Our History

Since our inception in 1987, Jackson Health Foundation has raised more than $140 million to help Jackson Health System deliver the best possible care to the community. Your gifts ensure in part that Jackson will be able to advance emerging research, renovate or build state-of-the art facilities, and continue to provide accessible health care services that are critically important to the quality of life and health of our shared communities. Thank you for Making Miracles Happen – for Jackson.

Some of our gift milestones include:

2016 – On October 26, Jackson Health Foundation hosted groundbreaking ceremonies celebrating a $10M gift from the José Milton Foundation to name Jackson Health System’s 100-bed hospital facility that will be built on the health system’s new medical campus in the City of Doral. The facility will be known as the  José Milton Memorial Hospital at UHealth Jackson. On August 1, Jackson Health Foundation and Jackson Health System announced a $2.5M gift from Leon Medical Centers for naming rights of the new fourth floor of Jackson South Community Hospital. The gift also includes future naming rights at the new José Milton Memorial Hospital at UHealth Jackson in the City of Doral. Also in 2016, Jackson Health Foundation received a $ 1M gift from the Heat Foundation and a $500K gift from  Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation.

2015 – Jackson Health System is a world-class hospital system that attracts patients from across the globe. In 2015, Jackson Health System formed a partnership with VIP Universal Medical Insurance Group (VUMI) to provide medical services to international patients at Jackson. VUMI launched this new partnership with a $2M gift to Jackson Health Foundation’s “Miracle Fund”. In recognition of that gift, Jackson’s international patient center was renamed as the VUMI International Patient Center. Also in 2015, the Ryder System Charitable Foundation continued its support for the Ryder Trauma Center by making a $1M pledge to enhance trauma services.

2014 – Miami aviation industry pioneer George Batchelor was a strong supporter of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s pediatric care programs for many years.  Through the Batchelor Foundation, his family has continued that support and in 2014, the Batchelor Foundation made a $2.5M gift to support renovations of the Pediatric Transplant Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital and to advance programs that support the treatment of pediatric cancer, chronic illness and organ transplants at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

2012 – Harvey and Roberta Chaplin have been active Golden Angels and generous donors to the Jackson Health Foundation for many years.  In 2012, the Chaplins made a $2.5 million gift to establish the Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

2011 – Jackson Memorial Foundation helped complete the playground at the Debbie School at the Mailman Center. Also, Jackson Memorial Foundation celebrated a $2M renovation of the pathology laboratories at Jackson Memorial Hospital which was named Coulter Clinical Pathology Laboratories. The contribution was part of the Coulter Family and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation’s landmark $5M  gift for the advancement of the pathological sciences. DryClean USA founder Bill and SheiLa Steiner made a $1M gift in support of cancer research at Jackson Health System and in recognition of this donation, Jackson Memorial Hospital’s main lobby was renovated and renamed as the Bill and SheiLa Steiner Family Lobby. Also in 2011, Jackson celebrated the creation of the Leon and Serena Simkins Center for Thyroid and Neuroendocrine Tumors. Thanks to their $1M contribution, Jackson Memorial Foundation was pleased to create this research and treatment facility for Dr. Seza Gulec at Jackson North Medical Center.

2010 – Jackson Memorial Foundation celebrated the creation of the Nat Galley and Gertrude Galley Glucksman Chapel Renovation. Also in 2010, the Pediatric Emergency Room was renovated. The Pediatric Emergency Room underwent an extensive reconfiguration and modernization that was made possible by the generous $1M gift by Harvey and Roberta Chaplin. We honored Harvey and Roberta by naming this facility the Chaplin Family Pediatric Emergency Room.

2009 – The Pedi Dialysis Unit was expanded and renovated. After 15 years, this unit was in need of a renovation. In a dedication, surrounded by our loyal supporters who helped raise $1M, we unveiled the new unit which featured separate treatment rooms for acute emergencies, a renovated nurses’ station, private room for family education and counseling, and a patient friendly waiting room. This unit treats more than 5,000 infants, children and adolescents each year.

