Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Announces Transformational Gift to Advance Pediatric Surgery

*Photo was taken before COVID-19* David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel of VoLo Foundation with members of Nicklaus Children’s clinical team caring for their son. They are (from left to right) Dr. Anthony Rossi, cardiac surgery specialist and research director of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine; and dr. Redmond Burke, chief of cardiovascular surgery.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital today announced a $5 million gift from the VoLo Foundation – a private family foundation – to support advances in pediatric surgical care and treatment. In recognition of this generous gift, made possible by VoLo Foundation co-founders David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel, the hospital will soon designate a “VoLo Foundation Cardiac and Neurology Floor” on Nicklaus Children’s main campus.

“We are honored to be able to give something back to the hospital that saved our son’s life more than 20 years ago,” said David and Thais Vogel. “It is thanks to the wonderful heart surgery team at Nicklaus Children’s that our son, Mitch, is here today living a full, happy and healthy life. With this donation, we want to show our appreciation and do what we can to help impact more valuable lives.”

The $5 million gift will build on Nicklaus Children’s 70-year legacy of pediatric clinical excellence, supporting significant advances in advanced medical technologies and innovations, medical education and expansions in surgical operating rooms that will each help advance patient care for generations to come. .

“Nicklaus Children’s is grateful to the VoLo Foundation and the Vogel family for their generous gift that will help advance all aspects of surgical care, while driving innovation and our vision of creating a healthy future for every child,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “This charitable support will go a long way toward bringing hope and healing to thousands of children and families who count on us in times of need.”

At South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric hospital, Nicklaus Children’s surgeons perform more than 16,000 surgeries a year, treating some of the most complex and rare pediatric cases. Across all subspecialties, Nicklaus Children’s treats nearly a quarter of a million patients a year.

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