August 28, 2014

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Birthday celebrated by donating $4M

Ken Cleveland, of Hinckley Township, makes a $4 million donation to the Cleveland Clinic for its Brunswick Family Health Center on Wednesday. Cleveland has developed properties throughout Medina County since the 1960s. The center announced it would name the building in his honor. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Ken Cleveland celebrated his 81st birthday with a gift to the community. He and his wife, Patti, announced their donation of $4 million to the Cleveland Clinic’s Brunswick Family Health Center.

“You can’t take it with you,” Cleveland said after signing the check at presentation ceremonies at the health center Wednesday. “I hope we leave behind something good for the Cleveland Clinic and the residents of Brunswick.”

Cleveland, a Hinckley Township resident and founder of Ken Cleveland Builders, has been known for his many commercial and residential developments throughout Medina County, including Medina, Brunswick and Hinckley.

Cleveland said making the donation to the local health care facility made sense.

Cleveland said he had bladder surgery at the Clinic’s main campus and is now cancer free. He said he and Patti are grateful in many ways for the health care they’ve received through the Cleveland Clinic.

“They’ve done such a great job looking after us,” he said.

Cleveland said his first building developments were in Brunswick and it seems fitting to give something back to the city that helped launch his career.

The money will go toward capital projects at the Brunswick health center, 3574 Center Road, including a $20 million renovation of the emergency room that will double the facility’s size.

The Clinic has announced they would name the center in his honor.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.