Elea Mihou Fox, MUP, believes UofL Health is incredibly special because of the major commitment UofL Health has geared toward caring for the underserved. Not only do we provide significant charity care we are advancing cutting-edge care. That’s something she sees that is unique for an academic medical center – to provide innovative care and be so rooted in the community. As vice president of Philanthropy for UofL Health, her role is to increase support for both of those areas.
Elea works with community leaders, patients and organizations to secure grants and donations, and partner on other fundraising efforts. In addition to leading a fundraising team, Elea is a connector between philanthropists and UofL Health’s mission, to share our vision and the impact we have within the community.
Elea has been in the VP role for about a year and a half and was previously executive director of development for Brown Cancer Center. In her first year, she helped launch the employee emergency fund, which has already awarded 11 grants to staff in need.
Her number one goal is to build a culture of philanthropy. Charitable support is increasingly important to health care. “I want UofL Health to be an organization where staff not only make gifts for our mission but truly want to give back. This is a culture of deep pride, connection and personal generosity and it will extend beyond fundraising alone.”
If you’re at a UofL Health event, you’ll likely find Elea there. She spends many weekends and evenings supporting the work of UofL Health and our partner organizations. You might also find her there with her husband, Chris, or kids, ages 12 and 9.
One place you won’t find her is at a karaoke contest. Elea once won a radio station contest for being the worst singer.
If you have questions about the Office of Philanthropy or want to chat about ABC’s latest sitcom, Abbott Elementary, make sure to get in touch with Elea. She would love to talk about how you can give back to UofL Health, or how UofL Health can help you!