October 2022 Edition

 Welcome to Fall! 

Autumn is officially here. We hope everyone had a memorable summer filled with friends, family, and good health. Jackson Health Foundation is starting off the fall season with a new joint newsletter to share all the exciting events on the horizon. We recently celebrated a milestone with Ryder Trauma Center’s 30th anniversary. This Fall, we’ll be celebrating so much more with our Guardian of the Children Luncheon and Fashion Show -- we're commemorating 30 years of miracle-making by our Guardian Angels!

We thank you for your support! Continue reading our new joint newsletter for updates, event information, and inspiring patient stories, and we hope to see you all this Fall.

Ryder Trauma Center Celebrates

Its 30th Anniversary

Since opening its doors 30 years ago, Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial has made an incredible impact on people in our community and beyond, providing a continuum of services including resuscitation, emergency surgical intervention, intensive care, rehabilitation, and outpatient care services.

In August, executives from Ryder System joined Jackson leaders for a press conference to commemorate the incredible, lifesaving work that has been done at the Level I Trauma Center.

We applaud the surgeons, physicians, nurses, and staff responsible for saving lives and aiding patient recovery. We also recognize the thousands of patients who are celebrating their own milestones this year thanks to the real-life heroes who saved their lives at Ryder Trauma. Thank you for trusting us when the unexpected happens. Click the link to learn more about Ryder Trauma Center. 

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Miracle Stories

Zayne Obileye

When Zayne Obileye was 13 months old, doctors in Bermuda detected a large epidural hematoma on the right side of his brain.

He and his mom, Christina Belboda, were airlifted and admitted to Holtz’s Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center to receive specialized care. Zayne immediately underwent a craniotomy, performed by Heather McCrea, MD, PhD, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Holtz Children’s and UHealth (University of Miami Health System), to remove the hematoma and alleviate the pressure on his brain.

Today, Zayne’s a healthy, energetic 4-year-old boy who is on par with other kids his age and didn’t suffer any developmental setbacks as a result of his injury.

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Ricky Carter

In May 2017, former Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter was riding his motorcycle on the highway when he lost control and crashed into a guardrail.

Good Samaritans, including a nurse and clinical care coordinator at Ryder Trauma, helped save his life by applying tourniquets to control the bleeding. Carter was then airlifted to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

His legs were badly mangled in the crash so surgeons amputated both legs. Now, five years later, Carter is Deputy Police Chief in Miami Gardens and continues to be an inspiration to everyone around him.

Watch His Story

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Ice Cream We Love Was A Success!

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Jackson Health Foundation and 18 leading ice cream vendors hosted a fun-filled philanthropic weekend for visitors of all ages to enjoy an abundant selection of frozen deliciousness at Bal Harbour Shops. We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors and everyone who came out to support Holtz Children’s Hospital at our Ice Cream We Love “fun-raiser” at Bal Harbour Shops. This event helps kick off the 23rd Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon. Together we are Making Miracles Happen.

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Save The Date:

23rd Annual Guardians of the Children

Luncheon & Fashion Show 

For more than two decades, the Guardian Angels, who will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary of making a difference this year, have hosted the Guardians of the Children Luncheon & Fashion Show benefiting Holtz Children’s Hospital in an exclusive location surrounded by those who embrace their mission. 

Join us this commemorative year to see an exclusive fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. It will be a remarkable event you will not want to miss!

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Golden Angels Gala

April 22, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Soho Studios

Mind Your Health

May 13, 2023

Larry and Penny Thompson

Memorial Park

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Stay tuned for more information...


Sponsor Spotlight: AvMed

We are thrilled to showcase our partnership with AvMed, a leading health insurance company.

“Helping keep Floridians healthy is what AvMed is all about, and we are very proud to support the Jackson Health Foundation who shares this goal,” says Jeff Wieners, VP of Employer Sales & Retention, AvMed.“Through events and initiatives such as Mind Your Health benefiting Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital and the 23rd Annual Guardians of the Children Luncheon and Fashion Show, benefiting Holtz Children’s Hospital, AvMed looks forward to continuing our work with the Foundation for the betterment of our neighbors across South Florida.”

Thank you, AvMed, for all that you do support the miracles made daily at Jackson Health!

Donor Spotlight: Greg Irizarry

Jackson Health Foundation would like to shine a light this month on

Greg Irizarry, our newest board member. 

"Getting involved with Jackson Health Foundation is a personal one for our family. Just several years ago one of my family members received a kidney transplant at Jackson and the donor was his son," says Greg Irizarry. "Jackson was instrumental in helping our family during this difficult process and we are eternally grateful to this remarkable organization and it’s committed workforce. Jackson continues to provide exceptional care and service in our community, to everyone. Being part of Jackson is humbling, and allows me to participate in the Jackson experience, changing the world, one patient at a time."

We would like to thank you for all of your support! 

Remembering Dr. David Gater

Jackson Health Foundation is saddened by the unexpected loss in August of David R. Gater Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was also the Chief Medical Officer of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

We honor you for your commitment, hard work, and innovative ideas that have greatly impacted South Florida, as well as, your advocacy for the community and love for your patients.  

As always, your generosity is what makes healing possible for thousands of families in Miami-Dade County and beyond. We thank you and appreciate your support in providing world-class medical care. Together, we are Jackson, and we make miracles happen.

Support Jackson Health Foundation Today!

Charmaine Gatlin

Co-President & Chief Operating Officer

Flavia Llizo

Co-President & Chief Development Officer

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