MARCH 2023

Your source for Foundation news and information

What better way to jump into spring than with a fresh, new look for our newsletter! And what better name than THE IMPACT, paying tribute to all of our generous donors and the significant impact their contributions make to help support Jackson Health System and strengthen the health of our community.

The event of the year is almost here.

It's time for our Golden Angels Gala!

Do you have your tickets yet for South Florida’s most glamorous social fundraising event of the season? The Golden Angels Gala brings community leaders, corporate partners, and philanthropists together to support Jackson Health System. Just click on the video above to see how much fun we all had at last year's gala. We'll see you there!

Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. | Ice Palace Studios

If showing up for the after party is more your style, we've also got you covered. Party the night away with us from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Learn more

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Your support makes Jackson miracles happen

Benjamin receives lifesaving neurosurgery at Holtz Children's Hospital

After infant Benjamin Gutierrez began showing signs of strange behavior, his medical diagnosis revealed a large mass in the back of his brain. Then it began to grow. Read more

Double-lung transplant gives grandfather a second chance at life

A yearslong struggle with sarcoidosis and 30 percent loss of lung function leads Glenn Forshee, 63, to the new Lung Center at Miami Transplant Institute. Read more

Saturday, May 13, 2 to 6:30 p.m. | 5K Start: 5 p.m.

Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park

12451 S.W. 184th St., Miami, FL 33177

Join us for a day of finding your balance at our annual Mind Your Health event celebrating mental health awareness. Register yourself and/or put together a team for our 5K run/one-mile walk in support of patients and programs at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital. You can also explore our free outdoor festival featuring a variety of activities — including our main stage with expert speakers, education and nutrition villages, and fun-filled kids zone. Register and learn more

Special thanks to FPL, our presenting sponsor!

Welcome new Golden Angels

Your contributions are invaluable

Matt and Lisa Allen graciously hosted a special reception at their home in January to welcome new Golden Angels and thank them for their support. Jackson Health Foundation Board members and Jackson Health System leaders were also on hand to share their vision for the future of the health system. It was great to see these new Golden Angels there! Photo gallery

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Susan Abraham
  • Mr. Joe Deitch, Tao Jones Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gil and Yifat Friedman
  • Dr. Wendy Heckelman and Mr. Adam Stoner
  • Mrs. Joyce Kory and Mr. Joel Chrycy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Deryl and Monica Leon
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso and Miriam Macedo, Ocean Bank
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas and Yamile Rodriguez

James Deering Charitable Trust commits $150,000 to Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center

Trustees for the James Deering Charitable Trust have recommitted to making health care more accessible to those who need it the most with a gift of $150,000 for Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center. Long-standing supporters of the center, the Trust has improved accessibility to medication for those unable to meet their cost. Thanks to their generosity, individuals with chronic and complex

conditions find it easier to comply with prescribed medical treatment and avoid recurring medical emergencies. More recently, the Trust has expanded its reach to cover minor procedures performed at Jefferson Reaves, once again being an active part of a healthier Miami-Dade County. Thank you!

We're better together!

Thank you, Jackson employees

In December, we celebrated Jackson Health System employees with a special appreciation luncheon. In addition to the work they put in day after day to care for our community, these employees went above and beyond by making a gift to support the Foundation. As we get ready to launch our employee giving campaign in April, we know that we are "better together" through philanthropy! Photo gallery

Jackson happenings

New ICU opens for Lung Center patients

In January, the Lung Center at the Miami Transplant Institute held a ribbon cutting for the opening of a new intensive care unit in the UHealth Jackson Critical Care Pavilion at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Equipped with 25 beds, the unit is staffed by a highly skilled integrated care team dedicated to treating lung transplant and critical respiratory patients. It is the first critical care unit of its kind at Jackson Memorial built exclusively for respiratory care. Read more

Making an impact

Top Teens of America,

Miami Chapter

Members of Top Teens of America and Top Ladies of Distinction donated funds to purchase 60 onesies, then decorated and bedazzled them to bring joy and hope to patients and families in the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: Newborn Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital. We thank them for making an impact on tiny lives!

Conversations in Care

Meet Joanne Ruggiero

Once again, join our own Flavia Llizo as she sits down one-on-one with her next guest, Joanne Ruggiero, for our "Conversations in Care" webinar series. Joanne joined Jackson Health System in 2021 as chief nursing and chief operating officer of Holtz Children’s Hospital and The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, and was named as its CEO less than a year later. Read Joanne's bio

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 to learn about more ways you can help us support Jackson Health System and Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Charmaine Gatlin

Co-President and Chief Operating Officer

Flavia Llizo

Co-President and Chief Development Officer

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