University Hospitals has announced a $42 million gift from lifelong Clevelanders Jane and Lee Seidman.
The announcement of the largest gift in the Cleveland-based health system's history launches the public phase of a $1 billion capital campaign and will support construction of a $260 million freestanding cancer hospital, the only in Northeast Ohio and one of twelve in the nation, on the UH Case Medical Center campus. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2011, the 75,000-square-foot facility will have a hundred and fifty beds and bring all facets of UH cancer care together in a single building. In recognition of the gift, the new facility will be named the Jane and Lee Seidman Cancer Center, while the system's integrated network of nine outpatient cancer programs in the region will be called the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.
Seidman — founder of the Motocars Group, one of the nation's largest networks of auto dealerships — is a longtime supporter of University Hospitals and, in particular, the UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, where he and his wife were born. "Jane and I have been fortunate with a successful business and that, coupled with the tradition of giving passed along to us by our parents, has provided us the inspiration to give back," said Seidman. "Cancer has impacted many of our loved ones and we are overjoyed to make this gift that may lead to finding cures for cancer."