In 1991, Miami-Dade was in a trauma crisis, with hospitals unwilling to meet the needs of the seriously injured or dying. In response to this crisis, a group of community leaders led by Jay Weiss created the Jackson Memorial Foundation -- a leadership that raised more than $20 million to create the Ryder Trauma Center.
The Jackson Memorial Foundation has raised millions upon millions to help Jackson care for those in need.
Jackson’s Holtz Children's Hospital was created through the generosity of donors, especially Abel and Fana Holtz, who not only advocate for the Hospital, but are hands on supporters. Holtz Children’s Hospital contains the world renown intensive care unit for children -- the Carnival Cares for Kids Center -- supported through millions from Carnival Corp. and the Miami Heat. One floor above is the Taylor Learning Center, made possible by Jason Taylor's Foundation.
For a decade, the Guardian Angels, a group I helped co found, has raised millions to upgrade the Children's Hospital and purchase lifesaving equipment, such as a Fetal Imaging System, that allows surgery for babies in the womb. Through the efforts of the Women's Cancer League and Elizabeth and Mitchell Taylor, Jackson has the Taylor Breast Center, serving thousands of uninsured women annually.
The Batchelor Urology Center and its million-dollar lithotripter were made principally possible through the generosity of George Batchelor's Foundation. Nursing scholarships have helped Miami Dade College train some of the most dedicated nurses you could find anywhere. Jackson's mental health hospital benefits from the Frances Fields Gordon Endowment.
Through Jackson's international program, started with a gift from Amedex/BUPA, Jackson was been able to attract thousands of paying patients and add millions to Jackson's bottom line.
The Foundation’s International Kids Fund (IKF’s Wonderfund) has saved the lives of hundreds of children from throughout the world whose intense diseases cannot be treated in their home country. Jackson provides the facilities, UM's Miller School of Medicine provides the physicians and IKF’s Wonderfund finds the money.
Its Golden Angels, generous citizens who give a minimum of $50,000 for Jackson's priorities now number in the hundreds.
These are just some of the ways in which the Jackson Foundation has made an impact on Jackson Memorial Hospital and the population it serves. Jackson cares for the sickest and the neediest in Miami Dade County, the Jackson Memorial Foundation stands independently and proudly at Jackson's side.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Being a former chairman of the foundation board and a former member of the Public Health Trust for whom the foundation raises money, I am proud that the foundation has given over $36 million in private donations to its beneficiaries in the Jackson Health System in just the last five years, and well over a hundred million during its history.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would urge its board of directors to become even more active in fundraising for the Public Health Trust and Jackson Health System.