The Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, is mourning the loss of David Klein, a philanthropic supporter of Jewish Hospital.
David was a stalwart member of the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation board. Thanks to his guidance, the Foundation achieved some key accomplishments including surpassing its $24 million goal in “A Brighter Future, One Life at a Time” comprehensive campaign. Additionally, David was instrumental in creating the Cancer Patient Resource Fund, which helps cancer patients navigate through the maze of services necessary on their road to recovery.
The Klein family has played a significant role in the history of Jewish Hospital. David’s great uncle, Harry J. Klein, a long-time trustee of the former Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, was active in the campaign to build the new Jewish Hospital in the 1940s and served as board president 1956-1959. David’s father, Bert Klein, provided essential financial advice and counsel during his a 22 years as a trustee. During Bert’s tenure, Jewish Hospital emerged as a Kentucky healthcare leader. Many medical milestones were achieved by the hospital during this time in organ transplantation and cardiac surgery. The commitment of Bert and his wife, the late Elaine Klein, to Jewish Hospital is further reflected by their philanthropic support. In 1989, they funded the creation of the Klein Neuroscience Center at
Jewish Hospital, where for more than two decades excellent care has been provided to people from this community and beyond. And in 2007, the Bert and Elaine Klein Pavilion at Frazier Rehab Institute opened for patients needing rehabilitation from neurological disorders. Bert then handed the leadership baton to avid, who began the third generation of Kleins who have served on Jewish Hospital boards.
“The Klein family’s legacy is so important to the Jewish Hospital,” said Sherri Craig, vice president, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to David for enhancing the health for our patients. The Klein family is in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn his loss.”
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