Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Makes $3 Million Donation to Miami CORE

With an eye toward advancing leading-edge therapies in orthopaedic care, the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation recently made a generous pledge to support Miami CORE (Miami Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education) in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The $3 million pledge will be directed toward research and other academic endeavors at Miami CORE, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those with musculoskeletal disease, find new methods of treatment through research, and train excellent health care professionals. Established in 1997 to support the work of the Department of Orthopaedics, Miami CORE will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

“The pledge will have a significant impact on our musculoskeletal research and education,” said Mark Brown, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Director of Miami CORE, and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedics. “But it’s not just the Foundation’s financial support. It is also Carole’s proactive interest in what that support means, and its impact on people. She is vitally interested in the questions we are asking.”

The latest pledge brings the Foundation’s total giving to Miami Core to $6 million. The gifts are the result of a relationship between Brown and the Ratcliffe family that extends back more than a decade.

In 2003, Philip Ratcliffe sought help finding relief from a near-crippling spinal issue after visiting several other physicians. Brown determined Ratcliffe was battling a spine infection, which he was able to eradicate through surgery and intravenous medications.

“Dr. Brown knew what the issue was where doctors at three other hospitals did not,” said Carole Ratcliffe. “He was able to solve the problem and allow Phil to live a little longer. Miami CORE is truly the unsung hero of the medical profession, and I greatly appreciate all of the people who work there, and what they do.”

In gratitude for saving her husband’s life, Ratcliffe made a gift to allow Brown and his team to continue their cutting-edge research. Thanks to the Foundation’s funding, Miami CORE is continuing to investigate innovative treatments for disc space infections, either following surgery or from blood infections, which includes the development of computerized models that track antibiotics and their effect on the body.

Researchers believe those models will become the standard of care.

“I am exceptionally pleased with how the funding is touching so many people,” said Ratcliffe. “I couldn’t be happier, and I think my husband would be delighted and invigorated with our approach with how we are funding so many organizations.”

The Ratcliffes established their Foundation in 2003 to help boost entrepreneurial education and programs. Phillip Ratcliffe died six years later at the age of 76.

The Foundation was the result of Philip’s long and industrious career that began in business and real estate development. He founded the Metropolitan Maintenance Company and was the owner of the Maryland Management Company for more than 39 years. He was instrumental in developing and funding the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College.

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