Dr. Stephen Markovich, president of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, will receive the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Norm Cohn Hope Award tomorrow evening as the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the NMSS hosts its 9th Annual Dinner of Champions gala.

The award is given in recognition of individuals who "exhibit vision and commitment to leadership, philanthropy and community service" in the effort to research, treat and cure the central nervous system disease. The Buckeye Chapter National MS Society serves an "estimated 14,000 people affected by MS and their families in 64 Ohio counties."

Past Dinner of Champions honorees have included Mills James president Ken Mills and former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee.

As president of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dr. Markovich has overseen the establishment and construction of a $321 million Neuroscience Center and 10-story tower, scheduled to open in summer 2015. The Neuroscience Center, led by Dr. Janet Bay, will unite all of OhioHealth's neuro services--including the hospital's dedicated MS clinic--in one central location, and allow for more tightly integrated neuro-patient care across all of Riverside's practice areas.

The 9th Annual Dinner of Champions will take place tomorrow, Sept. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Ivory Room at Miranova.

Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships to benefit the Ohio Buckeye Chapter are available. Tickets available by contacting Michelle Wohlfeiler at michelle.wohlfeiler@nmss.org ,216-503-4184 or by visiting http://bit.ly/1tWVBOJ .