People tend to think multi-million-dollar gifts are what makes up medical philanthropy. Healthnetwork Foundation knows that gifts of all sizes are important to physicians and hospitals. Many of our supporters want to make their gifts impactful, but don’t know how to accomplish this.

When we get patients and doctors together, people are motivated and inspired to give back. Having relationships with the teams who are leading medical discoveries is a privilege we share with the families who need them.

Here are some of the ways we support medical advances:


Honoring Physicians

Healthnetwork selects physicians based on feedback from grateful patients and supporters. As a Healthnetwork Service Excellence Award recipient, each physician or medical researcher receives a donation to be applied towards their research or clinical activities, and attends a dinner hosted by Healthnetwork in their honor.

To date, Healthnetwork has contributed over $1.3M in Service Excellence Awards towards the vital research of physicians in over 30 medical specialties.

See all of the physicians honored with our Service Excellence Award

2020 Service Excellence Award Recipients

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William Barrett, MD

Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology; Director, UC Cancer Institute

UC Health Medical Center | Cincinnati OH

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Richard A. Lewis, MD

Director, Electromyography Laboratory; Neuromuscular Disorders/Neurology

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Los Angeles CA


Ronac Mamtani, MD, MSCE

Medical Oncologist – Bladder Cancer

Penn Medicine | Philadelphia PA


Daniel Sullivan, MD

Director, National Consultation Service

Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland OH


Manisha Thakuria, MD

Director, Merkel Cell Carcinoma Clinic

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center | Boston MA

2020 Service Excellence | COVID-19 Focused Donations


Keith B. Armitage, MD, MACP

Medical Director, Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health

University Hospitals | Cleveland OH

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Paul Auwaerter, MBA, MD

Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Johns Hopkins Hospital | Baltimore MD

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Steve Gordon, MD

Chairman, Department of Infectious Disease

Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland OH

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David L. Reich, MD

President and Chief Operating Officer

The Mount Sinai Hospital | New York NY


Atul Mehta, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland OH

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E. John Wherry, PhD

Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology & Translational Therapeutics; Director, Institute for Immunology

Penn Medicine | Philadelphia PA

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Honoring Hospital Caregivers

Healthnetwork’s Exceptional Care Awards are presented annually to recognize hospital staff who share in our mission to provide exceptional care and attention to all Healthnetwork supporters.

Healthnetwork celebrates their dedication and outstanding service with a donation to support their department operations.

Honoring Those Who Make a Difference Every Day

2020 Exceptional Care Award Honorees

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Rachel Greenlee

Patient Concierge

Penn Medicine | Philadelphia PA


Kerin Howard, RD

Director of International

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Boston MA

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Cecilia Patino, RN, BSN

Clinical Coordinator

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Los Angeles CA

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Melissa Richmond

Client Specialist, Corporate Relations

Johns Hopkins Hospital | Baltimore MD

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Zoë Zelazny, MA, MSN, BA, RN

Nurse Manager

Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland OH

Joining with our Supporters in Their Philanthropy

In 2017, the Stamps Family and Healthnetwork donated $500K to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Baptist Health South Florida. Philanthropists Penny and E. Roe Stamps, IV, are regarded as among the biggest supporters of higher education in the U.S. In 2017, their charitable interests broadened to healthcare after a brave and personal battle with cancer.

Philanthropists Donate Heartfelt Gifts

In 2018, the Minoff Family, including longtime Healthnetwork supporter Barry Minoff, pledged an eight-figure gift to the University Hospitals of Cleveland in honor of the wonderful care they have received over the years.

Clevelander and His Family Make Transformational Gift

Several Healthnetwork donors, including Dave Herche and Richard Seaman, joined Healthnetwork in donating a total of $500K in 2018 to support research by two of Cleveland Clinic’s finest physicians: Lars G. Svensson, MD, PhD, and Eric Klein, MD, and their #1 ranked programs.

Two #1 Programs Honored with Gifts Totaling $500K