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Foundation & Friends - March/April 2017 - Issue #2

Orlando Health Foundation is partnering through philanthropy to help build a healthy community in Central Florida.

o r l a n d o h e a l t h f o u n d a t i o n | P ARTNERIN G THROU G H P HILANTHRO P Y FOR A HEALTH Y C O M M UNIT Y

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Play it Forward

Supports Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

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Orlando Health Foundation Board of Directors

Executive Committee

M. Kathryn Garrett, MD, Chairman
Richard T. McCree, Sr., Vice Chair
Phillips A. Easterling, Treasurer and Secretary Pro Tem
Philip W. Rich, Immediate Past Chairman
Amy Saunders, Appointee
Kathy Johnson, Appointee
David Strong, President and CEO, Orlando Health
Gregor Alexander, MD, Representative, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation
Jamal Hakim, MD, Representative, Adult Hospital Group
John W. Bozard, President, Orlando Health Foundation

Jess Bailes R. Brock Kelsey
Sudhir Bhaskar, MD Helen Leon
Helen Cairns Rafael E. Martinez
James P. Caruso Sheryl Meitin
Kenneth M. Clayton Justin Melnick
Bill Dillard Cynthia C. Perry
Arnold Evans Sibille Pritchard
Annette Ford Dean Sider, MD
Peter Fox Kevin M. Smith
Lee Heard Ralph Veerman
John W. Hillenmeyer Andy Warden
Richard T. Hurt Bryce West

Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation Come See the Story!
Board of Directors
Chances are you’ve driven by our brightly colored
Founders Group Amanda Caruso Randy Mixon building on Michigan Street many times. But do
Warren Christie David Nykanen, MD you know about the impactful work that takes place
Scott Weisz, Chairman Avani Desai Diane O’Dell inside?
R. Brock Kelsey, Vice Chair Ray Easler Julie Petrakis
Amy Saunders Amy Fields W. Russ Prather, MD Join us on a tour of The Howard Phillips Center
Representative, Palmer Family *Bill Gillaspie Jorge Ramirez, MD for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer
Gregor Alexander, MD, Chairman Emeritus Adam Goldstein Matthew Rearden Hospital for Children, to learn more about how
John Bozard Hana Hakim Heath Ritenour we are healing families and strengthening our
President, Orlando Health Foundation Dee Haley Ramon Ruiz MD community. You’ll hear stories which will inspire
Kathy Swanson Jose Herrera-Soto, MD Ted Sheppe you from our frontline caregivers, grateful patients
President, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Ed Kinney Amy Smith, MD and leadership team.
M. Kathryn Garrett, MD Jay Leonard Abdullah Tharoo
Chairman, Orlando Health Foundation Board Helen Leon Visit to schedule a
*Arnold Palmer, Founder (1929-2016) Paul Manos one-hour tour.
*Honorary Member

Southwest Community Board

Executive Committee

Ken Smith, Chairman Simon T. Bailey Britta Hooker
Bill Perry, Vice Chairman Brad Busbin R. Spencer Hughes
Thibaut van Marcke Edward DeAguilera Joanne Kostantinidis
President, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Trisha Engler Israel Mantecon, MD
Mark Marsh Randy Gerber Megan Morris
President, Health Central Hospital Kerry L. Griffis Dave Robbins
Charles Heard, MD

John Bozard
President, Orlando Health Foundation

Karen Jensen
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
Orlando Health Foundation


As we march full speed ahead into the spring and summer months, I am excited to be
working closely with the leadership of our adult hospitals to support their strategic


Dr. Levine’s pride was evident whenever he spoke of ORMC and its talented physicians.


Each year, 200 babies arrive via the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient Transport
Program because of medical, surgical, or rapidly emerging perinatal/postpartum


What do Kohl’s and 60 ballerinas have in common? Surprisingly, more than you might


Weekly music therapy sessions for children with special needs and their adult caregivers
are now made possible for 150 families each year.


