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Joel and Jodi Adelman

Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Northeast Ohio, University Hospitals Board of Directors member Joel Adelman and his wife, Jodi, made a significant contribution to support the health system’s community response. “As a UH board member, I have been paying close attention to the wonderful work that is being done at our institution,” shared Joel. “I’m actually awed by the care and compassion of our frontline caregivers.”

The UH COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established to help UH provide the vital tools needed to diagnose and treat the coronavirus, to develop interventions to fight the spread of the infection and to support research and clinical trials for treatments.

The Adelman family, who have been touched by cancer in the past, made their donation in honor of Brett Glotzbecker, MD. A renowned quality expert and oncologist recruited from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Dr. Glotzbecker joined UH Seidman Cancer Center last fall as Chief Medical Officer. With Ted Teknos, MD, President and Scientific Officer, UH Seidman Cancer Center, Dr. Glotzbecker will use the gift to study how cancer patients, their caregivers and treatment have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The team has reconfigured our entire workflow to safely deliver cancer care whether it be in the clinic, in the operating room, in the chemotherapy infusion suite or in radiation therapy,” said Dr. Teknos. “These efforts have led to unprecedented innovation and collaboration ensuring the safest possible environment for both our patients and staff.”

University Hospitals is grateful to all individuals and organizations willing to help our caregivers, patients and community during the COVID-19 crisis. Community response and caregiver support funds have been established to support the extensive patient care, medical supplies, research and education needs. 

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