Welcome to Dr. Ted Castele, the New Chairman of the Board of Trustees

We Simply Cannot Operate Alone

WHEN WE WANDER INTO THE exhibit of Juno, the transparent woman, and experience her story of human anatomy, she teaches us about the individual parts and functions of the body - organs and systems of nerves, reproduction, circulation, immunity. But at the close of her 9 minute narrative, when all of the systems light up together, one begins to recognize and appreciate the interdependent nature of the body's internal workings. They simply cannot operate alone.

It is a similar spirit of collaboration and partnership that Dr. Ted Castele shares with the Museum and the community as The Health Museum of Cleveland's new Chairman of the Board. In celebration of the Museum's 60th anniversary he brings gifts of expertise in medicine, business and philanthropy along with innovative approaches to fundraising and programming that will help forge a path for a vibrant future.

Dr. Castele assumed the museum board reins this year following the distinguished service of Herbert E. Strawbridge, who joined the Board in 1975, served as Chairman from 1988 to 1995 and who continues to contribute a depth of knowledge and history as Chairman Emeritus

"Dr. Ted," as he is known by millions of television viewers, embodies health education in his many roles - whether teaching doctors in residency at local hospitals or empowering TV audiences with relevant health information. His health leadership extends far and wide into the community, having held chairman/president positions of more than a dozen esteemed medical organizations. He currently serves on 18 community boards and also serves as chairman of Medical Consultants Imaging Co., Humility of Mary Health Care System, the Ohio Delegation of the American Medical Association and as president of the Cleveland Medical Library Association.

His friendship with the Museum began in 1960 when he assumed responsibility for the Museum's Pollen Count, linking with Lutheran Medical Center and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland. Over the years he has imparted to fellow board members and Museum staff a strong sense of optimism and confidence by helping to envision new possibilities. And he's rolled up his sleeves to devise strategies for getting the job done through past chairmanship of the Development Committee and as a member of the Education, Long-Range Planning, Nominating and Benefit committees.

The museum is honored to have Ted's guidance as we turn the corner into Cleveland's third century of possibilities. Or perhaps like a new baby being born, we're tickled pink!