The Howard Phillips Center’s Healthy Families programs have proven to be 98%
successful in breaking the cycle of child abuse.


Marcello had been an easy, quiet baby, but as he grew older, his Mom realized that those
very qualities just weren’t right.


Beyond offering much-needed thanks to our staff who work tirelessly to care for
patients, the program ensures we continue to provide the best care possible for our


At Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Medical Center, our physicians do more than just
treat patients at our hospitals; they are friends and, at many times, heroes.


Cancer doesn’t stop – and neither should we.


When asked about the special meaning behind the tournament’s tagline – A Life Well
Played – Marc Leishman shared his personal feelings.


In 2011, Jayci Brauman began an art cart supply drive for patients and siblings at Arnold
Palmer Hospital.


Andrea Eliscu has never met a challenge she couldn’t tackle.


Thanks to the combination of philanthropy and expert medical care, The Hewell Kids’
Kidney Center is changing the lives of patients with kidney disease.


Memorial and tribute gifts are a lasting remembrance of a special person who made an
impact during their life.

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DEAR FRIENDS, As we march full
speed ahead into
I’m delighted to share that this year’s Arnold Palmer the spring and
Invitational presented by Mastercard (API) was a wonderful summer months,
time of great golf, fabulous weather and outstanding I am excited
opportunities for fundraising for our hospitals. The most to be working
notable difference from previous years was the absence of closely with the
its founder and namesake of the annual event, Mr. Palmer leadership of our
himself. His smile and his warm handshake were certainly adult hospitals
missed, but I was incredibly touched, as I know many others to support
were, by the very personal and heartfelt ways his memory was their strategic
honored throughout the week. initiatives. I can’t
help but notice
On Saturday, March 11th, a 13-foot bronze statue of Mr. that Orlando
Palmer was unveiled and opened for viewing throughout the Health holds
tournament. As the crowds gathered to catch a glimpse, it many important
reminded me of the man who was always accessible, always distinctions in
ready with a smile and a handshake, always willing to lend the Central Florida medical community. Orlando Regional
his name and likeness to support lifesaving medical care for Medical Center is Central Florida’s only Level One Trauma
children in need. Marc Leishman, winner of the 39th annual Center. The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton
API, donned a red alpaca cardigan sweater as a tribute to Mr. Therapy at UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health is our
Palmer. That moment was, for me, a reminder that Arnold area’s only proton therapy center, providing targeted radiation
Palmer’s legacy would live on through this tournament and with less side effects for adult and pediatric patients with
through the lifesaving work done every day at the hospitals cancer. The UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
he supported. His life was indeed a life well lived, and we look holds the honor of being named Central Florida’s only Cancer
forward to carrying on his legacy for many years to come. Center of Excellence. Cancer care and heart care at Orlando
Health are second to none, as evidenced by our achievement
This year, Orlando Health celebrated more than 25 years as the of the highest possible rating for quality care provided to
official healthcare provider of the tournament. Medical staff patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for cancer,
from many of our hospitals were on site throughout the week a distinction held by only 10 percent of hospitals.
to care for spectators and players. I should also mention that These are all accomplishments of which we as an organization
Arnie’s March Against Children’s Cancer was again a record- are incredibly proud. If you’d like to learn more about what
breaking success! This fundraising effort to support clinical we’re doing in our adult hospitals and how you can get
trial research at the Haley Center for Children’s Cancer & involved, I encourage you to join us on a tour and see for
Blood Disorders at Arnold Palmer Hospital has raised more yourself the difference we are making in the lives of patients
than $700,000 over the last five years. every day. Come learn more about the services we provide
and hear first-hand stories of people whose lives have been
In addition, I had the privilege of attending the Children’s impacted by the care offered at these facilities. If you’d like to
Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) annual meeting along take a tour of Orlando Regional Medical Center or Health
with 1,400 others here in Orlando. CMNH continues to be a Central Hospital, contact Bo Herrington at 321.841.1831 or
faithful partner in raising funds and awareness for children’s [email protected]
hospitals nationwide, and this meeting served not only to
equip fundraising partners throughout the country but also to
celebrate all of the children who have received much-needed
medical treatment through the work of Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals.

