St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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Roland 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.
As a child, Kayla Lau had an erratic, rapid heartbeat. Her heart would race for a short period of time and then correct itself. Doctors were challenged to pinpoint the cause because her episodes were so brief and unpredictable. When she was in sixth grade, she had an extended episode that landed her in the St. Joseph’s emergency room, and the cause was diagnosed. Kayla had been born with an extra electrode in her heart. Within a few weeks, she underwent surgery at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
As her parents, Philip and JoAnn, left the hospital after her surgery, reassured by her physician that Kayla’s problems had been eliminated, they saw a giving thermometer in the lobby marking the fundraising goal for the new Children’s Heart Center. The next day the couple gave a gift to name an examination room in the new center for their daughter. The Laus already had a soft spot for St. Joseph’s. Their second son, Andrew, was born two months premature, and during his first two years of life, they became intimately familiar with neonatal and pediatric care at St. Joseph’s. Philip Lau spends much of his time thinking about hospitals and hospital technology. His company, International Specialists, manufactures circuit boards and components for the medical industry as well as other industries. Philip’s two sons, Christopher and Andrew, have now joined him in the family business, which was founded by his father in 1971.
To relax, Philip plays golf or joins JoAnn at their beachfront condo in Pinellas County. The couple spends a few weeks in Hawaii each summer and takes periodic shorter trips to Chicago to get away. “We’re fortunate,” says JoAnn, who met Philip when she worked for his accountant nearly 30 years ago. “We have everything we want, and we want to share with others.”
A mother/baby room at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is named for Philip and JoAnn Lau.
Paula McGuiness expected to stay at St. Joseph’s for a few years as an operating room nurse and then move on to other opportunities. Nearly 40 years later, she’s still at the hospital, now as the chief operating officer of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital-North.
“The surprise for me was that all of those great opportunities were here within St. Joseph’s,” says Paula. “I’ve been blessed that those who have touched my life allowed me to grow and saw things in me that I didn’t know were there.”
Paula eased into hospital administration in 1978 when she took over management of the operating room and then became director of surgical services. Next, she helped develop the open heart program, and then she helped design and establish the outpatient surgery center. Paula eventually became director of the surgical center and diagnostic imaging services for St. Joseph’s. In 2000, she started working on the design and development of the new hospital and became its COO in 2007.
“This truly has been an experience of a lifetime,” she says. However, opening the new hospital is just the beginning. “A hospital is not only about bricks and mortar,” she says. “It’s about choosing the right people, becoming part of a community, and meeting your financial obligations so you can maintain and sustain a healthy organization now and into the future.”
Commitment and community are reoccurring themes in a conversation with Paula. She talks about commitment to caring for the physical and emotional well being of patients and their families, her commitment to supporting her team and the leaders of the other St. Joseph’s hospitals, and the new hospital’s commitment to the local community. One way Paula plans to build relationships with residents is through educational programs about health issues and treatment options held in the hospital classrooms long before that care is needed.
The classrooms at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North are named for Paula McGuiness.
Until their first grandchild arrived in 2009, John and Fran Borreca would have claimed travel as their primary passion. Now trips to California wine country, the Colorado mountains, and cruises in Europe take a back seat to Evan, who was born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and lives only about 30 minutes away from them.
Having family close has been a lifelong gift for John and Fran. They each moved to Tampa from greater New York City in the early 1970s as teenagers, and their families ended up as next-door neighbors. After they married, the couple spent a few years in Texas and then in New Jersey before moving back to Tampa, but their parents continued to live side-by-side for years. A visit to one set of parents naturally became a visit to both.
Now retired—John as president and CEO of Celotex, which manufactured building materials, and Fran from the accounting office of Moffitt Cancer Center—the Borrecas spend a lot of their free time involved with St. Joseph’s. John previously chaired the board of BayCare Health System and had served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital board since 2001.
They also experienced the compassionate care of the St. Joseph’s team members when their grandson Evan spent the first week of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit due to a heart irregularity.
The Borrecas know that being involved in their community can have a significant impact on others, and they believe that giving back is the right thing to do. “We’ve been extraordinarily blessed as a family, the life we have, the kids we have,” says John. “It’s appropriate to give of our time and our finances to support St. Joseph’s.”
The Family Resource Lounge at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is named for John and Francine Borreca.
Jerry Archibald’s relationship with St. Joseph’s Hospital began in 1968 when a train hit his car at an unmarked railroad crossing in northern Hillsborough County. “I thought I was going to die,” Jerry recalls. “I could hardly breathe.” When he arrived at St. Joseph’s, “It was a great feeling seeing a nurse, and she said, ‘You’ll be okay.’” Over the years Jerry estimates he’s been in the St. Joseph’s emergency room more than a dozen times, including when his wife Suzie was cared for at the hospital after a severe car accident in 1980.
When the new St. Joseph’s Hospital-North opened, the Archibalds knew they wanted to give back to the institution that had always cared for them. It’s also part of a larger pattern in their lives. They like to help people directly, much like the way Jerry was helped when growing up as the son of a single mother in New Port Richey. “People there were always watching out for me,” he says, whether it was baskets of food during the holidays or jobs and small investment opportunities.
“I’ve been very fortunate in business,” says Jerry, who founded and sold three banks during his career. “You can’t just take in life. You have to give something back.” The Archibalds give back in another way, through their dog, Bailey, who was recently named one of America’s most loveable pets by the television show “Wheel of Fortune.” “Everyone is drawn to Bailey,” says Suzie of the Poodle/Shih-Tzu mix they adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa. Pet therapy is on the horizon for Bailey, but even more, she is an ambassador for the Humane Society. “I want to make sure everyone knows where she came from,” says Suzie. “There are real gems there.”
An ICU patient room at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is named for Gerald and Suzie Archibald.