St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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Beautiful possibilities were unlocked for St. Joe’s kids at our recent Heroes Ball benefiting the St. Joseph’s Children’s Chronic Complex Clinic. Nearly 700 guests stepped through the door into a secret garden to honor Daniel J. Plasencia, MD, FAAP, the founder of the Clinic and medical director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as our Community Hero. It was announced during the celebration that the Clinic would be named for Dr. Plasencia in recognition of his devotion to children in our community. Thank you to our generous sponsors and guests who helped us to raise a record-breaking $450,000. Not only did we celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Plasencia and his dedicated team, but also cultivated a lasting impression of the innovative care at the Chronic Complex Clinic. Special thanks to Hinks and Elaine Shimberg and Kasey Shimberg Kelly, our Heroes Ball Chairs, and Honorary Chair Tino Martinez.
For more images of this year’s Heroes Ball, check out our Facebook page
St. Joseph’s Hospital has been named on the prestigious IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list (formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics). It was one of only two large community hospitals in the state to receive this recognition. In addition, St. Joseph’s Hospital was one of 12 hospitals in the United States to earn the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.
In order to be considered for these recognitions, the annual 100 Top Hospitals starts with a study of more than 2,700 hospitals and incorporates independent public data, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodologies, and key performance metrics. Hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market this honor. The results go into a scorecard that evaluates hospitals on patient care and satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability, and compares them to hospitals of similar size and type. According to IBM Watson, if all hospitals in the United States achieved the benchmarks set by St. Joseph’s Hospital and other 2018 Top 100 winners:
Give Day Tampa Bay returns for a fifth year on May 1, 2018, and is your opportunity to “give where you live.” This year, St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation will direct all proceeds collected from the 24-hour online giving challenge to our 8th annual Prom Celebration.
This year’s Prom theme, “May the Fourth Be With You,” promises an evening that will take these kids to a galaxy far, far away – creating a night they will never forget. Patients who were unable to attend their own prom due to hospitalization or younger patients who, due to life-limiting illness, will most likely never get the opportunity, are invited to experience everything that a traditional prom would be. These special kids, whose everyday life is filled with a multitude of physical and emotional tests, get to be normal for one precious day. From attire to flowers to a memorable portrait session, we need your support to make this a memorable event.
Dealing with a life-changing experience can become a pivotal moment that drives you to make a difference. For Geoffrey Gillon, it was witnessing his mother undergo the effects of breast cancer, and the challenges presented to her and her family.
Thankfully, the breast cancer was detected early, giving Geoff’s mother’s physicians the opportunity to perform surgery and save her life. Understanding that early detection was key in his mother’s successful battle against breast cancer, Geoff and his wife, Heather, sought to encourage regular mammograms for the women in their community. Therefore, they focused their philanthropic efforts on breast cancer detection and research.
When their business, The Pink Plumber, with locations in Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Atlanta, wanted to continue their legacy of giving locally, they chose to support the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. After hearing that over 20,000 women trusted the Shimberg Breast Center for their breast health last year, they knew they were giving their charitable dollars to the right organization.
Thank you, Geoff and Heather, for your generous gift to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and for being champions in the fight against breast cancer!
St. Joseph’s Hospital has officially broken ground on a $126 million expansion, a six-story tower that will feature a new main entrance, a beautiful covered entry, 90 new private patient rooms, a pedestrian bridge and more. The new bridge will connect St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital to the main hospital across Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., allowing direct transport from one hospital to the other.
We are grateful to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary for making a seven-figure gift to support the construction. Naming opportunities are available for the project.
“The Tampa Bay area continues to be a popular destination,” said St. Joseph’s Hospital President Kimberly Guy. “This expansion will allow us to not only meet its rapid population growth but also better serve the medical needs of our neighbors by increasing our medical specialties and services.”
Wednesday’s groundbreaking is part of a larger $308 million expansion including new additions at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview all slated to open in 2019.