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Community West Honors Retired Couple With 2015 Art of Caring Award

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Thu, Oct 15, 2015


As author Nelson Henderson once said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

The winners of our 2015 Art of Caring Award truly embodies this saying, both literally and figuratively. Each year, Dr. James and Lois Magisano plant a tree on the Mirror Lake farm where they first met, leaving a visible legacy. The couple has also built a legacy in many other ways. We recently honored them with a special tribute at this year’s Legacy Society dinner, hosted at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility.

A Lifelong Devotion to Patient Care

Dr. Magisano’s long career in medicine included service in the military, where he was Chief of Surgery at the 98th General Hospital in Neubrucke, Germany. After completing his service in 1964, he returned to Cleveland and met Lois at Fairview Hospital, where she worked as a nurse.

Dr. Magisano worked as a surgeon at Fairview Hospital for more than three decades, serving countless patients. As Chief of General Surgery, his clinical and educational skills, combined with his compassion, made him a favorite among his colleagues. His tireless commitment to the hospital and dedication to training the next generation of physicians led him to become the first physician appointed to the hospital’s Board of Trustees, where he is now a lifelong member.

Magisano has received numerous awards throughout his career, including Physician of the Year and Clinical Teacher of the Year in Surgery.

Lois served as the clinical supervisor of the Intensive Care Unit at Fairview Hospital for 11 years and played a major role in planning the expansion of the ICU in 1975. Her colleagues recall her professionalism, compassion and dedication to patient care.

Commitment to Philanthropy

The Magisanos continue to support many charitable causes in the community. They founded “Club Med” at Community West Foundation, a group committed to engaging retired physicians in philanthropic efforts. They also created a Donor Advised Fund in their name that has given grants to many organizations, including Community West Foundation, the Catholic Community Foundation, Catholic Charities, North Coast Health, the Fairview Hospital Moll Cancer Center and several area schools and churches.

They are members of Community West Foundation’s Legacy Society, which recognizes our most generous benefactors.

Volunteer Work

The Magisanos are active parishioners at St. Angela Merici Church in Fairview Park, where they are generous with their time and talents. Lois has been involved in numerous fundraising events at Fairview Hospital and served as a member of the Medical Staff Auxiliary Board. Today, she shares her passion for horses by serving on the board of directors for the Ohio Morgan Horse Association.

Together, the couple have devoted countless hours to local 4-H clubs and Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops over the years. They continue to welcome these youth groups to their farm for hands-on learning opportunities and love inviting friends and family members over to enjoy it as well.

Though they’ve maintained a busy schedule long after officially retiring from Fairview Hospital, the Magisanos always find time for their children, Gina and Jimmy; son-in-law Dan; and grandchildren Addison, Olivia and Xavier.

We at Community West Foundation are honored to have a long-standing relationship with the Magisanos, who inspire all of us to give more of our time, talents and treasures.

If you have been thinking about the legacy you want to leave, Community West Foundation can help make it easy with a Donor Advised Fund, which is similar to a charitable savings account. It offers the freedom and flexibility of having your own foundation without the administrative hassles. To learn more about the advantages of a Donor Advised Fund, download this quick guide or contact us today.