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Levitetz Family Foundation Gifts $2 Million to Support Orthopaedic Surgery Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida

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August 15, 2017
WESTON, Fla. – August 15, 2017 – The Levitetz Family Foundation and Jeff Levitetz, philanthropist and longtime supporter of Cleveland Clinic Florida, has made a $2 million gift for Cleveland Clinic Florida’s nationally ranked Orthopaedic Surgery Department. His gift is being recognized with the naming of The Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the highest ranked orthopedics program in Florida by U.S. News & World Report, in appreciation of his significant contribution to orthopaedic research and development, caregiver training and patient care initiatives.
 
“We are incredibly grateful for the support Jeff has shown to Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our donors make it possible to continue innovating and provide advance training for our caregivers that further Cleveland Clinic Florida’s patient-centered care model and help us achieve clinical excellence.”
 
As founder and president of The Levitetz Family Foundation, Levitetz makes charitable gifts to organizations that support children, families, veterans and scientific research, among other areas. In addition to innovations in orthopaedic surgery, his contributions to Cleveland Clinic Florida have also supported the Maroone Cancer Center.
 
“I’m excited and honored that our name will be on the Orthopaedic Department wall here at Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Mr. Levitetz at a recent event featuring an unveiling of the new department signage. “We will continue to be a great custodian for the clinic.”
 
Levitetz graduated from The University of Alabama in 1980. He is the founder and chairman of Purity Wholesale Grocers, a distributor of grocery products and general merchandise that’s listed among one of the nation’s top private companies. Levitetz is also a celebrated athlete who led several U.S. wrestling teams, including the 2004 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman team that competed in Athens, Greece, and served on the board of directors of USA Wrestling. He is passionate about developing youth and has been involved in Florida youth wrestling clubs, established a scholarship fund to help young athletes attend summer wrestling camps, and co-founded the online training program, Handshake University, to help young people build self-confidence and develop leadership skills.
 
About Cleveland Clinic Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has 255 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked #2 among the best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and eighth in Florida in US News & World Report’s 2017-2018 ranking of Best Hospitals metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Evelyn Aria, Marketing Director
ariase@ccf.org, (954) 659-6190

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