Annual Report to the Community
and Report on Philanthropy
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An $8 million gift from the estate of Lois Ralls Briggs to the Cleveland Foundation has established two endowed chairs and a discovery fund benefiting neonatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Mrs. Briggs, a longtime Beachwood resident who passed away in 2009, was inspired by a tour of Rainbow’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the 1980s to support the neonatology division through annual giving. Her gift through the William & Lois Briggs Funds of the Cleveland Foundation establishes the William and Lois Briggs Chair in Neonatology (I and II), as well as the William and Lois Briggs Fund for Discovery in Neonatology. The Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation provided matching gifts.
Michele Walsh, MD, Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Rainbow, was appointed to the first chair. The endowed chairs and discovery fund honor Rainbow’s legacy of innovation in neonatology by supporting leading-edge clinical discovery, recruitment and training in Rainbow’s Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.