John W. Bozard, President

Orlando Health Foundation
Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation

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Continues Legacy of Caring through
Bequest to Orlando Health


“Ability. Availability. Affability.”

These were the values that guided Dr. Levine’s

philosophy and approach to medicine and

care of his patients.


Dr. Leonard Levine earned his Medical Degree from the Although Len retired in 2008, he maintained his friendships
University of Bologna in 1970. His classes were taught within the medical community. As he always did, Len went the
in Italian, which he proudly used as his second language extra mile and hosted a dinner at his home where he thanked
throughout his life. He returned to the United States for those who had helped him during his medical journey. He
his internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, NJ and continued to take calls from former patients, performed pro
subsequently completed his formal training in both General bono care for children and remained current in his field. He
and Plastic Surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center was proud of Orlando’s growth as a medical center and his
(ORMC). There, he received specialty training in general, ability to contribute to its growth. In addition to Clarendon
hand, head and neck, and cosmetic surgery. His passion Place, Len built 3 spectacular office buildings within the
however - influenced by his years in Italy, exposed to the hospital area allowing physicians to see patients in close
beauty of art and architecture- was for cosmetic surgery and it proximity to the hospital.
soon became an expertise that would define his career. His pride was evident whenever he spoke of ORMC and
During his residency, Dr. Levine fell in love with Orlando its talented physicians. He was happy to be a part of such a
and knew it was where he wanted to call home. He started at successful medical community and often expressed his wish
Orlando Health in 1971 and after many wonderful years with to philanthropically support Orlando Health. He felt deep
ORMC, as a resident and in training, he opened his private gratitude for his good fortune of “landing right” in his chosen
practice in 1977. As his reputation grew, he decided to create career. Upon his passing he bequeathed nearly $1 million
the ideal environment for his practice in 1985. Always putting dollars to Orlando Regional Medical Center; a tremendous gift
the comfort of his patients first, he purchased a large Greek further demonstrating his caring for his community.
revival home and carriage house at 80 West Gore St., proudly Among the areas to benefit from his gift is the Surgical
named Clarendon Place after his mother Clare. He renovated Residents Education Program at ORMC as he enjoyed sharing
“his professional home” to include an office, an operating his experiences with young doctors through educational
room and a licensed overnight stay facility, the only one of its activities. This same spirit will be echoed in his legacy and its
kind in Orlando. continued impact on the education of physicians at ORMC.
Len practiced in Orlando for his entire career and was elected Dr Levine’s years of caring for others will continue through the
department chief at Orlando’s Lucerne Hospital. He was a generosity of his gift. It is because of Len’s impact that more
great supporter of Grand Rounds and conferences. He enjoyed doctors are able to serve the central Florida community that he
sharing his experience with younger physicians, however, was an integral part of throughout his life.
it was his surgical skill, his devotion to his patients, and his
genuine concern for others that defined him as a physician.
He was a great listener and had a special ability to connect
with others. He especially enjoyed using his skills as a plastic
surgeon to help others feel better about themselves, a unique
ability that earned him countless friends and admirers
throughout his career and life.

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Kohl’s Dedicates Nearly $200,000 to Arnold Palmer Hospital’s Sports
Medicine Program

What do Kohl’s and 60 ballerinas have in common? Surprisingly, more than you realize.

