Jackson Health Foundation is the private fundraising arm of Jackson Health System (JHS), the most comprehensive healthcare provider in South Florida. Established in 1991, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors committed to philanthropic activities that benefit the medical programs and services at JHS. Through the generosity of compassionate donors, the Foundation helps to fill the gaps of major capital projects and programmatic needs that cannot be financed by public bond support.
When a fugitive of the law, speeding at over 90 miles an hour, collided with Mary K.’s car the accident left her daughter Julia with third-degree burns to nine percent of her body. Julia was airlifted to Holtz Children’s Hospital where she underwent 14 procedures including a skin graft.
Gregory Romanelli, an avid car enthusiast, was born to race. In fact, he’s been doing it his entire life. His family owns TR3 Racing and they participate in races around the world each year. Gregory is a pro and has won many trophies for his racing, but in 2016, when his car crashed on the track, the race was on to save his life.
As a result of the crash, Gregory was badly injured and his legs were shattered. He was rushed to a hospital near the site of the accident but it was quickly determined that the doctors at that facility couldn’t help to save his legs. Gregory was then airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where he underwent emergency surgery and doctors were able to save his legs.
In May, 27-year-old John Toro was enjoying his new motorcycle when he was struck by another vehicle while leaving a gas station in Florida City. He was taken to Jackson South trauma center with life-threatening injuries to his brain, as well as a broken neck and broken leg that was at risk of amputation.
John underwent a craniotomy, a procedure in which doctors had to remove part of his skull in order to reduce the amount of swelling in his brain, as well as surgery to treat his broken leg and infections. After his surgeries, Toro was in an induced coma for nearly a month, leaving his family worried about his condition.
Toro is currently receiving care, including physical therapy, at Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center. He has recently taken his first steps since his accident.
With a new outlook on life, Toro is looking forward to spending time with his family and focusing on his education and career.
Nicole Hannah-Edgecomb was 24 weeks pregnant with her second child when she went to see her obstetrician for a checkup. An ultrasound had already revealed that her baby had fluid around the heart. Four weeks later, another ultrasound showed a large mass was now covering the baby’s heart.
At 29 weeks, Nicole was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she began receiving care. Two weeks later, doctors and nurses prepared for a complex surgery to save the baby at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
After four months in the NICU at Holtz Children’s, Symphony went home. Her parents were so excited to introduce her to her big brother, 18-month-old Jeremiah.
For Felipe Finale, 78, gardening in his Hialeah backyard and tending to his guanabana trees has always been one of his greatest pleasures.
But earlier this year, doing any physical task – even walking a few steps – became increasingly difficult.
Discouraged by his inability to live life the active lifestyle he was accustomed to, Finale sought solutions to his heart condition. Felipe went to Jackson South Medical Center where he was diagnosed with bradycardia due to atrial fibrillation with slow ventricular response.
Filepe’s pacemaker was implanted by Dr. Mendoza at Jackson South, making him the first patient in Miami-Dade County to be implanted with the newly FDA-approved Transcatheter Pacing System or Micro TPS, a tiny pacemaker for patients with an irregular heartbeat.
Almost immediately following the implantation, Felipe’s normal heart rhythm was restored, allowing him things he loved – work in his garden, travel, and most importantly, enjoy his family.
Jackson Health Foundation
For almost 100 years, Jackson Health System has provided world-class care to members of our community. Today alone, more than 200 children are fighting life-threatening injuries / illnesses at Holtz Children’s Hospital and on average, about 1,000 patients will be treated this year in our emergency rooms.
Home to the renowned Jackson Memorial Hospital, Ryder Trauma Center, UM/JM Burn Center, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Miami Transplant Institute, and several other medical centers, many of us know by personal experience how critical Jackson is to our community.
As the largest public health system in the country, the residents of Miami-Dade County have been a great source of funding for Jackson. However, taxpayer dollars cannot cover all costs. There are gaps.
As the fundraising arm for the health system, our goal at Jackson Health Foundation is to fill in those financial gaps. Your tax-deductible gift to the Foundation is extremely important because it provides immediate resources that are used to address the health system’s greatest needs - patient care, treatment, education, renovation of facilities and funding for capital projects.
Medical miracles take place daily throughout Jackson Health System.
Help us Make Miracles Happen - for Jackson.
Donate Today! Together we can support Jackson Health System in their continuing efforts to provide quality medical care for many more years to come.
Dr. Rudolph Moise
Allison Weiss Brady
David A. Coulson, Esq.
Silvia Rios Fortun
Immediate Past Chair
Keith R. Tribble
President & CEO
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
M. Victoria Castro
SVP of Development
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.