The money will fund design plans.
A major eye institute is about to get a lot bigger with help from a $10 million grant award from the Timken Foundation.
To accommodate expanding eye care, research and education needs, the Cleveland Clinic plans to nearly double the size of the Cole Eye Institute, according to a press release. The Timken gift will establish The Louise Timken Ophthalmic Education Center, which will encompass all the educational activities of the Cole Eye Institute.
"Our foundation is committed to supporting high impact projects and quality eye care services are a necessity for America’s aging population," said W.R. Timken Jr. of the Timken Foundation. "We are proud to provide this gift to start the architectural and design plans for the expansion of the Cole Eye Institute to serve its growing patient base."
The Timken Foundation granted $1 million to the Cole Eye Institute in 2013. The Louise Timken Microsurgical Education Lab was constructed and named in honor of the gift. The foundation named the center in honor of Louise Timken, a pioneer in aviation credited with being the first non-military female pilot to own and fly a jet aircraft. Macular degeneration ended her flying career in 1992.
"Through this future expansion we will expand our clinical and surgical capabilities, while enhancing eye research and our educational programs, building upon the phenomenal success of the Louise Timken Microsurgical Educational Laboratory," said Dr. Daniel F. Martin, chairman of the Cole Eye Institute.
Read the full press release