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Governor's Awards Spotlight: ProMedica

ABOUT PRomedica | business support large

LOCATION: Toledo | Lucas County

ProMedica is a locally-owned, nonprofit health system providing quality health care services with a mission that drives an integrated wellness delivery system based in the community for 142 years. ProMedica is also the largest local employer in the area with a strong commitment to ensuring that Northwest Ohio is a place where people want to work, live, and play. In fact, the mission of ProMedica – to improve health and well-being – underscores its commitment to community and its leadership’s understanding that the mission must be carried out in every corner of the region, not just within the walls of its healthcare facilities. ProMedica recognizes that the arts are a critically integral part of a healthy community, and they provide generous support accordingly – financially, personally, and organizationally. ProMedica believes the arts are a powerful means to build community among people to strengthen the overall social fabric. Through its sponsorships and grants program, ProMedica supports arts organizations of all sizes in their community and members of ProMedica's executive leadership team serve on advisory boards for many organizations. ProMedica is strong in its commitment to the arts, and looks throughout its organization for non- traditional creative ways to support local artists and arts organizations.

NOMINATED BY:ProMedica Logo Marc Folk | Toledo Area Cultural Leaders | Co-Chair

"ProMedica believes the arts are a powerful means to build community among people to strengthen the overall social fabric. In fact, the Mission of ProMedica- to improve health and well-being- underscores its commitment to community and its leadership’s understanding that the Mission must be carried out in every corner of this region, not just within the walls of its healthcare facilities.”

Marcy Kaptur | U.S. Representative 

“…ProMedica leadership has been key to advancing the City of Toledo’s community development efforts in ways that truly enhance our region’s quality of life. This commitment to community enrichment is evidenced by the organization’s riverfront and downtown revitalization activities, where considerations of creative placemaking and the arts have been integrated into the ProMedica vision and design process.”

Zak Vassar | Toledo Symphony | President & CEO

“ProMedica’s investment has allowed musical excellence to continue in times of financial instability, and it enables quality and service to surge forward in times of financial growth.”

Brian P. Kennedy | Toledo Museum of Art | President, Director, and CEO

“As a further extension of art into the community, ProMedica is supporting a mural project on Monroe Street, which connects the Museum to Downtown Toledo. Recreations of works of art from the Museum’s collection have found homes on the walls of urban buildings as part of this mural project with the theme of Human Landscape.”

Suzanne G. Rorick | Toledo Opera | Executive Director

“In 2015, ProMedica invited staff from Toledo Opera and other arts organizations it partners with to seminars on fundraising training provided by Indiana University’s well-respected Fundraising School, helping us deepen the skillsets of our staffs.”

Marc Folk | The Arts Commission | Executive Director

“…ProMedica is investing in more than $835,000 in public art on their corporate campus and the surrounding city property. It is significant to note that $735,000 of this will be paid to Ohio artists for two major public art projects. In addition, they have dedicated $1.5 million for a riverfront performance venue and have actively engaged local performing art agencies in its design.” 

The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio is a statewide program that showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons, and business support of the arts. The public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations in seven awards categories. A selection committee, made up of Ohio Arts Council board members and three individuals selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts, chooses the winners. The program is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. The 2017 Arts Day & Governor's Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, May 17, noon, at the Columbus Athenaeum. Visit for more details.

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