Dear Friends,

We hope you and your families are having a wonderful start to Spring! This month, we are happy to put a spotlight on the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) – a great point of pride for Jackson Health System. MTI offers life-saving transplant, support, and rehabilitation programs to children and adults facing organ failure—backed by the world-class resources from Jackson and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. We’re excited for you to learn more about the compassionate, skilled, and experienced care the MTI team provides in this edition of our newsletter.

In addition, we are counting down the final days leading up to our annual Golden Angels Gala in April, one of the most glamorous and anticipated social events of the season. We are grateful to our Golden Angels who have raised millions to support Jackson’s mission and generously host our gala each year.

We wish you all a beautiful spring, and look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,
Charmaine Gatlin
Co-President & Chief Operating Officer
Flavia Llizo
Co-President & Chief Development Officer
Miami Transplant Institute:
One of the Leading
Transplant Centers in the World
Miracles are made daily at the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) – an affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth—the University of Miami Health System. Since its opening in 1970, MTI has been dedicated to offering patients the best possible care. Today, we are one of the top transplant centers in the U.S., with our surgeons performing more than 600 procedures annually. Most importantly, all of our programs consistently rank among the nation’s best in terms of patient outcomes.

About Our Transplant Programs

Visit for more information.

Transplanting Through a Pandemic:
How the Miami Transplant Institute Stood Up to COVID-19
Watch our documentary to get a unique, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how MTI continued to provide patients a second chance at life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re so excited to share that, thanks to your generosity, this year’s Golden Angels Gala is now SOLD OUT! For more information, visit
 You can still show your support by buying a ticket for a chance drawing to win
a 2022 Audi Q5, courtesy of THE COLLECTION in Coral Gables.
*Car details and specifications based on dealership's availability.
Tickets are $1,000 each and only 200 tickets will be sold!
Click here to purchase your tickets today. You can also contact
Beatriz Galan at 305-585- 4483(GIVE) or for more information. 
The health of our guests remains our top priority. For the safety of all, COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced. Masks are recommended at the gala. If you are sick, experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, or test positive in the seven days prior to the event, we request that you not attend.

In the months leading up to the Golden Angels Gala, we have been highlighting the doctors who we are honoring in the “Legends of Jackson” tribute, sponsored by Trish and Dan Bell. These physicians 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 at this year’s gala.
Legends of Jackson Tribute at
our upcoming Golden Angels Gala
Dr. Alan Livingstone
Dr. Livingstone is the former chief of surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology, with a particular interest in cancers of the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary system, adrenal gland, pancreas, and colon. Dr. Livingstone also has vast experience treating sarcomas, gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, retroperitoneal tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, Zenker’s diverticulum, tumors involving the inferior vena cava, and other esophageal disorders. He graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and completed his residency at Montreal General Hospital.
Dr. Tomas Salerno
Dr. Tomas A. Salerno is a pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery, dedicating more than 40 years to advancing techniques, such as off-pump coronary artery bypass and beating-heart coronary bypass, as well as valvular, aortic, and warm heart surgeries. He is a proud graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and fluent in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

In addition to his role as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Salerno’s many academic appointments include tenured professor of the Division of Surgery, interim chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, tenured professor and chief emeritus of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and professor of anesthesiology (secondary appointment) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His cross appointments include adjunct professor of Faculty Graduate Studies and Exercise Physiology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Salerno has collaborated on more than 510 publications and has published 96 abstracts. Some of his many honors and awards include the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Coronary Surgery Congress and the Honoris Causa (Notorio Saber) from the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. May 7 is also known as Tomas Salerno’s Day, an honor given to him in 2009 by Senator Javier D. Souto, former Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Dennis C. Moss, and former Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Alvarez.
Donor Spotlight:
Giving back time, talent, and treasure
Chely Schwartz received a liver transplant in 2019, the best gift of her lifetime. Per her own admission, she is proof of how miracles are made daily at Jackson. After a challenging post-transplant period, she is now on her way to recovery and has taken up candle-making as a hobby. 

She knows from experience that transplant recipients are discouraged from having scented products, flowers, etc. around them during the initial post-transplant phase, which prompted her to create a scent-free candle that reveals the message “Miracles Happen” while burning. Partial proceeds of her “Angel Candle” benefit Miami Transplant Institute in gratitude to the incredible team that supports her in her journey. 

The Winged Candle Company now sells unscented soy candles as well as non-chemically scented ones in fragrances like teakwood and brandied pear. Thank you, Chely, for devoting your time, talent and treasure to support Jackson Health Foundation and the Miami Transplant Institute.
Sexual Assault Awareness and
Prevention Month
Did you know April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month? We are proud to share that Jackson Health System’s Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center (RTC) is the only comprehensive rape treatment center in Miami-Dade County. The RTC is also one of the few rape treatment centers nationwide to provide an all-inclusive approach to the care and treatment of sexual assault victims. RTC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve sexual assault victims and their non-offending family members. All services are free of charge and completely confidential.

To learn more about our services, click here
A Beacon of Hope: 
The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth Jackson Memorial
On Friday, March 25, our community gathered for a dedication celebrating Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial. The dedication event recognized Lynn Rehabilitation Center’s outstanding teams, and their many contributions since the center’s opening in March of 2020. So far, Lynn Rehabilitation Center has provided world-class care to more than 3,300 patients. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital also doubled as Jackson’s largest public vaccination location, helping to vaccinate tens of thousands against the virus.

During the March 25 ceremony, speakers and honorees included Christine E. Lynn, Carlos Migoya, Dr. Julio Frenk, Dr. David Gater, Dr. Barth Green and Marc Buoniconti. We thank all who were in attendance at this dedication for their contributions toward building a better future in Miami-Dade County. 
Christine E. Lynn
Carlos Migoya, Dr. Barth Green, Dr. David Gater, Marc Buoniconti, Christine E. Lynn, and Dr. Julio Frenk
Ana VeigaMilton, David Coulson, Charmaine Gatlin, Flavia Llizo, and Candido Viyella
MDC Commissioner Sally Heyman, Christine E. Lynn, Marc Buoniconti, and Alfredo“Freddy” Ramirez
More About The
Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center
The $185 million facility received more than half its funding from the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County via the voter-approved Jackson Miracle-Building Bond Program. The project was also made possible by the unprecedented $25 million gift from founding benefactor Christine E. Lynn.

The Lynn Rehabilitation Center is designed to be one of the country’s most elite destinations for patients recovering from traumatic spinal and brain injuries, cancer treatment, and other complex conditions. The nine-story, 80-bed, acute rehabilitation hospital provides an array of inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children. Physicians, therapists, and other caregivers leverage The Miami Project’s leading research to deliver world-class treatment options.

The 260,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art amenities and next-generation technology, including a HydroWorx therapy pool. To prepare patients for maximizing their real-world mobility, the Lynn Rehabilitation Center also includes airplane seats, driving simulators, and a full-size car in the building to help provide real-life situations as part of the rehabilitation process.
On March 30, we celebrated Doctors’ Day. In continuing to celebrate our doctors, we invite you to share your Jackson story and recognize those doctors who have made a difference in your life. Please click below to share your story of gratitude. Thank your doctor(s) or send a general message of encouragement to all that provide care throughout Jackson Health System. Our Thank You campaign has generated warm sentiments of gratitude. Read below some of those messages. It’s not too late to send them a note and express our appreciation.
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