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Despite Pressure, Cleveland Clinic Will Hold Annual Fundraiser At Trump Resort

Aug 12, 2017

Credit my.clevelandclinic.org

A leading U.S. hospital says it won't move its annual fundraiser away from a Donald Trump resort despite pressure from health professionals and others over the president's support for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The Cleveland Clinic says donors and hospital executives in Ohio and Florida reviewed the request and decided against changing the venue. A spokesperson says the event in February isn't political and the hospital has other ways to advocate for patients. A public letter signed by more than a thousand doctors, nurses, medical students and other Ohio residents raised concerns about the nation's second-ranked hospital patronizing a Trump business. A Columbus cardiologist who signed it says Cleveland Clinic is a thought leader in medicine and Trump's support for repealing the ACA goes against its core principles of supporting science, research and integrity.