From our humble beginnings in 1971, CHI has been committed to providing convenient quality health care to South Florida. This year, we are excited to celebrate 50 years of service as one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the United States. To make 2021 all the more special, this milestone is marked by the upcoming grand opening of our Children’s Crisis Center, a 24-hour in-patient facility for children with severe mental illness in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

With only $1.2 million remaining, our Children’s Crisis Center capital campaign is nearly at the finish line. We are extremely grateful for the community’s continued support, and we are especially touched by the contributions of our CHI employees, who have collectively raised more than $62,000. After one of the hardest years in our history, our CHI staff has remained at the front lines, rising above every challenge. Their donations are just another testament to their unwavering dedication, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Leading up to the opening of our Children’s Crisis Center, we will be sharing different ways you can celebrate our 50 years of service with us. In honor of this monumental year, we will introduce our special donor recognition programs and host our annual Glen Rice Celebrity Golf Tournament. On September 25, 2021, you’ll also have the opportunity to join us at The Golden Legacy 50th Anniversary Gala, a premier event benefitting our capital campaign. For the grand finale, we will celebrate the much-anticipated opening of our Children’s Crisis Center in early 2022. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

If you would like to donate to our Children’s Crisis Center, please visit or call (786) 293-5504.
Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. 
Chief Executive Officer
CHI Employees Make Their Mark on the Children’s Crisis Center with the Caring Society
CHI would not be where it is today without the passion and commitment of our employees. Our staff is made up of more than 700 employees, represented by 30 different cultures. They are the heart and soul of CHI and play an integral role in pushing our fundraising initiatives forward. 

In September 2020, we launched the Caring Society to honor CHI employees who participate in our annual Employee Giving Program. This program provides philanthropic support to priority needs, such as the Children Crisis Center, which will be the first free-standing facility for children with behavioral health issues in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Since its launch, the Caring Society has raised $62,000 for the center.

“The Children’s Crisis Center is very important because it will provide up to an additional 20 inpatient beds for Miami-Dade and Monroe County,” said Jeremy D. Radziewicz, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Caring Society. “Its location is ideal to serve this region and will help keep children and families closer to their homes and therefore improve the continuity of care, which is critical for full recovery.”

Several CHI employees, like Jeremy, proudly give out of their own pockets to ensure the Children’s Crisis Center becomes a reality. For some, the motivation to donate stemmed from their personal connection to the center.

“Last year, we saw the rate of suicide increase especially in adolescents,” said Patricia Philippe, Director of Education and Infection Control. “One of my close friend’s son fell into this statistic. Her son, a wonderful and smart young man who wanted to be a physician like his parents, for some reason saw no solution to whatever he thought was a problem and committed suicide at the age of 17. Another aspect of having a children’s crisis center will be that parents and family members will be better educated to notice the signs of when a child is in distress, and I know the CCC will help save many lives.”

“Since I started working here, I had a strong connection with the crisis unit. I remember the first time I visited, I saw a young child that was no more than 9 years old being escorted by a Miami-Dade police officer,” said Ronald McFarlane, Food and Beverage Manager. “Since then, I knew I wanted to help these children who are so vulnerable. I know that with my donation, I am helping to build a better future for our children.”

Caring Society members also noted that the Children’s Crisis Center will not only address an urgent need within our community but make a profound impact in dismantling the stigma behind mental health.

“I believe the Children’s Crisis Center will remove barriers, address taboos, and promote mental health. It will be as important as primary health care,” said Eunice Hines, Director Migrant Health and Outreach. “The center is even more important now as our children face far more pressures than we did growing up. This center is an asset to their development.”

Due to the significant contributions of CHI employees, donors, and community support, the Children’s Crisis Center is expected to open in early 2022.
Gift Hope on CHI’s 50th Birthday
2021 is a special year for CHI. Not only does it mark CHI’s 50-year legacy of excellence in caring, but it also takes us one step closer to the grand opening of our Children’s Crisis Center. Soon, children and teens with severe psychological issues in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will have a safe haven, where they can heal and receive comprehensive care close to home. 

In honor of our 50th birthday, we encourage you to help us make this dream a reality by participating in our Bricks of Hope campaign. For contributions of $250 or $400, you will have the opportunity to design a brick with a personalized message. These bricks will line the entrance of the Children’s Crisis Center, offering hope and support to every child and family that enters our facility.

If you make a donation this year, you will also be listed on our 50th Birthday Recognition wall as a token of our appreciation!
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Thank you for your continued and unwavering support!

For questions or additional information
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or call 786-293-5504