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Record number of Golden Angels honored at

annual recognition dinner

On May 22, we hosted our annual Golden Angels Recognition Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. The celebration honored Golden Angel Society members and highlighted the tremendous impact their generosity has made. We recognized more than 120 donors and welcomed 40 new Golden Angels, the most ever in one year! The dinner’s program also showcased the new construction and expansion plans that will propel Jackson Memorial Hospital’s emergency department into a role model facility for quality, efficiency, and experience.

A special award honored Grand Seraphim donor, Shriners Hospitals for Children, for an unprecedented gift that is the driving force behind construction of the UHealth Jackson Children’s Care Pediatric Outpatient Pavilion. The highest honor, the Rainmaker Award, was presented to Jessie and Carlos Mendal. Carlos Mendal’s patient experience at Jackson, after being in a biking accident, led to the couple's tireless commitment and incredible work to support the Foundation’s mission.

Thank you, Golden Angels. Because of you, Jackson is thriving! Photo gallery

Photo 1: (l to r) Jackson Health Foundation Co-President and Chief Development Officer Flavia Llizo, Jackson Health Foundation Board President David A. Coulson, Esq. (Silver Seraphim), Iliana Irizarry (Golden Angel), Jackson Health Foundation Board Member Greg Irizarry (Golden Angel), Jackson Health System Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer David Zambrana

Photo 2: (l to r) Nathalie Manzano, Ted Caplow (Golden Angels)

Celebrating National Nurses Week

From May 6 to 12, Jackson Health System celebrated nurses for their outstanding service and commitment to patient care. The Foundation was overjoyed to have one of our philanthropists, Ana VeigaMilton, experience a day in the life of a nurse as she shadowed nursing director Geisy Roca and nurse Alys Betancourt at José Milton Memorial Hospital at Jackson West Medical Center. It is always heartwarming to see how our donors are not only generous, but truly invested in Jackson and our healthcare heroes.

Photo 1: Ana VeigaMilton, Geisy Roca, Alys Betancourt; Photo 2: Alys Betancourt, Ana VeigaMilton

Staying mindful and finding balance

On May 13, we welcomed hundreds of runners, walkers, and participants to Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park for our annual Mind Your Health event to help raise mental health awareness. Presented by FPL, funds raised went to programs, services, and initiatives at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital.

This year's emcees, WSVN's Vivian Gonzalez and Jackson Dill, energized the crowds and kept all of our programming on track. The festival included a variety of mindfulness activities and performances by School of Rock Miami. There were educational games to promote physical and mental well-being in the Kids Zone, and delicious bites and refreshing beverages in the Nutrition Village. The Education Village, presented by AvMed, featured expert speakers from Jackson Behavioral Health offering tips and resources to help maintain and improve overall mental health.

The 5K run and one-mile walk wrapped up the day's festivities. From individuals honoring loved ones, to families affected by mental illness, to our community partners, supporters, and advocates, we all came together with one purpose: to help reduce the negative stigma of mental health and raise funds to support programs that aid in this effort. Photo gallery

Photo: (l to r) Christopher Wing, David Zambrana, Dante Durand, Vicky Sabharwal,

LaShonda Jones, Carlos A. Migoya

Thanks for your support!

Sponsors: FPL, Florida National University, del la Peña Foundation, AvMed

Community Partners: Bolay, Citrus Health Network, DigitalEraGroup, Digital Forensics Now, Evolutions Treatment Center, Feeding South Florida, M&A Insurance, Mandala Healing Center, My Psychiatrist, Rogers Behavioral Health, University of Miami Department of Psychiatry

Event Supporters: Albizu University, Charlie Health, Ellie Mental Health, GIA Healthcare, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Little Caesars Pizza, James and Joanne Mitchell Foundation, Inc.

Special Thanks: La Croix, Miami-Dade Police Department.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

This year's Ice Cream We Love celebration on May 20 and 21 at Bal Harbour Shops, benefiting Holtz Children's Hospital, was the sweetest one yet! Scoops of smiles were served at this all-you-can-eat event. Attendees enjoyed sampling from 17 of the trendiest ice cream vendors in the nation while enjoying interactive experiences and beautiful Bal Harbour.

First held in 2017, the annual event honors Bal Harbour Shops founder Stanley Whitman and his dedication to philanthropic service and continuous support of Holtz Children's.

Special thanks to our sponsors, AvMed and Florida National University, for their support. Photo gallery

Photo 1: (l to r) Charmaine Gatlin, Gotmar Giron, Flavia Llizo; Photo 2: Fana Holtz family and friends; Photo 3: Attendees taking a break from ice cream sampling at Books & Books

Making an impact

Sentara grant supports Jackson Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department Care Transition Program

Our heartfelt appreciation to Sentara Health for their $100,000 grant, which will fund a dedicated program focused on delivering compassionate case management to vulnerable individuals who frequently visit our emergency department at Jackson Memorial. The Emergency Department Care Transition Program aims to improve patient outcomes while addressing the social needs of Jackson’s unfunded population. We are grateful for Sentara’s shared commitment to advancing the health care of our community.

In the spotlight

New partnership program allows customers to "round up" at Walmart.com and support Jackson

Customers shopping at Walmart.com or in the Walmart app can now round up their totals at the point of purchase to the nearest dollar, and the difference will be donated to Jackson Health Foundation.

Visit Walmart.com/sparkgood and select Jackson Health Foundation as your charity of choice. We thank you in advance! Your small "round up" will make a BIG difference!

Parental guidance at your fingertips

A new resource has just launched for parents and caretakers! All episodes of Parental Guidance, presented by UHealth Jackson Children's Care, are now available here.

Since 2020, this live web series has helped thousands of parents navigate through the fun, yet challenging aspects of parenting. With advice and tips on everything from potty training and common colds to mental health and nutrition, our monthly episodes help to raise healthy, well-rounded children.

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We are grateful for you!

As always, your generosity is what makes healing possible for thousands of families in Miami-Dade County and beyond.

Visit JacksonHealthFoundation.org to learn about more ways you can help us support Jackson Health System.

Charmaine Gatlin

Co-President and Chief Operating Officer

Flavia Llizo

Co-President and Chief Development Officer

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