A New Generation of Philanthropists

Gert and Homer Chisholm

"This generation of the Chisholm family has strong emotional ties to UH, and we are so happy to give back to this wonderful institution in our community."
-Gert and Homer Chisholm

The Chisholm family and University Hospitals are bound by history and passion, with a relationship that dates back to the hospital’s founding. Henry Chisholm, family patriarch and one of the founders of Cleveland’s first steel mill, was on the hospital’s first board in 1866. Over the course of more than 150 years, the Chisholm family has served as board members, volunteer leaders, benefactors and advocates. This now includes Henry’s great-great-great grandson, Homer D. W. Chisholm and his wife, Gertrude Kalnow Chisholm, who are continuing the Chisholm connection to UH.

In keeping with the family's long-standing philanthropic spirit, Homer and Gert have made generous contributions to UH that are making an impact today and are also leaving a personally meaningful legacy. "This generation of the Chisholm family has strong emotional ties to UH, and we are so happy to give back to this wonderful institution in our community," said Gert.

In 2011, Homer was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. He praised head and neck surgeon Chad A. Zender, MD, UH Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, UH Cleveland Medical Center, and the staff at all levels for their expertise and positive attitudes.

Soon after, their son, Reid, experienced a traumatic esophageal injury and benefitted from the compassionate and personalized attention of Pierre Lavertu, MD, Director, Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology, UH Cleveland Medical Center. In gratitude, the Chisholms established the Reid Chisholm Esophageal Research Fund in honor of their son. "Our family had two major health problems with successful outcomes," said Homer. "We feel blessed and fortunate that we can provide critical support to Drs. Lavertu and Zender to help others now and in the future."

The Chisholms have joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Institute Leadership Council at UH, and recently have become members of the Diamond Legacy Society by designating UH as a beneficiary of their IRA.

If you are inspired to give back due to the special care you received at University Hospitals, please contact our Gift Planning team at 216-844-0433 or make a donation online