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Longtime donor honors our exemplary leader with an innovation fund

Providence Holy Cross donor Mark Kadzielski, Esq., established the Mark Kadzielski Chief Executive Innovation Fund in honor of Holy Cross chief executive Bernie Klein, M.D. This Named Restricted Fund gives Dr. Klein resources for new programs, equipment, technology or pilot projects that accelerate the growth of an area of clinical care.

An annual Providence Holy Cross donor for 40 years, Mark jumped at the chance to create a fund to support and recognize a leader he’s long admired. In a speech made during a leadership meeting at which the fund was announced, Mark shared an eloquent alliteration he wrote for the occasion.

“Bernie exemplifies the seven best characteristics of health care leaders,” Mark said. “He’s a multifaceted, multitalented manager who’s ministering to the mission and the margin and, yes, the medical staff. He’s the best of the best, and I’m proud to honor him.”

A partner at BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, Mark has spent the last four decades providing legal guidance to Providence Holy Cross and multiple hospitals, medical staffs and health care providers. “I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of health care leaders in hospitals all across the country,” Mark shares, “and I can tell you that Holy Cross is at the top of my list of best hospitals in Los Angeles. It’s always been a top-notch health care facility, and Bernie’s leadership has made it even better.”

Opening doors to innovation

An institution at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since 2005, Dr. Klein is gratified that Mark’s gift will provide funding for innovations not possible without donor support. “This innovation fund will open doors for us to test and try new things,” he says. “For example, I was approached by two of our ER doctors with an idea for offering palliative care to people in the ER who are at the end of life. Without the innovation fund, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

A dedicated leader with a humble heart, Dr. Klein is grateful for Mark’s generosity. “The fact that Mark established this innovation fund in my name means the world to me,” he says. “Mark is a phenomenal partner who’s supported us for decades, both professionally and personally. Thank you to Mark and all our donors who support us in providing exceptional care with compassion.”

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