Cold Stone South Florida Community Partner Highlight: The Broward Health Foundation and the KIDS Campaign

It’s All About KIDS

Family-centered care at the heart of a $52 million renovation of the children’s hospital at Broward Health Medical Center

It's time again for us to highlight one of our favorite foundations to work with and these month we're highlighting The Broward Health Foundation and the KIDS Campaign. We do a lot of work with Broward Health and we love what a pleasure they are to work with and how much they do for the South Florida community!

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The Broward Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Broward Health, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the nation. The mission of the Broward Health Foundation is to improve the health of the community by providing resources to promote, support and enhance the programs and initiatives of the Broward Health healthcare system, comprised of Broward Health Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs and Broward Health North as well as several specialty clinics and healthcare sites located throughout Broward County.

Recently, the Broward Health Foundation launched a $20.6 million campaign to help underwrite the $52 million renovation and expansion of the 145-bed acute care children’s hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. Called the KIDS Campaign, the Foundation will seek philanthropic support from the community to help achieve this goal.

Admitting a child to the hospital affects the whole family. That is why the renovation of the children’s hospital puts family-centered care at the forefront. It includes the creation of private neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, as well as 22 private oncology/hematology suites. Not only will these rooms provide a much needed respite for families, as they will include private bathrooms and sleeping accommodations for family members, they will also help reduce a child’s exposure to illnesses that could harm their already weakened immune systems.

Phase one of the two-phase project -- the renovation and expansion of the hospital’s Maternity Place -- has already successfully reached completion. The new facility boasts all-private rooms and a handful of suites for new-mothers and families, allows for an intimate first few hours and days after welcoming their new baby in a calm, soothing environment.

The second phase looks to help children and their families feel more comfortable in the hospital. As Dennis Stefanacci, president and CEO of Broward Health Foundation puts it, “The travesty here is that we have some of the best doctors in the state and we have great nursing care and great administrative support. While we are delivering the highest level of health care and quality care in those facilities, we are not providing the optimum level of comfort.”

When completed, the $52 million renovation and expansion will make patients feel more comfortable, while enabling children and their families more privacy and time to reflect on diagnoses and treatment options.

In September, the Foundation announced a $10 million, dollar-for-dollar challenge grant from the Salah Foundation, one of the largest charitable contributions ever made in Broward County. The $10 million matching gift, will go toward the KIDS Campaign. Making a lead gift to the campaign was Lorraine Thomas, wife of Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, who gave $1.5 million toward the project.

For the campaign to be successful, it will require the participation of the entire community, every gift, no matter how small, helps. There are numerous ways to get involved. Visit BrowardHealthFoundation.org or call the Foundation at 954.712.3980 to learn more about the project and the power of one gift.