A longtime Western Reserve Hospital volunteer has been honored for his service by a Northeast Ohio business publication.
Bob Earley has been named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Health Care Hero. Earley is a longtime member of the Western Reserve Hospital Service Excellence team, serving as a volunteer to help patients and guests within the community hospital, located at 1900 23rd St. in Cuyahoga Falls.
"I am truly blessed to volunteer at Western Reserve Hospital," said Earley. "Many people tell me how wonderful it is to do this and give back, but the truth is, I get much more joy and satisfaction from the hospital than what I give."
Earley, an Aurora resident who grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, is known for his summer concert series, Rockin’ on the River, which moved to Lorain in 2015 after 28 years in Cuyahoga Falls. For the last 12 years, Earley served as promoter.
He has also been credited with reviving the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, and is well-known for his work as a former talk radio show host on Akron’s WNIR 100 FM and for operating a number of restaurants and clubs in Northeast Ohio for the past 40 years.
Earley has earned several other awards, including: induction into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame; Best Live Music Venue of Lake Erie by Lake Erie Living Magazine; Volunteer of the Year by Western Reserve Hospital; and Business Person of the Year by the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Earley made a strong connection with Western Reserve Hospital almost nine years ago when his mother was admitted for care and he spent many hours by her side. After his mother passed away at the hospital, Earley chose to serve the hospital and today volunteers as a greeter.
"Bob Earley absolutely loves volunteering at Western Reserve Hospital and we are all very fortunate to have him here with us," said Wes Wright, manager of patient experience for the hospital. "Through humor and kindness, he connects with our guests in ways that only Bob can. Visitors are always happy to see him and he brings a smile to the faces of many. He is always ready and willing to help others and has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. Bob is a real health care hero and I feel that he has truly earned this well-deserved recognition."
Crain’s Cleveland Business recognizes the dedication, leadership and innovative achievements of Northeast Ohio’s health care community every few years with its Health Care Heroes awards program, showcasing individuals and teams making an impact on patient care, the community and the health care sector.