Jupiter Medical Center Receives $15 Million Donation

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Emily Pantelides
Jacobson Strategic Communications
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Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust Make Donation to Bring World-Class Pediatric Services to Palm Beach County

JUPITER, FLA. (February 5, 2015) – Jupiter Medical Center announced today it received a $15 million donation, the largest one-time donation in the Medical Center’s history, to develop pediatric services at Jupiter Medical Center in partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital, soon to be renamed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The first phase of the project is a 12-bed inpatient pediatric unit at Jupiter Medical Center.

“As part of our strategy to continue to meet the growing healthcare needs in Palm Beach County, we’re excited to expand the pediatric services offered to our community,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “This generous donation from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust make it possible to offer unparalleled pediatric care in our own backyard.”

The inpatient pediatric unit at Jupiter Medical Center will include:

  • 12 inpatient pediatric rooms
  • a pediatric operating suite
  • a children’s playroom
  • a Bear’s Den room for rest and respite (named after Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus)

More than a year ago, Miami Children’s Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center partnered to enhance pediatrics in North Palm Beach County. Since then, Jupiter Medical Center has implemented telehealth technology, enabling Miami Children’s Hospital physicians to interact with Jupiter Medical Center’s physicians and patients remotely to consult on a patient’s care in real time while the patient is in the Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Additionally, Jupiter Medical Center has two pediatric ER physicians in place during peak hours, and also offers pediatric MRI services in collaboration with Miami Children’s Hospital.

“This expansion of our work with Jupiter Medical Center builds on the vision we share with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to provide access to specialized care for children,” stated Dr. Narendra Kini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Miami Children’s Health System.

The inpatient pediatric unit will be located on the same floor as the newly opened Florence A. De George Children’s & Women’s Services obstetrics unit, and will be operational by the end of this year.

“Offering children the best opportunity for a healthy life has always been a passion for my family,” said Larry
De George of the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust. “It’s such a wonderful synergy to put the knowledge and passion of these two hospitals together with our charitable trust and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation for the enhancement of children’s lives, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.”

“We have long said that there is no greater calling than helping children in need of medical care, and at the same time positively impacting the lives of those families who so dearly love these children,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara said in a shared statement. “It is even more gratifying that this helping hand can be extended to children in our own backyard, so we are thrilled to make this donation to expand pediatric services in Palm Beach County.”

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About the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust

The mission of the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust is to support seriously ill and at-risk children. The legacy of Larry and Florence De George includes two Florence De George Boys and Girls Clubs in Broward County and Palm Beach County; founders of Camp Boggy Creek, along with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and actor Paul Newman, a camp for seriously ill children located in Eustis, Florida; a seven year grant to the American Heart Association’s research on fetal heart development; and the Kravis Center’s De George Academy for Performing Arts heralded as a shining star for economically-disadvantaged students. In June 2015 the i-Ready program of mathematics and reading will be implemented at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. This five year remedial program focuses on raising mathematics and reading proficiencies for students in grades 1-6.

About the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004, in an effort to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare in their own communities. The Foundation has grown from a vision to reality, supporting innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.nchcf.org.

About Jupiter Medical Center

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.

About Miami Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital, soon to be renamed Nicklaus Children's Hospital®, is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, visit www.mch.com.

About Miami Children’s Health System

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital operates South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children's Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children's Health Foundation, the organization's 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of eight nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialty Group, Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center (opening soon), as well as an e-commerce line of children's wellness and safety products that support the hospital's mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. MCHS is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children.

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