JHF Edition – May 2016


A Sense of Community

Keith R TribbleThe work we do at Jackson Health Foundation is impactful, lasting and beneficial to the community. Our strength as a Foundation lies in the connections we make daily at Jackson Health System. Our close connection to Jackson is what drives the Foundation’s purpose, mission, and vision.

I have a personal connection to Jackson Health System. I was born at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and now as President and CEO of Jackson Health Foundation, my goal is to make sure Jackson has the critical funding necessary to achieve its mission of providing the very best healthcare to our community. Since its inception, Jackson Health Foundation has raised over $140 million to improve patient care at Jackson.

In the summer months ahead, we will be working closely with Jackson Health System to launch the first annual employee-giving campaign to support the Miracle Fund at Jackson Health Foundation. This campaign is focused on engaging doctors, nurses and staff throughout the system to give a one-time donation or payroll deduction plan to help support the greatest need at Jackson Health System.

Our programs continue to thrive. Through Jackson Health Foundation’s Golden Angel Society, the Guardian Angels program, and our International Kids Fund, our donors and staff work together to ignite the human spirit in giving and providing the financial resources that enables children in and outside of our community, to receive access to desperately needed healthcare.

Our next newsletter will be published in August.  In the meantime, as you read the articles in our current newsletter, it is our hope that you will consider joining us. Whether you are volunteering your time or giving of your financial resources, know that what you give today will help a patient in need achieve a brighter, healthier tomorrow.

Keith R. Tribble
President & CEO


Eight-Organ Transplant Saves Life of Texas Toddler in Miami

Texas ToddlerJust five years after transplant surgeons from UHealth – the University of Miami Health System saved the life of a Texas infant at Holtz Children’s Hospital, a rare congenital disease brought that family back to South Florida. This time, so UHealth transplant surgeons could save the life of their son.

During an ultrasound while just six weeks pregnant, Julissa Cerda received devastating news about the embryo she was carrying. It was all too familiar and hard to deal with. Her doctors in Texas noticed that her second child’s bladder was enlarged, and suspected he was developing the same rare congenital disease that also affected her firstborn, a daughter named Delilah Valdez. Julissa recalled what her daughter faced when she was just 16-months-old. It was 2011 when Delilah received a seven-organ transplant by UHealth surgeons at Holtz Children’s, part of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.  Read more



Miami HEAT Family Festival

Miami HEAT Family FestivalJackson Health Foundation’s Guardian Angels were beneficiaries of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s 2016 Miami HEAT Family Festival. The event raised over $600K of which $400K was earmarked for the Guardian Angels. Held on March 20 in downtown Miami, the festival drew over 5,000 people who came out to enjoy the carnival-like basketball extravaganza full of non-stop fun for the whole family. The festival featured a 90’s era throwback theme headlined by the entire Miami HEAT team and coaching staff where guests of all ages had countless interactive opportunities to engage with the HEAT players, coaches and their families. The day of fun, family, and feasting featured a food court with over 40 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, a performance by Vanilla Ice, music by DJ Irie, the Miami Heat Dancers, Burnie the mascot, and a silent auction.

Guardian Angels Visit Holtz Children’s Hospital

Guardian Angels Visit Holtz ChildrenHoltz Children’s’ Hospital received a special visit from Jackson Health Foundation’s Guardian Angels on April 12, 2016. The first in a series of many  visits, the Guardian Angels toured the children’s hospital visiting patients and staff, to learn more about how their efforts and initiatives can better impact the quality of life for patients at Holtz Children’s.

On this occasion our Guardian Angels received an inside look at the specialized programs offered at Holtz Children’s to child patients and their families. For more information on becoming a Guardian Angel and supporting Holtz Children’s Hospital, please contact Tania Alonso at 305.846.2433 tania.alonso@jhsmiami.org.

Circle of Heroes Luncheon

Circle of Heroes LuncheonOver 250 compassionate supporters of the International Kids Fund    Wonderfund (IKF) attended the 2016 Circle of Heroes Luncheon, held April 14 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden at Coral Gables. The   luncheon celebrated the lives of the many children saved thanks to the generosity of IKF’s Circle of Heroes and also served as a platform to  welcome new members.

