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Philanthropic Women Fund New Cardiac & Emergency Equipment

The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s convened recently for their annual project selection meeting. Members heard presentations from St. Joseph’s Hospitals’ physicians on some of the most pressing medical needs of our community. Together, the entire group of women voted on which project would be funded with their $205,000 grant.

The package selected, presented by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Daniel McKenna, will provide 2 cardiac and emergency ultrasounds units. The Heart Institute’s Cardiovascular Hybrid Operating Suite will utilize the Epiq Cardiac Ultrasound for assessing, diagnosing, and treating adult and pediatric patients, including newborn babies, with congenital heart conditions. The second ultrasound, to be utilized at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North’s Emergency Department, will assist nurses with placing peripheral IVs in patients with compromised veins. In addition to a higher success rate for placement of IVs on the first attempt, the ultrasound allows the user to see deeper and larger veins within the arms resulting in fewer complications.

To learn more about the Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s, click here.

Patient Spotlight: Baseball Executive Gets Major League Care

In the middle of the night, Howard Grosswirth, an executive with the New York Yankees, arrived at the emergency department of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North complaining of severe chest pains. He was quickly diagnosed with an Aortic Dissection, a tear in the inner lining of the aorta, and was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Howard underwent a complex, eight-hour open heart surgery, starting with a procedure to completely replace his ascending aorta with a hemashield vessel graft followed by an aortic valve replacement. In less than two months, Howard was back in the game thanks to the major league care provided at St. Joe’s.

Syd and Judy Heaton

Syd and Judy Heaton St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation Tampa Florida DonorBefore they moved to Tampa in 1987, Syd and Judy Heaton say they had lived in a lot of cold places, having moved every couple of years with IBM. So when Syd took over IBM’s network services business, which had an operations center in Tampa, he managed to relocate its headquarters from Connecticut to Tampa. Syd retired from IBM in 1997, and now the Heaton’s only travel to cold places to visit their children and grandchildren.

Every July their entire family—four children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren—gather at Syd and Judy’s summer home in the North Carolina mountains to celebrate the Fourth. “It’s America at its best,” says Syd. “We’re in the parade with all the kids in the back of a pickup truck throwing beads.”

About five years ago, foundation board member Nora Musselman invited the Heatons to St. Joseph’s to meet executives there and to talk about the hospital’s plans. Of everything they heard, the plans for the new North hospital stayed with them. “It felt good to think about having a first-class facility within 15 minutes of our house,” says Syd. They knew from their own experience the kind of care the new hospital would provide.

“Every contact we’ve had with St Joseph’s, from admission to the labs to the emergency room, was terrific,” Syd says. “Everyone was always friendly and helpful and gave us the best of attention. We were always very impressed with the experience.”

The admitting center at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is named for Syd and Judy Heaton.

Sid and Donna Jordan

Sid and Donna Jordan St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation Tampa Florida DonorPassion is a word that describes Donna and Sid Jordan well. They have a love for anything outdoors – tennis, golf, fishing, skiing, biking – and for anything related to their beloved Florida Gators. Sports memorabilia from Gainesville fill their sports room. They’re passionate about contemporary art, especially glass objects that add a visceral punch of color to their home, and they’re also passionate about St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Donna and Sid met at Plant High School in South Tampa on the tennis team. The school newspaper needed a photo of two athletes and chose Donna and Sid. They started playing tennis together and began dating, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The couple returned to South Tampa from Temple Terrace, where they had lived for 14 years. Donna’s mother lives one street away in the house where she grew up; Sid grew up just three streets away. Although both of their sons, Bill and Matt, were born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, it was their move back to South Tampa that sparked their strong relationship with the hospital.

Donna started volunteering, was asked to join the foundation board, and then subsequently, the hospital board. She and co-founder Elaine Shimberg spearheaded the Foundation’s women’s initiative, The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s. “Members get great educational opportunities – they tour behind the scenes, meet doctors, administrators, and experience new technology. We make a philanthropic gift and decide collectively what our gift to the hospital will fund,” Donna says. “Our members love it.”

Giving to St. Joseph’s is a significant part of the Jordan’s community support. “I love the core values of St. Joe’s,” says Donna. “Everyone cares about people, and they care about the mission of the Franciscan sisters. We want this community to have quality healthcare and hospitals. We’re pleased with St. Joe’s, its vision, and what it’s doing for the community, and we want to show our commitment to it.”

A leadership gift from Donna and Sid Jordan has been recognized in the tower at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

Roland and Helga Hausmann

Roland and Helga Hausmann St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation Tampa florida DonorRoland and Helga Hausmann moved to Tampa four years ago to be here for the birth of their first grandchild. They now have two, Luke and Josh.

“These kids are what life is all about,“ says Roland. Although he and Helga still play golf and manage to travel a bit, their social life is secondary to the boys. “It’s the almost daily ‘fix’ of seeing the boys that make our day,” says Helga. “When either of us is a little down or out of sorts, all we have to do is look at the screen saver on our phone to see those two happy faces, and as Luke would say to us, “all better.”

The Hausmanns are grateful to previous St. Joseph’s board members, Bill Meurer and Nora Musselman, for navigating the waters and getting them to St. Joseph’s. When Roland had back surgery at St. Joseph’s, the doctor called Helga every morning to give her updates on Roland’s progress, and when he had a heart procedure, the doctor spent a long time after the surgery talking with Helga and the couple’s children. “Everyone truly cares about you there, and it shows,” says Roland.

The central information desk at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is a gift from the Roland and Helga Hausmann family.