Each year, women across our community give generously of their time and talent to The Women’s Board. Our members and volunteers bring a diversity of viewpoints, ages, and backgrounds, but we are all united by one cause – supporting the life-changing work that happens at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Some of this life-changing work garnered national attention this spring when a team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other surgical professionals separated conjoined twins Conner and Carter Mirabal. After many months in the Wolfson Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Conner and Carter underwent a historic surgery and separation. The 12-hour surgery was successful largely in part because of the highly specialized care the Mirabal twins received at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. (See the full story here.)
Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides a full range of pediatric healthcare services from routine to the most complex. However, there are some services at which Wolfson Children’s Hospital truly excels. Called Centers of Distinction, these service areas are staffed by highly skilled physicians sub-specialists and equipped with the most advanced technology. Wolfson Children’s Hospital currently boasts four Centers of Distinction, and The Women’s Board has committed to raising $4 million over 5 years to help fund the creation of the new Wolfson’s Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction. A large portion of the total raised by The Women’s Board for the Surgery Center will be matched at 150%, making our total contribution $7 million.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction will enable the most skilled surgical staff to work on advancing surgical techniques, expand the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and help the hospital meet the needs of pediatric trauma patients. With funds raised by The Women’s Board, Wolfson Children’s Hospital will be able to provide minimally invasive surgical options, enhanced pediatric trauma services for patients across Northeast Florida, and an endowed professorship to support an eminent pediatric surgeon.
As we enter the third year of our pledge to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, we invite you to join our fundraising efforts by attending the 2015 Art and Antiques Show. With world class vendors, nationally acclaimed guest lecturers, and the magic and beauty of Spain, it’s sure to be a weekend you won’t want to miss. (More information about the show can be found here.)
Annie Bryan lives in Jacksonville with her husband Josh. She is a member of the Art and Antiques Show Public Relations and Co-Chair of the Blog Committee. Annie works for the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations as the Special Projects Manager, and she serves as VP External Affairs and General Counsel at the start up company, HeroMe.