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October 25, 2022/News Releases

Endowed Fund Will Create the Rich Family Chief Caregiver Chair

$5 million gift to Cleveland Clinic from Robert and Melinda Rich, the Rich Family Foundation and the Dreamcatcher Foundation

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K. Kelly Hancock (seated) with Robert and Melinda Rich

Robert and Melinda Rich, the Rich Family Foundation and the Dreamcatcher Foundation have made a joint gift of $5 million to Cleveland Clinic. The Rich Family Chief Caregiver Chair will be established with the endowed fund and will support key projects and innovative ideas identified by Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Caregiver Officer.

Chief Caregiver Officer K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, will be the inaugural chair holder. As the Cleveland Clinic’s first Chief Caregiver Officer, Dr. Hancock is focused on the strategic development and alignment of all aspects of caregiver experience and engagement.

“My mother, Janet, was a remarkable caregiver in her own right and received exceptional care at Cleveland Clinic in 1989,” said Bob Rich, senior chairman of the Rich Family Foundation. “Since then, our family has only been awed by the Clinic’s dedication to provide unmatched care for thousands of families worldwide. We could not think of someone more deserving to serve as inaugural chair holder than Kelly Hancock who so deeply embodies the values of Cleveland Clinic.”

Inspired by Cleveland Clinic’s creation of the Chief Caregiver Officer role in 2020, the Riches sought to support this leadership position. They understood the importance of fostering a desirable and engaging caregiver experience and its impact on the delivery of world-class patient care. Annually, the fund the Riches have endowed will provide resources that the Chief Caregiver Officer can use to advance priorities, innovate and pursue opportunities as they arise.

“It is such an honor to be named the inaugural holder of the Rich Family Chief Caregiver Chair, and I am grateful for the foundation’s support,” Dr. Hancock said. “It takes talented and dedicated caregivers to bring our mission to life. Our caregivers are our greatest asset and I look forward to advancing key initiatives to support, engage and enhance their experience through these funds.”

Robert Rich joined Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Trustees in 2002, serving on numerous committees and task forces. He was selected as the board’s chairman in 2011 and named emeritus chair in 2019.

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