An angel donor has made a $1.195 million gift to Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital, with the funds earmarked to enhance how patients and their families experience care at the hospital.

This is the largest gift that Clermont Hospital has received in its 47-year history. This gift comes as a result of the donor’s strong relationship with internal medicine provider Dr. Param Hariharan and desire to invest in the high-quality care being delivered in Clermont County.

“It’s fitting that Clermont Hospital, which was founded in 1973 thanks to a $250,000 gift left in an estate from successful real estate developer and Bethel, Ohio native Edmund Glenn Burke, is the beneficiary of this very generous gift,” said Clermont Hospital President Shane Knisley. “Keeping access to quality health care local, now and in the future, is important to the donor. This gift will allow us to enhance the healing environment in which we provide compassionate care. Additionally, this gift supports our welcoming environment for the people who call Clermont County and its surrounding communities home.”

“This donor is grateful for the care they and their family have received at Clermont Hospital and feels blessed to be able to ‘pay it forward’ to help care for others. We are excited about the work we’ll be able to accomplish to enhance the experience of everyone who provides or receives care in our hospital. And it’s all because of this generous gift,” said Tricia Mullins, Senior Gift Officer, Mercy Health Foundation – Cincinnati.

The donor’s gift is funding:

  • Replacement of furniture in 52 patient rooms, including new sofas, recliners, laptop tables, bedside cabinets and overbed tables
  • Purchase of 62 Hercules Patient Repositioners - these automated repositioning devices installed on hospital beds lessen the need for clinicians to manually readjust patients' posture, reducing workplace injuries and increasing patient satisfaction

Additionally, together with a match from Mercy Health, the donation will fund the renovation of the Wound Care Center, who has cared for the Angel donor’s family for many years. This angel donor joins many other generous donors to close the remaining gap to build the Linda Thacker Healing Garden, an outdoor healing area for the inpatient behavioral health unit.

Work on these projects is expected to begin before the end of the year.

“This angel gift is a demonstration of the power of gratitude shown through giving that supports improving outcomes for everyone who comes through our doors seeking high-quality healthcare. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to support holistic healing, mind, body and spirit.” Jon Labbe, President, Mercy Health Foundation – Cincinnati.

The Mercy Health – Cincinnati Foundation supports the transformation of health outcomes by inspiring philanthropic partnerships and investments that advance the faith-based patient care and health services of Mercy Health Cincinnati. To learn more, contact the Foundation at or 513-869-5069.