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Woman who dealt with rude doctor gives $2 million donation

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A woman who got bad news from a rude doctor has left nearly $2 million dollars for the Medical College of Ohio to teach its students better bedside manners.

New York psychotherapist and Toledo native Ruth Hillebrand died of cancer more than ten years ago. School officials say her doctor called her and told her she had a terminal form of the disease, then hung up on her.

Last week, the Toledo college announced that Hillebrand’s trust had given the largest individual donation in the school’s history. The money will help train students on diagnosing and listening to patients.

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The school plans to name its clinical skills center after Hillebrand, whose father was a Toledo-area construction and insurance executive. The facility is to be dedicated next week.

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