Steadily growing since 2007, a partnership between Kohl’s and These workshops are made possible through the partnership
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has benefited thousands with Kohl’s and Arnold Palmer Hospital’s Play It Forward
of young, Central Florida athletes. The Kohl’s Play It Forward program. Kohl’s has provided more than $2.1 million dollars in
program sends Arnold Palmer Hospital sports medicine funding over the last 10 years. Most recently, Kohl’s presented
physicians and athletic trainers into the community to instruct Arnold Palmer Hospital with $198,753!
coaches, parents and children on safety techniques and how to
decrease the risk of and treat minor injuries. Kohl’s commitment is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares
cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s
Sports injury prevention sells $5 books
workshops presented by and toys, where
Arnold Palmer Hospital, 100 percent
take place routinely of net profit
throughout the year. benefits children’s
Recently, our team’s sports initiatives
medicine professionals nationwide,
provided a free workshop including hospital
to approximately 60 new partnerships like
dancers and their families this one. Kohl’s
at the Orlando Ballet has raised nearly
Training School. Although $300 million
classes are designed through this
to engage athletes and merchandise
make learning fun, program.
important conditioning
and techniques to prevent
sports injuries are covered Kohl’s district manager and store managers, along with Arnold Palmer Hospital
in detail. staff and dancers from the Orlando Ballet School, participated in a Kohl’s Play
It Forward training, followed by a celebration of Kohl’s most recent donation to
the hospital.

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Hard Rock Heals Foundation
Awards First Ever Grant to
The Howard Phillips Center

Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires,
connects and can help restore the spirit.

The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, is proud to be The Hard
Rock Heals Foundation’s first grant recipent. The foundation’s
mission, to provide assistance to individuals whose goal is

to heal through the power of music, aligns deeply with The As children sing with the music therapist, family members
Howard Phillips Center. The Developmental Center for Infants and peers, their language and communication expressions
& Children/Early Steps Program for Infants and Children will be enhanced while they are having fun and bonding
is one of its core programs, which provides assessment and with one another. Not only does this program create a
an array of therapeutic, home-visiting and family-centered musically-engaging atmosphere for children, while facilitating
services to young children with special needs at risk for improvement in their social, behavioral and emotional skills,
developmental delays or disabilities – at no cost to the family. but the exposure to music while in a caring environment also
Hard Rock Heals Foundation’s grant now supports weekly leads them to associate music as a key component of healing,
music therapy sessions for children with special needs and health and well-being. Research shows that music therapy
their adult caregivers. Thanks to their generosity, 150 different is an effective means of strengthening positive parent-child
families will now be able to participate in music therapy relationships as well as a child’s behavioral, communicative
sessions over the course of one full year. In each session, and social development.
participants work with a Family Resource Specialist and a This funding will ensure the continued delivery and expansion
Music Therapist to promote the use of music as a therapeutic of a well-rounded, holistic approach to children’s care and
tool at home. recovery at The Howard Phillips Center while reinforcing
music as an important aspect of health and wellness for young
bodies and minds.

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NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH ______________________________________________

Florida Paints
Orlando Blue The Advocates for Children is a giving society of individuals and
organizations who have chosen to partner with The Howard Phillips
Throughout the month Center for Children & Families through a five-year pledge between
of April, and year- $1,000 up to $10,000 per year.
round, The Howard
Phillips Center for ______________________________________________
Children & Families
is dedicated to raising Carrie and Trey Vick
awareness and critical funds to support programs
that identify, treat and prevent child abuse. What city do you call “home”?
Carrie is from the Yakima Valley of
Since 2009, The Howard Phillips Center’s Healthy Washington State and Trey was born and
Families programs have maintained a 98% success raised in Apopka, FL.
rate in breaking the cycle of child abuse. Through When/Where did you first meet one another?
parental support and training, family counseling and Carrie and I first met in Omaha, NE while
state-wide advocacy measures, we are reducing the we were both in the Air Force and stationed
incidence of child abuse one family at a time. at Offutt Air Force Base.
In support, each year, What are some of your favorite hobbies?
thousands of pinwheels With three kids, two companies, building a house and countless other
are “planted” throughout things it would seem like hobbies are a thing of the past. Carrie enjoys
Central Florida as we, photography and horses and Trey enjoys playing golf and boating.
along with community How did you first encounter The Howard Phillips Center?
supporters, “Paint We were first introduced to The Howard Phillips Center through their
Orlando Blue”! Each annual fundraiser called Spring Swirl by our friend, Carina Graham.
garden contains 98 We saw at the event the many people that already supported this great
pinwheels, a tie-back to mission and saw a way to get involved and make a difference in the
the important statistic organization.
above and the work Why do you choose to support our mission?
occurring in the fight Carrie and I support The Howard Phillips Center because they are
against child abuse. focused on changing peoples’ lives for the better. Their programs are
about teaching people how to fish and not just giving them one. This
is a cycle-breaking organization, focused on identifying root issues
and helping people come to their own solutions. If they are victims of
child abuse, have experienced poor examples of parenthood in their
past, need a voice for the voiceless or are developmentally delayed, the
center is there. The Howard Phillips Center provides services that will
change lives for the better and thus benefits the overall family and the
community as a whole.
What is the one, most important thing you would share with friends or
family about The Howard Phillips Center?
The Howard Phillips Center is such a powerful organization filled with
kind, loving and caring people that give their lives to this mission. I
have never worked with an organization with so many people that live
and breathe this mission. It is inspiring to the volunteers that support
this organization and it is my prayer that we can reach every person in
Central Florida to have them come and “See the Story” (see page 2 for
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Finding Help and

