness of and access to books and learning,” said Steve. “More than 10,000 babies are born across the UH system each year – with this program, we hope to spark a love of reading early in children and educate families about the tremendous, free access they have to books and resources through the library system.”

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