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Robert E Rich Jr Elected Chairman Of Cleveland Clinic's Board Of Directors

Joseph M. Scaminace Elected Vice Chairman

February 8, 2011

Robert E. Rich, Jr., Chairman of Rich Products Corporation, has been elected Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Directors, succeeding past Chairman A. Malachi Mixon, III.

Mr. Rich joined the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees in 2002 and the Board of Directors in 2005, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Board since June 7, 2010. Joseph M. Scaminace – chairman, president and CEO of the Cleveland-based OM Group, Inc. – will replace Mr. Rich as the Board of Directors’ Vice Chairman.

“Bob Rich’s global business experience and his dedication to patient safety and quality initiatives will maintain our long line of distinguished and visionary chairmen,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “The leadership of Mal Mixon has helped guide Cleveland Clinic to where we are today. We greatly expanded under his years as Chairman and owe him a debt of gratitude.”

Mr. Mixon was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1990 and named its Chair in 1997. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992, serving as its chair from 2003 to 2010. In December 2010, he was elected as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

Mr. Rich, as Chairman of Buffalo, New York-based Rich Products Corporation, leads the largest family-owned frozen foods manufacturer in the United States, operating in over 100 countries and generating more than $2.9 billion in worldwide sales revenue.

A baseball, hockey and fishing enthusiast, Mr. Rich also serves as President and CEO of Bison Baseball Inc., Wichita Baseball, Inc., and Jamestown Baseball, Inc., as well as the commissioner of the National Baseball Congress. He’s been inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

During his tenure on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Directors, Mr. Rich chaired the Development Committee from 2005 to 2010, as well as serving on the Emerging Businesses and Governance committees. Has worked closely on regional initiatives and led a successful 2009 fundraising effort.

“In my view, quality and patient safety drive everything we do at Cleveland Clinic,” Mr. Rich said. “I’ve seen firsthand the medical expertise available here. Several of my own family members have received extraordinary, life-altering care at Cleveland Clinic. It just punctuates what a special place this is.”

Mr. Rich intends to continue Cleveland Clinic’s global outreach, while preserving the goal of offering affordable quality care locally.

Scaminace, the newly elected vice chairman, joined the Board of Trustees in 1996 and the Board of Directors in 2000.  He has chaired the Conflict of Interest and Managing Innovations Committee since 2004.

The Board of Directors is the primary governing body of Cleveland Clinic and is responsible for Cleveland Clinic’s operations and affairs. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that Cleveland Clinic is organized, and at all times operated, consistent with its charitable mission and its status as an Ohio nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt charitable organization.

The Board is comprised of dedicated community leaders who serve as volunteers and are not compensated for their services. The Board also includes three physicians who are members of Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Staff.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,100 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2009, there were more than 4.6 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 170,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.

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