“I didn’t want to hear it; I didn’t want to know. I felt like the son I thought I had
was gone. All the dreams and hopes I had for him disappeared in a split second.”

Those are the words of Shirliene Navarro, remembering how Symptoms and Diagnosis
she felt when her son Marcello was diagnosed with autism — Marcello had been an easy, quiet baby, but as he grew older,
feelings that many parents of a child diagnosed with autism Shirliene realized that those very qualities that had made him
can relate to. But as Shirliene discovered, her son’s journey seem like such a good baby just weren’t right. “It was almost
became one of hope and encouragement. Autism spectrum like when I touched him, it hurt,” she recalls. “He wouldn’t
disorder is a general term for a group of complex disorders make eye contact, didn’t like to be touched, and didn’t interact
characterized by impaired social relationships, communication at all with others.”
difficulties and repetitive behaviors. Parents often experience
guilt with a diagnosis, believing it is their fault, or are Signs of autism often do not show up until one to two years of
concerned about the risk for future children. “Only 15 percent age and are displayed in four main ways:
to 20 percent of autism cases are found to accompany another • Sensory – high sensitivity to lights, noise, touch
diagnosis or have a specific cause,” says Lynda Pollack, MD, • Social challenges – lack of eye contact or social involvement
medical director for The Howard Phillips Center for Children • B ehavioral – stress in dealing with sensory and social
& Families, Developmental Center for Infants & Children.
“However, researchers are now finding some answers.” overload, which can prompt hand flapping, yelling,
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• Communication – delay in language development

Hope with a Diagnosis of Autism

Early diagnosis by a qualified pediatrician or neurologist and the right
treatment are key to successful outcomes. While there is no cure, with the
right tools and therapy, children with autism can grow to lead productive,
successful lives. “Autism is not a static diagnosis,” notes Dr. Pollack, adding
that continual reevaluation is necessary to provide successful education
and support for these affected children.
Shirliene was determined to get Marcello the help he needed and to
learn as much as she could about his diagnosis. He was diagnosed at The
Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families and its Developmental
Center for Infants & Children/Early Steps program for children from
birth to age three who may have a developmental delay or disability,
including autism. The Howard Phillips Center is part of Orlando
Health and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. “They provided
me with so much hope and information and resources,” Shirliene says.
“I realized that there are many positive possibilities for my son.”
Through the program, families can learn about their child’s
development, how they can help their child overcome delays, and
how to obtain appropriate community services and support. Lourdes
Quintana, Director of Early Steps, says their goal is to provide
culturally appropriate support to help families strengthen their child’s
intellectual, physical, emotional, social and sensory abilities. Family
participation and cooperation are critical, she says, noting that early
interventionists are treating and teaching not only the child but
also parents, who are often in crisis when they enter the Early Steps
It wasn’t long after Marcello started receiving a variety of services that
Shirliene noticed he was much more talkative and receptive to touch.
He has made tremendous strides since beginning early intervention.
The quiet baby whom Shirliene did not think would ever hug her
became a cuddly, chatty little boy and a technological whiz. “He has so
defied the definition of what I thought his life was going to be. He talks,
he reads, he writes, and when he said, ‘I love you’ for the first time, my
husband and I just cried. What a feeling!” Recently, Marcello placed
2nd in the school Science Fair!
Shirliene herself is now a team member in the program as a Family
Resource Specialist, where she can share her experience with other parents
going through similar events. If you are concerned about any of your child’s
behaviors, do not wait — early intervention is key. Talk to your doctor,
request that your child be screened by The Developmental Center,
and get the right diagnosis.



