Upper Chesapeake Health's Ambulatory Care Center in Bel Air has been named after long-time Harford County philanthropists Shirley and Ralph Klein, the medical system announced Tuesday.
It will be called the Klein Ambulatory Care Center.
According to the announcement, the naming is a result of the "extraordinary generosity of the Klein family to UCH over the years and, most recently, to its most recent fundraising effort Hope and Healing Close to Home: The Campaign for The Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health."
The naming will officially take place at a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 8. Upper Chesapeake's ambulatory care center is part of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus that opened in 2000.
According to a news release, the Hope and Healing Campaign is a $17.5 million fundraising effort focused on establishing The Patricia D. And M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center, scheduled to open later this fall; enhancing current services and programs, including Cancer LifeNet, a navigation and support service funded entirely through philanthropy; and endowing oncology care for the future.
Shirley Klein served as a member of the Upper Chesapeake Health Board of Directors from 1993 to 2004 and as chairperson of the UCH Foundation Board of Directors from 1995 to 2001 and was also a member of the foundation board from 1993 to 1995. She is an emerita member of the board.
"Shirley Klein has been a great advocate for high quality and accessible health care in Harford County," Lyle E. Sheldon, president/CEO of Upper Chesapeake Health, said in the news release. "She and Ralph are passionate about giving back to the community they love and we are grateful for their leadership, as well as their generosity."
Ralph Klein graduated from Bel Air High School in 1943. He and his parents, Maurice and Sara Klein, operated the same small general store in Forest Hill for nearly 30 years. Since 1979, Ralph and Shirley and their sons, Andrew, Michael and Howard, have grown the business to include seven Klein's Super Markets around Harford and Northern Baltimore counties. Those stores and others in the region managed by the Kleins are now part of the regional ShopRite cooperative.
Andrew Klein has served on the UCH Foundation Board since 2003 and on the UCH hospitals boards since 2004. He has served as chairman of the Upper Chesapeake Residential Hospice House Board of Directors since 2008. Klein is also one of the chairs on the Boards of Directors Division for Hope and Healing, Close to Home: The Campaign for the Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health.
"The Klein family has been an amazing partner in galvanizing community support for Upper Chesapeake Health's expansion in Harford County, but also for leading many of the efforts in fund-raising," Dr. Roger Schneider, chairman of the UCH Board of Directors, said regarding the naming of the ambulatory care center.