About Us

A Team Committed to Health Equity

Established as the Saint Luke’s Foundation in 1997 as a result of the dissolution of the historic Saint Luke’s Medical Center, the foundation’s mission is to improve and transform the social and physical well-being of individuals and families in the Buckeye-Shaker, Woodhill, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and across Cuyahoga County.

  • Our Mission

    Achieve health equity by addressing social determinants of health for people in neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and throughout Cuyahoga County.

  • Our Vision

    People thrive as a result of living free of racism and poverty and experiencing equitable economic opportunities and conditions that enable them to lead healthier lives.

Our Values

An Enduring Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At Saint Luke’s Foundation, we:

  • Demonstrate and advance fair, just and inclusive policies and practices
  • Act with integrity and transparency
  • Respect, have compassion for and engage our diverse constituencies
  • Build trusting partnerships to leverage resources and achieve better outcomes
  • Take informed risks to discover and deploy innovative, sustainable solutions
  • Hold ourselves and our grantees accountable for evaluating and continuously learning from our shared efforts and results

Our Approach

Addressing Social Factors That Impact our Health

Our strategy is to support organizations that implement sustainable solutions to address health inequities in the Buckeye-Shaker, Woodhill, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and throughout Cuyahoga County.

We actively respond to the needs of the community and collaborate with our board, staff, local leaders, strategy partners, public sector entities, and advocacy organizations to tackle these pressing issues.

Understanding Health Equity

Working Towards Better Health for Everyone

At the heart of the Saint Luke’s Foundation’s purpose is a commitment to health equity. As defined by the Boston Public Health Commission, health equity is achieved when “everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life. It implies that health should not be compromised or disadvantaged because of an individual or group’s race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, neighborhood, or other social condition.”

It’s important to recognize that health equity is influenced as much by social, economic, and physical factors as it is by medical factors. We acknowledge that race stands as the biggest predictor of health disparities. Because of historical, institutional, and structural racism, people of color consistently encounter chronic stress and lower health outcomes across a range of diseases and conditions, compromising the well-being of entire communities. This remains true even when considering other aspects like socioeconomic status, education, individual behavior, and health insurance.

Saint Luke’s Foundation deeply understands the influence of race and racism on health disparities and embraces its role in supporting initiatives that address these issues. We are dedicated to supporting local leaders, backing organizations, and investing in efforts to improve the health of families and children.

We focus our funding on education, financial stability, housing stability and safety, social connections, healthy eating and active living, as well as policy and advocacy, prioritizing the Mt. Pleasant, Woodhill, and Buckeye neighborhoods. Through these efforts, our aim is to close health disparities gaps, provide equitable opportunities, dismantle racism, and champion justice.

View our Health Equity Model

Our Guiding Principles

  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity
  • Health disparities are differences in health among groups of people
  • Health inequities are differences in health that are unfair, unjust and avoidable
  • Overt and implicit racism must be confronted to reduce health and socio-economic disparities


Racial Equity is Health Equity

Equity is achieved when race is not a predictor of individual, organizational, or community success.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation accepts responsibility to advance true equity. We are committed to restoring and sharing power by examining and improving our internal and external processes. Through our work, we will challenge systems to unlock equitable opportunity and promote justice.

Our History

A Track Record of Change


For its 25th anniversary, the Foundation grants $25K to 40 entities in the Buckeye-Shaker, Woodhill, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s.


Timothy L. Tramble Sr. becomes the Foundation's President and CEO.


The Foundation undergoes another strategic planning process, refining its vision and mission.


The Foundation’s 20th anniversary is celebrated, with cumulative grants surpassing $150 million.


SuperStar Awards debut, honoring top direct service staff.


The Foundation relocates to its original site. Anne Campbell Goodman becomes the new President and CEO.


A new grantmaking framework is established. Cumulative grant payments hit the $100 million mark.


The Foundation marks its 10th anniversary with special grants and undergoes a comprehensive strategy redesign.


A milestone $10 million grant is awarded to The MetroHealth System. Grantmaking gets streamlined.


A $1.3 million grant is awarded to the Healthy Kids in Healthy Homes Initiative. The Foundation also joins the Fund for Our Economic Future.


The Foundation revises its mission and sharpens its focus on health, human services, and neighborhood empowerment.


The founding board of trustees receives the Visions of Opportunity Award. Healthy Smiles, a dental sealant program, launches.


Denise San Antonio Zeman becomes Foundation’s President and CEO.


A multidisciplinary think tank forms, leading to the KidsHealth 2020 initiative.


The Foundation focuses on Mt. Pleasant as its inaugural community-building initiative, distributing its first six grants.


Saint Luke’s Medical Center transitions into a for-profit partnership, leading to the birth of Saint Luke’s Foundation. Sam Huston is appointed its first President and CEO.


The Saint Luke’s Hospital Association is formed on Shaker Boulevard near East 116th Street.


Cleveland General Hospital, the precursor to Saint Luke’s Medical Center, is founded.

Annual Reports

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