TV personality and philanthropist Carolina Diago served as Mistress of Ceremony. Sponsors of the Circle of Heroes luncheon included DIA-M.co, La Maison De Pascale, Southern Wine & Spirits, Selecta Magazine and the Miami Herald. Miami-born and internationally acclaimed artist Alexander Mijares donated a hand-painted artwork entitled “Accept The Change”  that served as the luncheon’s backdrop. The painting was auctioned off during the event.

IKF, a program of the Jackson Health Foundation provides support to children from around the world who are in need of life-saving and life-changing medical care that is not available to them in their home country.  For more information on Jackson Health Foundation, the Circle of Heroes, or to make a donation, visit www.jacksonhealthfoundation.org or call  305-585-GIVE (4483).


Miami Heat Charitable Fund

Miami Heat Charitable FundFor the past 18 years The Miami Heat Charitable Fund has been involved with Jackson Health Foundation and Holtz Children’s Hospital. With their help, we have been able to accomplish renovations of Fetal Imaging  Center, the Pediatric Referral Unit, Pediatric Transplant Surgical Unit and  the Pediatrics Dialysis Unit. In addition, their contributions have allowed the creation of the Pediatric Outreach Health Care Van initiative and the Children’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic Meal Assistance Program.

Proceeds received from The Miami Heat Charitable Fund  has helped  renovate and implement the Family-Centered Care Program for children facing cancer, transplant and chronic illness on the sixth floor of Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to The Miami Heat Charitable Fund Jackson Health Foundation’s Guardian Angels have been able to continue to expand life-saving pediatric specialty programs and facilities at Holtz Children’s Hospital.


Planned Giving

There are a variety of ways that you can participate in planned giving- gifts of retirement assets, gifts of  insurance, gifts of real estate, gifts of stocks and bonds, or just including Jackson Health Foundation in your will or living trust. When you include Jackson Health Foundation in your overall estate or financial plans, you help ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of advancing patient care, treatment and education.  Through your gift, lifesaving miracles are made possible every day. For more information please contact Angelica Santibanez, 305.585.4483 or angelica.santibanez@jhsmiami.org


Young Girl Returns to Volunteer at Holtz Children’s Hospital Where Doctors Saved Her Life as a Baby

Holtz ChildrenClaudia Milagros Bambaren, 18, has a special connection with children. Her desire to become a pediatrician and care for sick children brought her back to the place that saved her life as a baby.

In 1997, Claudia’s mother, Isabel Cortavitarte, developed issues when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Isabel was admitted to The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial, where she remained for three and a half weeks until delivering her baby girl prematurely. Born on June 16 weighing just a pound, Claudia was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Read More


Support for the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center Survivor Kit Project, was provided by a grant from the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The funds will provide 100 Survivor Kits to women and men who are victims of rape and sexual assault. Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center focuses on providing exceptional, personalized care to each victim, turned survivor, who is in desperate need of a fresh start.


Jackson Health Foundation participates in a variety of community events to educate the public about topics that include health and wellness.

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Over two hundred philanthropists and community leaders attended the Jackson Health Foundation’s 9th Annual Golden Angels Recognition Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant in Miami Beach on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The event, chaired by Silvia Rios Fortun, Chair of the Jackson Health Foundation Board of Directors and Vice Chairman Dr. Rudolph Moise recognized and celebrated the contributions of the Foundation’s Golden Angel Society.

Supporters of the Foundation were welcomed with a lively happy hour and hors d’oeuvres as well as invited to visit the Social Media Gallery to participate in photo opportunities to share with their friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As guests made their way into the dining hall, they were able to view renderings of the upcoming projects the Foundation is raising money for including the Jackson West Hospital in Doral, renovations to the Holtz Children’s Hospital lobby and building the Christine E. Lynn Rehab Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Attendees were also given the opportunity to participate in a raffle to win tickets to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

“This is a great event that I look forward to coming to every year. It’s a nice way to thank our contributors who want to make a difference in the community,” said Ms. Rios Fortun.