New Honor a Caregiver program to find out who we were. She kept us talking about things we
gives patients and families a way had to look forward to in life such as our upcoming wedding
to say thanks. planning. She was very positive and motivating. These types
of circumstances can really make life feel bleak and negative.
Some of the most significant moments to happen in a patient’s Melanie helped remind us that it doesn’t have to be.”
life will take place within the walls of our hospitals. Whether
as a patient or the loved one of someone receiving care, your Like Jessica and Ken, many patients and their family members
time spent in the hospital is an important milestone, and the are overwhelmed with gratitude towards those who have
people who are tasked with your care are in a unique position taken exceptional care of them during their most vulnerable
to make an impact at a crucial time in your life. moments while in the hospital.
Whether it’s the transport personnel who ensure you get safely
where you need to go, the food services team that provides If you’ve received extraordinary care, let us know by making a
you with nutrition, the clinical staff who treat your illness or donation in honor of the staff members who’ve touched your
the custodial staff who provide a clean and welcoming place life in a positive and uplifting way. Not only will this offer
for you to recuperate, there are a myriad of staff members much-needed thanks to our staff who work tirelessly to care
who play a role in your recovery. When these caregivers for their patients, but it will ensure that we continue gathering
have gone above and beyond what’s required of them to offer resources that will fund new initiatives to provide the best care
compassion, care and concern, patients and their families possible for our community.
strive to find a way to thank them in a meaningful and _____________________________________________________
heartfelt way. _________M__a__k_e__a__g_i_f_t_i_n__a__c_a__re__g_i_v_e_r_’_s_h__o_n_o__r.________
We created the Honor a Caregiver program to give our Your donation will support the greatest areas of need at each
patients and their family members the ability to make caregiver’s facility, helping him or her with the tools needed
a donation in honor of a caregiver that has significantly to be their best for our patients. Caregivers will be personally
impacted their lives. This staff member will then receive thanked and recognized when your gift is made.Visit
personal recognition for the excellent care they’ve provided. to make a donation.
Furthermore, your gift will allow our hospital to continue
providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care for others
like you.
One of the first donations received in this inaugural program
came from Jessica after her fiancé Ken received care at the
UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. While a patient’s
stay on the surgical oncology unit typically lasts three or four
days, Jessica and Ken stayed for three weeks! Jessica recalls,
“Being in the hospital for three weeks was really hard, but the
compassion of the nurses, technicians, and physicians on the
ninth floor made all the difference. Not only did they take care
of their patient, but they also took the time to check in on me,
Jessica went on to say that daily visits from one of the nursing
assistants, Melanie, was like having a friend visit you that
works in the hospital. Jessica remembers:
“Melanie would come in Ken’s room each day to check his
vitals, but she always did more than that. She would carry on
good conversations, too. Melanie really made that effort

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At Orlando Health and Arnold Palmer Medical Center, our physicians do more than just treat patients at our hospitals; they are
friends and, at many times, our heroes.

On March 30th, our hospital system celebrated National Doctors’ Day. Patients and family members
throughout Central Florida chose to recognize a remarkable doctor by making a donation in their honor.
All of the gifts received help to advance patient care in our community.

