Current and former patients recently helped unveil the renovated Florida Power & Light Company Power to Care Jackson Memorial Hospital Burn Rehabilitation Therapy Unit thanks to a $500,000 donation by FPL to Jackson Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Jackson Health System. Burn patient celebrity chef Ralph Pagano attended the unveiling and shared his amazing story of survival. Pagano was in the process of opening the new Naked Taco restaurant at Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas when the accident happened. He suffered severe burns on over 30 percent of his body, and needed to be airlifted to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center at Ryder Trauma Center.
“Thanks to the parallel bars set up over there, I now have been able to walk,” said Pagano. “The trampoline has allowed me to stretch out my legs and I’ve started to be able to put my feet completely down on the ground, which is something I couldn’t do because my skin has been all contractured.”
“Florida Power & Light has played a major role in turning this renovation project into reality,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Thanks to FPL’s support, we can continue to improve our Burn Center, and ensure that all residents of Miami-Dade County receive the best quality care available.”
Located at the world-renowned Ryder Trauma Center, the Burn Center provides patients with burn care ranging from the resuscitation phase through long-term rehabilitation. The renovated unit features new therapy equipment including new trampolines and exercise equipment that is used to enhance treatment for patients at South Florida’s only burn center verified by the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons.
“All of us at FPL are extremely proud to partner with this wonderful facility to ensure the community has the access to world-class medical care, particularly in the area of burn management,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Burns have long-lasting and often life-changing effects on people’s lives. As a provider of essential services ourselves, we understand all too well the need for prompt medical intervention. This state-of-the-art burn rehabilitation unit will provide the platform from which lives will be saved, and we’re pleased to be associated with this effort.”
“We are honored to have FPL as a partner and are appreciative of their commitment to our community,” said Keith R. Tribble, president and CEO of Jackson Health Foundation. “This unveiling is a great example that demonstrates how the power of philanthropy continues to fuel the extraordinary growth currently taking place at Jackson.”