Dear Friends,

With all our hearts, we’d like to wish you a happy February. As we get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is especially fitting that we spotlight Jackson’s pediatric heart and cardiac services. The Congenital Heart Center at Holtz Children’s Hospital is an internationally respected center for comprehensive cardiac care. Keep reading below to learn more. 
In addition, we are looking forward to our annual Golden Angels Gala in April, one of the most glamorous and anticipated social events of the season. Our Golden Angels have raised millions to support Jackson’s mission and generously host our gala each year, and for that we are so grateful.
Thank you for keeping up with Holtz Children’s Hospital and supporting us as a community. Every child needs a hero, and you can always support Holtz Children’s through Jackson Health Foundation. We hope you enjoy our newsletter.

All the best,
Charmaine Gatlin
Co-President & Chief Operating Officer
Flavia Llizo
Co-President & Chief Development Officer
February Highlight:
Pediatric Cardiac Care
Did you know Jackson offers a full spectrum of state-of-the-art cardiac services for babies in the womb, newborns and children into adulthood?

The Congenital Heart Center at Holtz Children’s Hospital is an internationally respected center for comprehensive cardiac care. The services provided at the Congenital Heart Center focus on quality of life for our patients and their families, and range from fetal care through adults living with congenital heart disease.

Patients always come first, and Jackson’s family-centered care integrates families into the healing process. Success with patients is a result of the work of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric and congenital specialists, including cardiologists, cardiac intensivists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurse practitioners and nurses, cardiac anesthesiologists, and cardiovascular technicians.

Jackson’s cardiac surgeons routinely perform surgery on children with a wide array of cardiac malformations. The pediatric cardiac surgery program at the Congenital Heart Center focuses on the surgical correction of acquired and congenital heart defects in newborns and children, including surgery for heart failure and implantation of mechanical circulatory support systems, and heart transplantation. 

Listen to Dr. Leonardo A. Mulinari, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, explain how Jackson Health System and Holtz Children's have crafted a one of a kind approach to pediatric congenital heart surgery patients in Miami:
Learn Your Heart Age
Golden Angels Gala
The annual Golden Angels Gala is one of the most glamorous and anticipated social events of the season! The event raises funds for the Miracle Fund, which supports the areas of greatest need within Jackson Health System. As its name implies, the Jackson Health Foundation Miracle Fund provides resources that bring hope to what might otherwise seem hopeless.
This year has highlighted the importance of outstanding health care in South Florida, but the doctors being recognized at this year’s Golden Angels Gala have long exemplified the level of professionalism and compassion embraced at Jackson. Each one of them has touched the lives of many and gone above and beyond the call of duty. They are recognized by their peers as valuable colleagues and incredible mentors and their contributions to the health and well-being of their patients is heartfelt. 
In the months leading up to the gala, we will highlight the doctors who we are honoring in the Legends of Jackson Tribute sponsored by Trish and Dan Bell. These “legends” have a longstanding commitment to Jackson and our community, and are pioneers in their fields. They are truly remarkable in every way, and we look forward to celebrating them in April.

For more information on this year’s Golden Angels Gala, contact Beatriz Galan, Senior Director of Major Gifts, at [email protected] or to purchase tickets, click here.
Legends of Jackson Tribute at
our upcoming Golden Angels Gala
Dr. G. Patricia “Patti” Cantwell
Pediatric Critical Care, Holtz Children’s Hospital
Dr. Cantwell is the Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Holtz Children’s Hospital, where she leads highly specialized medical teams in caring for some of the sickest children in South Florida. 

While helping to save lives is a top priority for Dr. Cantwell, so is improving the lives of those who may never fully recover. Dr. Cantwell has championed Holtz Children’s palliative care practices, with a focus on maximizing the overall quality of life for children diagnosed with terminal illness or life-limiting illnesses. She is known for going above and beyond for her patients - not only medically, but through caring gestures and creating memorable experiences for them. 

Outside of her role at Holtz Children’s, since 1994, Dr. Cantwell has been a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Team/South Florida Task Force 2, a search and rescue team sponsored by the City of Miami that is deployed to areas of destruction after some of the most horrific disasters. She combed the wreckage of the Twin Towers following the 9/11 attacks, spent a month in parts of Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and helped rescue survivors buried for days under the rubble following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Most recently, she aided in the search and recovery mission following the Surfside building collapse. 

She is a graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University while enrolled in the US Navy Health Professions program. She completed her Pediatric Residency Training at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and served as a Pediatrician in the US Navy Medical Corps until 1987. Dr. Cantwell completed her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1989. To learn more about Dr. Cantwell, click here.
Donor Spotlight:
Ricklick Family
We are so grateful to have wonderful donors like the Ricklick Family. As longtime supporters of Jackson Health Foundation, the family hosts a toy drive every year to donate toys to young patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), a joint program of Jackson Health System and UHealth - University of Miami Health System. This year, they donated more than 200 toys to young patients. 

Their generosity was inspired by their son Mikey and his journey battling a rare kidney condition at MTI and Holtz Children’s Hospital. Shortly after Mikey’s birth, he was found to have decreased kidney function caused by Denys-Drash syndrome, a rare genetic condition. At just five months old, he received his first surgery to begin dialysis. Just a few months later, Mikey’s blood pressure frequently reached dangerous highs, resulting in the baby being scheduled for a bilateral nephrectomy, a procedure in which both kidneys are removed at the same time. During the preparation for the surgery, doctors found tumors on both of Mikey’s kidneys. 

After a successful surgery and long journey that included chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, and ultimately, a new kidney donated by his mother, Mikey is now a happy and healthy 13-year-old. The Jackson community has always been touched by Mikey and his family, and their efforts to help other children at Jackson and Holtz Children’s Hospital. We are beyond grateful for the health and generosity of such a special family!
Sponsor Spotlight:
Florida National University
Florida National University (FNU) is a longtime supporter of Jackson Health Foundation and Jackson Health System, and a steadfast partner in our fundraising efforts. In recent months, FNU has supported our Miracle Fund as a Silver Sponsor of our Golden Angels Gala and Holtz Children's Hospital via the Guardians of the Children Luncheon and Fashion Show. 

"Florida National University has been a proud supporter of Jackson Health System for several years,” said Dr. Maria Regueiro, President and CEO of Florida National University. “Our organizations share a passion for enriching the South Florida community and helping those most in need of our services. FNU will continue to champion the efforts of Jackson Health System to improve the health and wellness of the South Florida residents.”

FNU's mission is to contribute to the education of a diverse student and faculty population. The university realizes this mission through the employment and development of a faculty of scholars who are proficient in the art of teaching. The university strives to prepare its students for employment in their chosen career or advanced studies through the acquisition of the required skills and knowledge needed for the successful completion of the program of studies. We thank FNU for their ongoing support and continued partnership.​ Together, we are making miracles happen!
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