Amy Smith, MD Alejandro Levy, Gregor
Thank you for MD Alexander, MD
always having “Dr. Levy is “Dr. Alexander is wonderful to all
time to talk a wonderful kids, he took the time to support my
to me about doctor. He is son’s philanthropic efforts! Just a good
our little guy. truly amazing and man all around.” – Cheryl King
As a Grandma, I I want to say thank
appreciate your willingness to you for all he did for my daughter.” Frederico Laham,
explain a second and third time what – Yessiree Aleman MD
is going on.” – Laura Quinby “Thank you for
HONOR the wonderful
Greg Olavarria, MD care you give.
Thank you for everything you do A DOCTOR We appreciate the
daily to help children, especially NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY time you take to

our daughter, Xiomara Santos, listen without making
Mackenzie. MD us feel rushed.” – Anonymous
You have an “Too many
amazing team.” great doctors at Diane
– Karen Arnold Palmer Robinson, PhD
Connole Hospital to name “It is with
Lynda Pollack, them all! We will gratitude that I
MD forever be grateful for the wonderful thank you for all
Dr. Pollack is care they provided.” – Carly Ann you did to make it
warm, friendly possible for me to enjoy this past year
and so wise. Shoba Srikantan, MD of my life.” – Anonymous
She has given A heartfelt thanks
me great ideas and to all of the Don Eslin, MD
suggestions and is in my corner! AMAZING Dr. Eslin, thank
I love the Arnold Palmer Hospital physicians at you all for
team!” – Colleen Haynes Arnold Palmer taking care of
Hospital, especially our Alex. We
Dr. Shoba Srikantan.” are so thankful.
– Deb Roberts-Nussell – Karen Dotson

Donations in honor of your physician(s) are still being accepted. Give a secure online donation at or return the envelope included in this issue with a note to your physician.

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The 2017 Arnie’s March Against Children’s Cancer presented
by Coca-Cola Beverages Florida was an overwhelming
success! Through the support of sponsorships and generous
contributions, we raised more than $300,000 and we are
still counting. These funds will help support cancer research
through clinical trials at the Haley Center for Children’s
Cancer and Blood Disorders at Arnold Palmer Hospital
for Children.
Thank you to all who attended; marching with us in
celebration of our patients and raising awareness for the
critical funding needed to battle pediatric cancer. Your
continued support helps keep kids and their families battling
cancer close to home.
Stay tuned…September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month! We look forward to “going gold” with each of
you. Battling childhood cancer is a year-round fight and
fundraising for Arnie’s March will continue year-round.
Consider fundraising throughout the year. Cancer doesn’t
stop – and neither should we. Consider accepting donations
to Arnie’s March in lieu of gifts on your birthday or for
a fundraiser at a local business. We can help! Contact
[email protected] for more information.

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Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer Invitational’s new champion, Marc Leishman with wife
Invitational and family.
Crowns a Although Leishman is the first winner of the tournament to not
New Champion receive a congratulatory handshake from the tournament host,
members of Arnold Palmer’s family as well as Arnold Palmer
As Marc Leishman headed out the door to compete in Medical Center physicians, patients and families, helped present
the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, the trophy to this year’s winner. In addition, Marc received a red
his son asked him to bring back the trophy. This past alpaca cardigan sweater, like one Arnold often wore, the new
March, he did just that. Marc Leishman, originally from symbol of victory at Bay Hill.
Australia, became the 39th winner of the Arnold Palmer “It’s obviously a very special week,” said Leishman, 33. “Mr.
Invitational. Palmer was an awesome guy who I was lucky enough to meet
a few times at this tournament. To honor him is huge. Another
However, amidst the celebration, something – rather, reason why it’s so special this week is this is the first time I’ve
someone - was missing. won a tournament with my family here. So, to have my wife,
Audrey, and the boys here- it just all came together.”
Capturing Arnold Palmer’s energy and essence, a When asked about the special meaning behind the tournament’s
13-foot bronze statue of the late Mr. Palmer was unveiled tagline – A Life Well Played – Marc shared his personal feelings.
the week of the tournament. The statue is a replica of one “I feel like you can be a good dad, good husband, good person,
that stands at his alma mater, Wake Forest University. and play some good golf along the way,” he added. “How highly
Weighing 1,392 pounds, the statue depicts Mr. Palmer Mr. Palmer’s family speaks of him, he’s so genuine. So that’s what
as he finishes a powerful swing. Mr. Palmer’s statue stood it means to me and that’s how I try to live my life is to be known
tall during each round of play, connecting players and as a great person who played good golf, not to be known as a
fans alike. golfer who was a decent player.”

