ATLANTA, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $500,000 grant to help support the Cleveland Clinic Florida's Capital Campaign, which will create a technologically-advanced cancer center to provide holistic supportive care.
"Cox Enterprises has a strong presence in Florida through its automotive, media and broadband communications divisions," said Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz. "We've always stayed true to supporting our employees and the communities where we operate. We're proud that this grant is helping Cleveland Clinic Florida make advanced healthcare services available to our employees and customers in Florida."
As part of the campaign, Cleveland Clinic Florida is constructing a 144,000-square-foot facility in Weston, Fla. that will include a cancer center and expand the Pauline Braathen Neurological Center. The new facility will treat patients with complex cancer and neurological conditions and address complicated brain cancers. Advanced video conferencing technology will connect the physicians with their colleagues around the world as cancer care becomes increasingly global.
"We are so grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation for this generous gift toward Cleveland Clinic Florida's new Cancer Center in Weston," says Cancer Center Director Dr. Steven Roshon. "Our goals are clear: put the patient first; treat the entire patient; offer the best in multidisciplinary and specialty care; advance care through research; and improve access to world-class care. The Cox Foundation gift will directly and positively affect the services we provide for the South Florida community and beyond."
Cleveland Clinic Florida's Capital Campaign is being co-chaired by AutoNation President and COO Mike Maroone and his father Albert Maroone.
"A number of my friends who have been afflicted by cancer have had to travel out of state to get the level of care required to fight for their lives," said Mike Maroone. "It's critical that we step up and do everything we can to offer this level of service here. This is South Florida's greatest medical need and who better to make this a reality than a world-renowned institution with a proven track record and great leadership. Thank you to the Cox Foundation for this generous grant."
Cox Enterprises operates Manheim Ft. Lauderdale, Manheim Palm Beach, Haystak, the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach Daily News, WEDR, WFEZ, WFLC and WHQT in Southern Florida. It also operates AutoTrader.com, Cox Communications and Valpak in Florida, as well as media properties and auto auctions in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa areas.
About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
About the Cleveland Clinic Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has 230 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24 hour emergency department located in the state of the art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked fifth among the 73 best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area in 2013-2014 ranking of best Hospitals metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida's campaign, visit: clevelandclinicflorida.org/campaign.
SOURCE The James M. Cox Foundation