Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces $100 Million Anniversary Endowment Campaign

Capital campaign will raise funds to safeguard the center’s growth and support its mission in perpetuity

After a decade of neurological achievements, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas is launching a $100 million endowment campaign to support long-term sustainability and serve its mission to deliver world-class treatment and research of brain disease. 

In conjunction with its milestone 10th anniversary, funds raised support continued growth of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to meet the ever-changing landscape of neurological care, including:

  • Flexibility to advance clinical programs for those impacted by brain disease
  • Capacity to pursue cutting-edge research and clinical trials
  • Resources to attract the world’s top clinicians and scientists
  • Ability to offer community education and patient and caregiver support services at no cost
  • Infrastructure to train neurological leaders of the future

“A decade of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was made possible through generous donors who believed in our mission, and now we are calling on them again to help us set our sights on long-term sustainability,” said Larry Ruvo, founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Insurance reimbursement rates do not fully support the amount and quality of care we provide, so we are fueled by the power of philanthropy. We truly believe that what happens in Las Vegas will change the world and ask the public to be a part of it by donating to our cause.”

Since partnering with Cleveland Clinic in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, supported by philanthropy from Keep Memory Alive, has earned a global reputation for diagnosing and treating devastating brain diseases while integrating research and education at every level. To date, it has:

  • Facilitated more than 165,000 patient visits
  • Conducted 70 clinical trials to advance new therapies toward FDA approval
  • Published 525 scientific papers advancing neurological research
  • Provided 41,000 support service visits to patients and families at no cost
  • Spent 55,000 hours training the next generation of medical professionals

A complete list of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s no-cost caregiver support services and upcoming educational events open to the community can be found at KeepMemoryAlive.org/caregivers-community.

“We’ve made great strides in both the research and treatment of brain disease that have changed the medical landscape in Las Vegas and beyond. While we are immensely proud of what we have accomplished thus far, we are hopeful of what we can do in the future and will use this endowment to turn our vision into a reality,” says Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., director of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “The funds secured will be used to support new research, hire brain health leaders, and fund comprehensive patient and caregiver support services.”

Las Vegas has been a supportive environment, with the community engaging to drive awareness of Nevada’s expanding healthcare climate. Recently, Vegas PBS’ “The Power of Love: The Story of Lou Ruvo and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health” won a Gold Telly Award for best original documentary. The prestigious award honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

For more information about the endowment and other opportunities to support Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Nevada or email DonateNevada@ccf.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.