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From left, the late Joseph C. Mandel, Morton L. Mandel, the late Jack N. Mandel. 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has donated $23 million to Cleveland Clinic, where the gift will be used to create The Mandel Global Leadership and Learning Institute.

The institute will start a program focused on leadership and preparing leaders from around the world to resolve future issues in health care. It also creates the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Global Leadership and Learning Pathway training initiative, which will be housed within the institute, where top Cleveland Clinic caregivers will develop skills to prepare them for future executive leadership roles throughout the hospital.

Leadership is an interest of Morton L. Mandel and according to the Mandel Foundation website, the organization’s “most important goal” is developing leaders. Mandel also wrote a book, “It’s All About Who You Hire, How They Lead,” which will be incorporated into the training programs at the institute.

“I am delighted to continue our foundation’s partnership with the Cleveland Clinic,” said Mandel in a statement. “Our foundation believes that a commitment to developing exceptional leaders, an ethical culture and a strong commitment to values will result in a more successful organization and through such leaders, stronger and healthier communities worldwide.”

The Mandel Foundation has given a total of $35 million to Cleveland Clinic. Its gifts have helped produce the Morton L. Mandel Chair for Urologic Cancer Research at the Glickman Urological Institute; the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Preventive Medicine Suite; and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Conference Center at the Health Education Campus on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

Dr. Brian Bolwell, chair of the Taussig Cancer Institute and executive director of physician leadership for Cleveland Clinc and the Mandel Institute, said the Mandel Foundation’s gift will let the clinic take its leadership development programs “to a dramatically higher level.” He said he didn’t think it was possible to overstate the importance of leadership in any industry, especially healthcare.

“I think to frame it, there’s a lot of literature about leadership and what leadership means and how important it is in business and industry, but there’s very little about leadership in health care and medicine, that represents an opportunity,” he said.

Gina Cronin, chief talent officer for Cleveland Clinic, said the 12,000 square feet of space at the institute will be used for teaching, coaching, running simulations and the upcoming Mandel Pathway. She said the Pathway is designed for training leaders for the top of the organization, with 100 or so enrolled, however they will be in cohorts, so not all will be going through the Pathway at the same time, providing a constant supply of leadership. She said she expects the Institute to be ready by the first quarter of 2020.

She also said having agile leaders who are able to inspire their teams are crucial.

“Health care is at a pivotal point right now,” Cronin said. “I’ve been in health care for 25 years and the pace of change is dizzying.”

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