June 29, 2023/Ohio Regional

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital Receives $310,000 Donation to Improve ICU

Estate gift comes from long-time area resident Ronald L. Parton

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Medina, Ohio: Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital recently received an estate gift of just over $310,000 from a 50-year area resident who passed away in August of 2022.

Ronald L. Parton, who owned General Maintenance & Service Corp. on W. Smith Road in Medina, designated the gift to go toward the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where he was treated in 2022.

From left, Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital President Richard Shewbridge, M.D., Danielle Razavi, R.N., Cheryl Wych, and attorneys Robert Bux and Elizabeth Bux stand outside the Intensive Care Unit at Medina Hospital on the day the hospital received a donation from the estate of Ronald L. Parton, who was grateful for the care he received there.

“We are so grateful that Mr. Parton remembered us and the care he received here with such gratitude,” said Medina Hospital President Richard Shewbridge, M.D. “The entire team appreciates the generous gift enormously.”

Parton bought lunch for about 80 hospital caregivers in 2022 as a thank-you gesture but wanted to make a more impactful gift after his death, said Robert Bux, of the law firm Williams and Batchelder, which represented Mr. Parton.

Parton, who was 78 at the time of his death, also left bequests to eight other non-profit organizations, including three in Medina County and one in his childhood hometown of Gatlinburg, Tenn.

“Ron knew he was very ill, and he wanted to help people,” said Bux, who presented the check to the hospital along with Parton’s long-time companion Cheryl Wych. Receiving it were Dr. Shewbridge and ICU Nurse Manager Danielle Razavi, RN, along with Randy Fuerst, director of the Medina Hospital Foundation.

“Ron was a straight-spoken man who had charitable intentions and he would be very pleased to know that these funds have been distributed,” Bux said.

Nurses in the Intensive Care Unit’s governance council will decide how to use the money to improve their unit later this summer, Razavi said.

Fuerst said the bequest was a surprise for the hospital as Mr. Parton did not share his intentions prior to his passing.

“This donation will help Medina Hospital continue to provide excellent care to this community and while we wish we could thank him personally, we are honored to put his generosity to work,” Fuerst said.

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