Florence and Ron Koetters Are Distinguished Honorees at Sunflower Revolution Benefit

Patient and wife win award from doctor.

Ron Koetters, center, and his wife, Florence, receive the Every Victory Counts Award from John M. Tew, MD

Cincinnati business leader Ron Koetters and his wife, Florence, were honored at Sunflower Revolution VI festivities on Sept. 12 in Milford, Ohio. They were presented with the “Every Victory Counts Award” by John M. Tew, M.D., Clinical Director of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, for their leadership in the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The Sunflower Revolution supports research at the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. The event is a collaboration involving the Institute, the University Hospital Foundation, the Mayfield Clinic, the Historic Milford Association, and the Davis Phinney Foundation, based in Boulder, Colo.

Ron Koetters, who has enjoyed a long career constructing commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, is Chairman and CEO of Monarch Construction Company. In 2007 Monarch was awarded the coveted Construction Excellence Award by the Air Combat Command of the US Air Force for work performed at the National Air and Space Center.

Ron Koetters is currently a trustee of the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum, and he and Florence are active volunteers and supporters of numerous charities. In 2008 Ron Koetters chaired the Sunflower Corporate Steering Committee, helping to raise more than $200,000.

The 2009 Sunflower event included a streetfest, an educational symposium for patients and caregivers that drew more than 700 participants, and bike rides that drew more than 900 cyclists. Barb and Dale Ankenman served as honorary chairs, while Dave Szkutak chaired the Corporate Steering Committee. The presenting sponsor was Cintas.

The Neuroscience Institute, a regional center of excellence at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati, is dedicated to patient care, research, education, and the development of new treatments for stroke, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, trauma, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Mayfield Clinic, which is affiliated with UC’s Department of Neurosurgery, includes 21 neurosurgeons and treats 20,000 patients from 35 states and a dozen countries in a typical year. Mayfield’s neurosurgeons are active participants in important clinical trials and have pioneered surgical procedures and instrumentation that have revolutionized the medical art of neurosurgery for brain tumors and neurovascular diseases and disorders.

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