University Hospitals receives $15M for men's healthcare innovation

Cleveland-based University Hospitals received a $15 million donation to establish a center dedicated to bridging gaps in the way male patients seek and address healthcare needs.

The Cutler Center for Men's Comprehensive Care, named for donors Alexander and Sally Cutler, will be developed by the UH Ventures innovation team. Development will be guided by the principle of "human-centered design," utilizing telehealth, mobile health apps and other patient-facing tools to expand access to care.

"We will address the huge number of men not engaged with healthcare and redefine what men's healthcare will look like," said Lee Ponsky, MD, director of the UH Urology Institute, who will serve as executive director of the new center. "In greater Cleveland, 250,000 less men than women saw a doctor in the last year. We want to find out why, evaluate social determinants of healthcare, develop a model that engages men and bring that number down."

Dr. Ponsky added, "We will bring together primary care and specialists in heart disease, urology, digestive health, mental health, orthopedics and other key specialties to motivate men to receive comprehensive care throughout their lifetime, with the goal of enhancing their quality and longevity of life."

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