In 1932, Vero Beach was a sleepy seaside village with unpaved streets. The nearest hospital was 70 miles away. Determined to bring healthcare to the community, a young nurse invested hard work and $22,000 of her own money to transform a Dixie Highway hotel into a 21-bed hospital. Garnett Lundsford Radin started the facility that eventually became Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
Realizing that donor support was necessary to help the hospital thrive, the Indian River Hospital Foundation was chartered in the 1940s. Radin's personal investment started a legacy of giving back to the community. In 2019, the not-for-profit Foundation became known as Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation to reflect continuing support of the renamed Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
Since 1998, the Foundation has transferred more than $120 million to CCIRH for capital improvements and programs. The tremendously successful 21st Century Campaign began in 2004. Ultimately raising $52 million against a $50 million goal, the campaign profoundly impacted the hospital with the opening of the Welsh Heart Center and other new spaces.
And the transformation continues. The Campaign for Excellence in Cancer Care raised $49.5 million against a $48 million goal funding the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center which opened in late 2015. The Endoscopy Expansion Campaign followed in in March 2017 and fulfilled a challenge goal in just eight weeks to fund the $6.15 million project. The Scully Endoscopy Center opened in early 2018. Most recently, generous donors made it possible to advance stroke care at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. We surpassed our goal of $10.5 million in just nine months, and the Scully Interventional Neurology Suite opened in early 2020.
Radin could never have imagined the level of sophistication that defines CCIRH today. Her philanthropic spirit remains alive in generous donors who make it possible to have the best of care, available right here in our community.
Achievements Through Donor Support
- Post Chapel
- Emergency Department
- Welsh Heart Center
- Sheridan Intensive Care Unit
- Waxlax Recovery Room
- Patient Pavilion
- Scully-Welsh Cancer Center
- Scully Endoscopy Center
- Chaplaincy Program
- Patient Advocate Program
- Clinical Excellence Awards
- Nurse and Employee Education Fund
- Scully Interventional Neurology Suite