Newswise — CLEVELAND – Samaritan Hospital Foundation has awarded an unprecedented $10 million grant to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland County. The gift supplements the Foundation’s annual support of the hospital which averages $2 million each year and promises to impact patient care and services for decades to come.

“Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s investment into the community will expand services at UH Samaritan Medical Center, ensuring patients and families in Ashland and surrounding counties can access the high-quality, compassionate care they need from their hometown hospital,” said UH CEO Cliff A Megerian, MD, FACS, Jane and Henry Meyer Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair.

The supplemental $10 million grant will advance a variety of initiatives to meet growing demand at UH Samaritan Medical Center. Proposed projects being reviewed include: expansion of the hospital’s UH Seidman Cancer Center infusion center; renovation of primary care facilities and surgical space; recruitment of high-caliber physicians and caregivers; and the purchase of new, state-of-the-art imaging equipment.

“UH Samaritan Medical Center is Ashland County’s only hospital,” said Paul R. Myers, Chair, Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. “This community deserves a hometown hospital that reflects the pride, self-reliance and dedication to others that define the people who call Ashland and our neighboring counties home. Our foundation exists to support the mission of the hospital and, with this gift, we are doing our part to ensure local health care needs are met.”

Beyond Ashland County, UH Samaritan Medical Center serves a significant number of patients and families from neighboring Richland, Wayne and other counties. UH community health needs assessments have identified critical health issues in the area, including high rates of chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis; obesity; and mental health issues.

“Continuing the Foundation’s long track record of advocating for community health, the Board enthusiastically approved supplemental funding to address our community’s critical health needs,” said Jack Vanosdall, Vice Chair, Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. “Expanding services and enhancing the patient experience at UH Samaritan will ensure residents don’t have to choose between quality and proximity.”

“Samaritan Hospital Foundation is a trusted community leader in health care philanthropy and we are beyond grateful for their tremendous generosity,” said Sylvia Radziszewski, RRT, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, UH Samaritan Medical Center. “The need here is great; our collective hope is that this wonderful gift will inspire other community members to join in supporting these important initiatives. Together, we can better serve this community.”

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About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of more than 20 hospitals (including 5 joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit