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Cleveland Clinic Nursing Receives $1 Million Endowment

Long-time Cleveland Clinic Supporters Samuel and Maria Miller, Endow Nursing Excellence Awards Program

May 10, 2012

Cleveland Clinic’s Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence received a $1 million gift from Samuel and Maria Miller, in recognition of the many exceptional nurses at Cleveland Clinic.

The gift formally establishes the Sam and Maria Miller Nursing Excellence Awards indefinitely, allowing Cleveland Clinic to celebrate world-class nursing care across the health system by honoring and recognizing approximately 95 nurses annually.

“Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been providing monetary support for the Nursing Excellence Awards for several years and, on behalf of Cleveland Clinic Nursing, we are extremely grateful for their generosity,” said K. Kelly Hancock, Interim Executive Chief Nursing Officer for Cleveland Clinic and Chief Nursing Officer for Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. “This remarkable gift is truly touching and will provide the resources needed to continue to celebrate and honor our nurses.”

The Millers have supported Cleveland Clinic since 1983, helping to advance several medical specialties. As co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., Mr. Miller is a long-time Trustee of Cleveland Clinic and a member of the Board of Directors, serving on the community relations and government committees. In 2003, he was honored as a Distinguished Fellow.

For the past 12 years, Mrs. Miller has chaired “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” to benefit the Taussig Cancer Institute. She is a passionate advocate for patients and families and has helped raise $11 million to support the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative.

“My wife and I are honored to support Cleveland Clinic Nursing with this endowment; it’s the least we can do,” Mr. Miller said. “Nurses have unfailing vigor, kindness and generosity and will forever be remembered by their patients. Cleveland Clinic patients will always know how the Cleveland Clinic organization and its nurses have aided them.”

Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of Cleveland Clinic’s 1921 Society and the Medallion Society, societies for those who have given gifts of $1 million or more to Cleveland Clinic and the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Mr. and Mrs. Miller have had a huge impact on Cleveland Clinic through their generous support in so many areas of this organization,” said Joseph Hahn, MD, Chief of Staff, Cleveland Clinic. “I am particularly grateful for this gift because it recognizes the very best of our 11,000 nurses for their incredible achievements and unwavering dedication to our patients.”

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence

The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, 950 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status, the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Cleveland Clinic Main Campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Nursing Institute at

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Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 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 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at Follow us at

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