Dear Friends of Mt. Sinai:
We take special pride in sharing the Foundation's 2015-16 electronic annual report. It has been a year of remembering what we owe the past and investing in projects that will shape a healthier future for Cleveland.
In the field of academic medicine and bioscience, Mt. Sinai funded translational research for the first time, providing $1 million for the University Hospitals Harrington Discovery Institute to seek faster cures and new disease-specific research partnerships. Construction began on the new Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus, supported by a $10 million "lead" grant from the Foundation.
Our strategic efforts to improve the health of the urban community resulted in a $1.2 million grant to MetroHealth Medical Center to establish a first-ever Nurse-Family Partnership program in Cleveland. Nurse-Family Partnership is the gold standard for maternal-child home visiting programs, with proven lifelong benefits for both mom and baby.
Among its many activities in the Jewish community, the Foundation provided another "lead" grant, this one in the amount of $1 million to build a new pediatric psychiatric hospital at Bellefaire JCB to serve children, including those with autism spectrum disorders, who have nowhere else to go for care.
Working alongside government, Mt. Sinai provided $500,000 to a Cuyahoga County-led public/private partnership to expand universal pre-kindergarten, a $20 million plus initiative. Mt. Sinai's grant will cover the costs of early childhood behavioral health services over a four-year ramp-up period.
Fiscal Year 2015-16 also saw Mt. Sinai host two national meetings: The Jewish Federations of North America's Health and Long-term Care Summit, followed by the Health Research Alliance National Members Meeting of the private funders of medical research. Both meetings were held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, emphasizing Cleveland's role as a medical leader and innovator. The entire Mt. Sinai community took pleasure in a significant award the Foundation received, the coveted Isaiah Award from the American Jewish Committee.
The Foundation ended its fiscal year with a celebration of 100 years of Mt. Sinai's presence in University Circle. The Hospital relocated to 1800 East 105th Street in 1916, the Mt. Sinai site that Clevelanders remember. On June 22, 2016, the day of the Cavs' victory parade, the Mt. Sinai family gathered at the Western Reserve Historical Society for the Foundation's annual meeting and a "white glove event," a hands-on exhibit of Mt. Sinai's historical artifacts. In honor of this occasion, we invite you to read an interactive popular history of the hospital by clicking here. Of special interest is Chapter Five, which highlights the medical accomplishments of Cleveland's Jewish-sponsored hospital and its role in the development of Cleveland's long-recognized health care sector.
We at the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation have the great privilege and awesome responsibility of preserving and extending Mt. Sinai's mission into the future. May our grantmaking continue to reflect the superior care and concern for the human condition that were the hallmarks of our predecessor institution. And may we always be worthy to bear the name Mt. Sinai.