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Southwest Community Health Foundation

The Southwest Community Health Foundation was started in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization that centralizes all fundraising efforts of Southwest General Health Center. From the beginning of Southwest General in 1920, the spirit of philanthropy has always been part of the backbone that keeps the hospital equipped to serve the needs of our patients and community members.

In the most recent years, the Southwest Community Health Foundation has been able to secure necessary funding for many important projects through the support of our donors, corporate partners, and grant funding. Some of this funding includes:

  • Wayne and Debbie Brassell Brassell Family Gift – Through a gift of $265,000, Wayne and Debbie Brassell are helping to enhance the hospital’s renowned Oakview Behavioral Health Services. This will be accomplished through helping to set up a Peer Support Program to further improve patient outcomes. Also, through an innovative effort in partnership with the Columbia Local School District to help kids cope with the pressures of social media, bullying, record-setting suicide rates, and much more. This gift also is helping expand training and educational opportunities for nurses at Southwest General. Click here for more details.
  • Harding Family Charitable Trust – Through funding from the Harding Family Charitable Trust, Southwest General has been able to retain a new portable Echocardiogram machine. This machine, which can move with ease throughout the entire hospital, allowing patients to remain in his or her room, uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart's chambers, valves, walls and the attached blood vessels.
  • Ron Isgro on bicycleCycling for Hospice – In 2019, Ron Isgro, a Berea resident, embarked on a monumental cross-country bike ride to help raise funds for Southwest General's Hospice Services in memory of his beloved wife, Carol. Through his efforts, Ron raised more than $22,000 for Hospice Services and brought awareness to the extraordinary care and support hospice provides. Click here for more details
  • Community Donations during the COVID-19 Pandemic – From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has changed our lives in ways we never thought possible. But we truly could not have gotten through it together without the care and support from our community members and businesses. Since March 2020, we have received hundreds of meals, snacks, drinks, cards of support, and much more. We cannot thank you all enough! Your generous acts and donations brought continued smiles to our staff, even in the darkest of times. To see a full list of those who donated, click here.
  • Estate Gift – In 2020, Southwest General received a generous estate gift of $800,000 to support Residential Hospice and University Hospital's Seidman Cancer Center at Southwest General. The donor wanted to say “Thank you” for great care received by loved ones, as well as leave a positive impact on the community for years to come. To learn more about Planned Giving, click here or contact us at 440-816-6713.

For general inquires and questions, contact the Foundation at:

Southwest Community Health Foundation
18697 Bagley Rd., C-105
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Main Phone Line: 440-816-6713