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Randy Fuerst
Executive Director

Randy Fuerst has served Medina Hospital Foundation since 2011 coming to Medina from the Philanthropy Institute on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. He is responsible for the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of the foundation’s fundraising efforts on behalf of Medina Hospital.

He and his family have lived in Medina since 2004 and he is on the boards of Alternative Paths, Main Street Medina and the Medina County Estate Planning Council. He is a member of Leadership Medina County class of 2015.

Linda Kern
Foundation Assistant

Linda has worked in the Foundation since 1996, connecting friends of the Hospital, volunteers, Hospital Caregivers and members of the Board to the mission of the Foundation. She and her husband have lived in Medina for nearly 40 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Ellen Hunter
Chair, Board of Directors

Ellen is a vice-president/co-owner of Hunter Insurance Agency, Inc. in Medina with her husband Dan.  An active civic volunteer, Ellen currently serves on the board of the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund and Medina Summer Reinforcement Program.  Ellen is also an Associate Member of the Women's Advisory Board for her alma mater, the College of Wooster, from which she graduated as a phi beta Kappa with a BA in German.  A graduate of Leadership Medina County, Ellen has been a Medina resident since 1981 and has two grown children, Evan and Leah.  Ellen has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2016.

Board of Trustees

  • William Hutson, Vice Chair
  • Donielle Finding, MSN, MBA, Secretary
  • Ron Plazek, Treasurer
  • Russell Corwin
  • Mayor Ron Falconi
  • Terry Grice
  • Jarrod Long
  • Don Miksch
  • Vicky Nann
  • Ann Salek
  • Catherine Sheridan, MD
  • Vicky Snyder
  • Honorary Life Member - Ed Hall
History of Medina Hospital Foundation

History of Medina Hospital Foundation

Medina Community Hospital opened on October 22, 1944. The hospital was originally the four-bedroom home of the Theodore Weidner family. In 1936, the Weidner's youngest son was stricken with a serious illness requiring round-the-clock medical attention. Mr. Weidner then vowed that if his son recovered, he would sell the house for conversion into a hospital. A group of public-spirited Medina citizens helped that pledge become a reality by starting a fundraising campaign to buy and convert the home. Since 1944, Medina Hospital has endured thanks to the personal investment of many in Medina County and others who have been touched by the hospital’s care. The non-profit hospital began as Medina Community Hospital, then transitioned to Medina General Hospital, and is proudly now Medina Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital.

To ensure this rich history of community-supported healthcare would continue, the Medina Hospital Foundation was created in 1991, through the vision of community leaders serving on the Board of Directors of Medina General Hospital along with the hospital’s Administration. Both groups cited the growing population of Medina County and the growing demands on the healthcare delivery system as catalysts in initiating this effort. These concerns have proven to be true and are perhaps even more valid today.

The Foundation serves to provide a vehicle to gather, accumulate and judiciously disburse the community’s charitable gifts to the hospital for local patient care. William H. Kelly, a hospital Board member at that time and one of the original Foundation Board members, provided the first individual gift of $10,000. Mr. Kelly continues as an Honorary Foundation Board member today.

The Foundation has a Board of Directors, different from that of Medina Hospital, that has general supervision and charge of the operation, property, affairs, and finances of the Foundation while ensuring that donors’ intentions are followed.

Over the Foundation’s history, we have received many gifts from individuals, businesses and civic organizations resulting in distributions to Medina Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, totaling over $12 million to implement a wide variety of projects.