St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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The South Tampa Barnes and Nobel is hosting a fall book drive October 26 and December 7 benefiting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital online and in stores. In addition to collecting books, participants may donate toys and activities, with a percentage of all sales given to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
Here are ways to participate:
Join us at the South Tampa Barnes & Noble location all day on either October 26 or December 7 to purchase and donate in stores.
Make purchases online for an additional 5 days after each fair, and use the book fair ID number: 12558342 and check the box that you’re purchasing as a book fair order so that the proceeds of your purchase go to St. Joe’s kids.
Looking for ideas? Click here to view Child Life’s most requested books.
Over 30 business and community leaders from across Tampa Bay were invited for an interactive behind-the-scenes look at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
With four tracks to choose from, including emergency, robotic surgery, NICU, and women’s and children’s services, participants had an opportunity to spend the day exploring Tampa’s most notable hospital. This unique experience involves thought-provoking medical discussions and provides the opportunity for respected leaders to make rounds with our highly skilled and experienced physicians and medical professions.
A full field of golfers gathered for an exciting, and very rainy day on Old Memorial Golf and Country Club’s beautiful course, raising nearly $125,000 to support St. Joseph’s Hospital. Hospital president Kimberly Guy announced that the proceeds would be put to work to purchase the Artic Sun, a temperature management system that cools the body to slow down swelling and damage to the brain after a patient has coded or suffered a heart attack.
Thanks to this year’s ALDS Champions, The New York Yankees, we were able to offer a special raffle won by Tom Cummings for a fly-away trip to New York to enjoy a game during the upcoming 2020 season. We appreciate the continued support of our presenting sponsor Barton Malow Construction, former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde, our Old Memorial member sponsor, and all the teams and players who help to make the event such a big success every year.
Kick the tires and pop the hood, but first gauge the heart. That is how Scott Fink succeeds in business, community service, and philanthropy.
Striving for the best in customer service keeps the CEO of Fink Automotive Group revved up to operate six Pasco County dealerships, Including Hyundai of New Port Richey, the brand’s highest volume showroom in the nation.
The Brooklyn native entered the auto industry at age 25, hired by the Ford Motor Co. for a marketing position in the New York district sales region. Fink’s outstanding work quickly drew notice, and in 1989 he was offered a promotion up to headquarters in Detroit. Instead, Fink went dealership shopping in Florida. Within 18 months of buying Clearwater Mitsubishi, the unprofitable showroom was No. 1 in sales and ranked among the top five for the next ten years.
Kathy Fink grew up in Dearborn, Michigan going to car shows every January to see the newest models with her father, a Ford Motor accountant. Even as a little girl, she aspired to work for the automaker. Soon after graduating from Michigan State, she was on her way to New York to work in Ford’s parts and service division. On her very first day, a tall, attractive man caught her eye in the back of the cafeteria.
The couple kept their budding romance off the radar, per Ford’s employee dating policy. Co-workers were taken by surprise when they announced they were engaged and moving to Florida. Married in 1990, the Finks are parents of five, ages 25 to 13-year-old twins. Two adult children have already followed their parents into working in the auto industry.
Philanthropists and community volunteers at heart, Scott and Kathy are involved at the board level, as volunteers and as donors at Berkeley Preparatory School, Metropolitan Ministries, and St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation. Scott also lends his leadership to the Tampa Bay Partnership and Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
Scott’s affinity for St. Joseph’s and its Foundation first evolved from his connection to Hyundai Hope on Wheels. The carmaker and its U.S. dealers contribute to pediatric cancer research and care with every Hyundai vehicle purchased, more than $145 million to date. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital named its inpatient oncology floor, the Hyundai Hope Unit, when Hope on Wheels philanthropy to the hospital reached $1 million. He has served on the Foundation board for nearly a decade.
It was during a Hope on Wheels visit to a California children’s hospital that Scott first saw the Infusionarium, –an innovative, interactive treatment space using audio-visual technology that can transport youngsters tethered to IV chemotherapy and other intravenous medication to their “best healing place” – a theme park, the beach, or watching movies and playing video games in a theater environment. Kathy immediately shared his enthusiasm for funding the technology to create a similar “happy place” at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
By this time, due to a Chrohn’s diagnosis, the Children’s Hospital had become a regular part of their youngest son David’s life – and a much more personal cause for Scott and Kathy. She recalls, “St. Joseph’s made a very bad time in our lives positive. They embraced us and took incredible care of David, who is healthy and thriving today.”
For the Fink family bumper sticker, we propose: Driven to Care.
Through a generous gift from the Hillsborough County Medical Association Foundation, 25 Heartbeat Bears were funded to help families of our cardiac patients cope with being separated from their children during extended hospital stays.
A heart recorder is used to capture 20 seconds of a child’s heartbeat and then stored inside the stuffed bear for safekeeping. The heartbeat can then be heard through the toy by simply pressing on the recorder, allowing family members to feel close to their child who may be experiencing an extended stay at the hospital.
Megan Miller, a mother of three boys, including Brooks, shared how a Heartbeat Bear helped her cope during her son’s hospital stay in the Pediatric Cardiac Unit. “During one of the more stressful days at the hospital, I was gifted a heartbeat bear. As I opened it I had tears fill my eyes. I was able to take a small part of my little Brooks home with me at night, which made the extended hospital stay a bit better. When I was missing him during the night and needing some Brooks snuggles, I had Brook’s heartbeat next to me. Being able to hear his heartbeat encouraged me and helped me know he was getting phenomenal care at the hospital. We truly cherished this special gift and will keep him always.”
Due to congenital heart defects, many of our patients are newborns who spend weeks to months recovering in the hospital. This situation is especially hard on the families who cannot stay with their child 24 hours a day due to obligations with returning to work or caring for other children. With the help of a Heartbeat Bear, families can feel close to their children when they are unable to be physically present.