2008 – Jackson Memorial Foundation celebrated the dedication of the Angela and Pablo Andrade Family Lounge in the West Wing 12th Floor of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

2007 – Jackson Memorial Foundation teamed up with Project New Born to fund extensive remodeling and modernization of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Part A Renovation at Holtz Children’s Hospital. The 18-bed unit received its renovation in 2006. Bank of America donated $750,000 to fund the renovation. The creation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was an incredible community resource, which was in part due to $1M gift from Carnival Cruise Lines that helped transform the unit into a state-of-the-art facility.

2006 – Jackson Memorial Foundation unveiled seven renovated benefactor suites in the West Wing tower at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Designed to ensure that every patient it accommodates has a five-star experience, the suites come equipped with plasma televisions, a pull-out couch for family members, wood floors, deluxe cabinetry for extra storage and other amenities one would find at a luxury hotel.

2005 –  The Adolescent Unit, which was located on the 4th floor of the Ryder Trauma Center, underwent a renovation thanks to support from the Guardian Angels. Also in 2005, a marketing and branding campaign effort was launched for Holtz Children’s Hospital.

2004 – Jackson Memorial Foundation created a new entrance, lobby and signage for Holtz Children’s Hospital.

2003 – Jackson Memorial Foundation sponsored two Child Life Specialist positions at Holtz Children’s Hospital and created a playground for the Pedi Dialysis Unit. Also this year the Foundation began sponsoring the Children’s Cancer Fund Meal Assistance Program. After determining many children were unable to afford a meal during their long hours undergoing outpatient chemotherapy, Jackson Memorial Foundation decided to create a fund to help provide meals for these children. Pediatric Referral Unit/Pediatric Transplant Surgical Unit on the 6th Floor of Holtz Children’s Hospital underwent a $1M renovation as a result of the Guardian Angels efforts. Also this year, the Foundation celebrated the dedication of the Taylor Breast Health Center. Thanks to the $500,000 contribution from the Jack Taylor’s Family Foundation, the newly dedicated center provides screening and treatment for breast cancer patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

2002 – Jackson Memorial Foundation funded the renovations to the 5th Floor of Holtz Children’s Hospital. Also in 2002, the Jason Taylor Learning Center was created.

2001 – Jackson Memorial Foundation sponsored the Pediatric Mobile Outreach Health Care Van. This van brings health care to children and mothers who have difficulty accessing medical care. The $110,000 van was made possible by the generous gift of our special donor, Lady Monica Heftler.

2000- Through a $500,000 gift, Elizabeth and Mitchell Taylor made it possible to create a community tele-medicine consulting and education center, the Elizabeth and Mitchell Taylor Conference Center serving as a central conference facility for UM/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The center allows specialists to conduct “virtual” clinics and provides instant link-ups for emergency consultations with the Ryder Trauma Center. the Foundation also supported the South Florida Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic and funded a pediatric admissions orientation video. Also in 2000, the Fetal Imaging Center was created. Jackson Memorial Foundation led a $400,000 fundraising effort to build and equip the only unit in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean to provide in-utero diagnosis and surgery for fetal abnormalities.

1998 – The Guardian Angels support group was created to bring together a group of dedicated philanthropic individuals whose efforts would focus on raising funds for Holtz Children’s Hospital. Silvia Rios Fortun has served as the group’s president since its inception. The Children’s Hospital Center opened in 1983 (the largest in South Florida) was renamed Holtz Children’s Hospital in March 1998 through a naming gift of $5M by The Fana Holtz Foundation. As of 2015, the Holtz family continues to provide strong support and leadership to the Jackson Health Foundation and Holtz Children’s Hospital with the goal of advancing quality pediatric care for the families of Miami-Dade County.

1995 – Jackson Memorial Foundation began a $13.5 million effort to renovate and centralize Pediatric services to East Tower.

1994 – The Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit was created and the Pediatric Dialysis Unit was moved, expanded and renovated

1993 – Jackson Memorial Foundation replaced obsolete televisions in every child’s room.

1992 – The Ryder System Charitable Foundation provided a $2.5M naming gift to fill a critical community need by building a Level-1 Trauma Center.

1987 – Jackson Health Foundation founded.

*Footnote – Jackson Memorial Foundation renamed Jackson Health Foundation in 2014 to more closely align with Jackson Health System brand.