By Stacey Bomser
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s nationally ranked orthopaedic surgery department may soon be even better, thanks to a $2 million gift from the Levitetz Family Foundation and Jeff Levitetz.
The gift by the philanthropist and longtime supporter of Cleveland Clinic Florida was recognized with the naming of The Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The naming was in appreciation of his significant contribution to orthopaedic research and development, caregiver training, and patient care initiatives.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support Jeff has shown to Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our donors make it possible to continue innovating and provide advance training for our caregivers that further Cleveland Clinic Florida’s patient-centered care model and help us achieve clinical excellence.”
As founder and president of The Levitetz Family Foundation, Levitetz makes charitable gifts to organizations that support children, families, veterans and scientific research. As a longtime supporter of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Levitetz has made contributions to support the hospital’s Maroone Cancer Center.
“I am excited and honored that our name will be on the Orthopaedic Department here at Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Levitetz during a recent event unveiling the new department signage. “We will continue to be a great custodian for the clinic.”
The Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida treats patients affected by bone, joint or connective tissue disorders. Its specialties include hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery, hip and knee surgery, as well as a foot and ankle surgery.
Jeff Levitetz is the founder and chairman of Purity Wholesale Grocers, a distributor of grocery products and general merchandise. The company is listed among one of the nation’s top private companies.
He is a celebrated athlete who led several U.S. wrestling teams, including a 2004 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman team that competed in Athens, Greece. He has also served on the Board of Directors of USA Wrestling.
In addition to promoting wrestling, Levitetz is passionate about developing youth. He has been involved in Florida youth wrestling clubs and established a scholarship fund to help young athletes attend summer wrestling programs. He also co-founded Handshake University. The online training program helps young people build self-confidence and develop leadership skills.