FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Lynette Trentini
Development Director
Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region
Northeastern Ohio
216-285-2833
800-245-2275, ext. 6413

 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION'S TRIBUTE EVENT CELEBRATES LEGACY OF ORTHOPAEDIC CARE
October 24 Event Honors Eight Past Academic Orthopaedic Surgery Department Chairs

CLEVELAND - The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio will honor eight past academic chairmen of local academic orthopaedic surgery departments at its Tribute Event – Community Leaders of the Year dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114. The event is celebrating a legacy of orthopaedic care, education and innovation.                                                                        

Those to be honored include: J. Patrick Flanagan, M.D., Summa Health System; Avrum I. Froimson, M.D., Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Victor M. Goldberg, M.D., Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Kingsbury G. Heiple, M.D., Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Kenneth E. Marks, M.D., Cleveland Clinic; Clyde L. Nash, Jr., M.D., St. Luke’s Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center; Buel S. Smith, M.D., Akron General Health System; and Dennis S. Weiner, M.D., Akron Children’s Hospital.

The event’s Honorary Chair is Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., immediate past president of Cuyahoga Community College. Robert D. Saada is the event’s Corporate Chair.

Sponsors include: Cleveland Clinic; Euclid Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital; Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute; Norma Lerner; James and Christine Berick; Crystal Clinic, Inc.; University Hospitals Health System; Medical Mutual of OH; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation; The MetroHealth System; The Huntington National Bank; Zimmer Ohio; Jones Day; Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz PLL; Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP; Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging; Drs. Brendan and Elizabeth Patterson; Akron General Health System; Cuyahoga Community College and Akron Children's Hospital

The event recognizes the significant roles that the eight honorees have had in improving the lives of people with arthritis over careers spanning 50-plus years. Collectively, they have been instrumental in mentoring and training thousands of physicians who have gone on to careers in orthopaedics here and across the globe.

For more information, to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, contact Lynette Trentini, Development Director, at 216-285-2833 or ltrentini@arthritis.org.  Per-person ticket prices are: Patron $500 (includes program listing); and Individual $275.

The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation's leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

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