Arnie would be proud.

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Play is an important part of every child’s life — it is the way out, child life specialists use the art donations to encourage
they learn about the world. During times of stress, such as play with patients and help keep their mind off of their illness
hospitalization or medical treatment, play, music, art and other and/or surgery.
activity can provide a safe and familiar outlet for a child’s or “I think it is important for kids to give back to each
teen’s emotions. other because there are not a lot
Jayci Brauman, now 13 years old, has understood this since she of things kids can do to
was a young girl. In 2011, Jayci began an art cart supply drive help each other. When
for the patients and their siblings at Arnold Palmer Hospital kids give back it
for Children. makes the people
“I started this drive in 2011 because of a baby named Carver,” who receive
says Jayci. “He had a heart condition and he died when he the gifts feel
was only a few days old. At his funeral people were asked to special and
donate coloring books for the hospital. This gave me an idea. they know
I decided to gather supplies for Arnold Palmer Hospital so that that other
kids can enjoy an art project while they are in the hospital or people care
waiting to go into surgery.” about them.”
In the last six years, Jayci, with help from her Mom, Kim says Jayci.
Brauman, have never failed to support the Child Life team at
Arnold Palmer Hospital with their donation. Day in and day

Want to help?

Donated toys, such as puzzles, games and creative art materials, provide a much-needed form of distraction
for our patients. Each floor of the hospital has a playroom where children are encouraged to spend time just being kids

— even though they’re in the hospital. Our Child Life Team works with each patient to exercise their creativity
and stimulate their minds. Generous donations help us provide a great experience for each child and family.

Visit us online at to view our Toy Wish List.

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Andrea Eliscu: A Determined Spirit

Andrea Eliscu has never met a challenge she couldn’t tackle. From Andrea’s point of view,
Faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles she never says, the hospitals and insurers
“I can’t” but chooses instead to ask “Why can’t I?”. This drive might understand the
and spirit of determination has served her well in business and changes that were
professional pursuits, but it’s Andrea’s desire to serve which has about to take
made an impact on the lives of countless others. place, but many
Influenced by the example set for her by her mother, a teacher physicians were
and librarian who was committed to raising money for cancer still unsure
charities, Andrea’s life has been colored by the various ways what the future
she’s worked to further the causes she cares about. The spirit in healthcare
of generosity is something she shared with her late husband, would look like.
Dr. Edward Eliscu, a senior interventional radiologist with That’s when
Medical Center Radiology Group at Orlando Health. Ed’s Medical Marketing
support and influence were vital to several key initiatives Inc. was born, a
which helped shape the Orlando Health hospital system we public relations and
know today before he passed away in 2000 after a long battle marketing firm started
with cancer. by Andrea to help physicians
and healthcare organizations navigate the rapidly evolving
healthcare marketplace. Over the last 35 years, Andrea has
continued to grow her business, has authored four books, and
has become a sought-after speaker and marketing consultant

Andrea presenting “Power of the Dragon” at TEDx Orlando While those accomplishments are certainly impressive, it is
Ed and Andrea moved to Orlando in 1971 when Ed accepted her volunteer work with several organizations which Andrea
his first job after military service, medical school, and values most. She continues to raise money for the UF Health
residency with Orlando Health. Prior to moving to Orlando Cancer Center - Orlando Health to support cancer treatment,
Andrea worked as a nurse, so she decided the best way to research and education by spearheading the annual Walgreens
serve her new community would be to work as a nurse one Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival. Every dollar
day a week without pay. As she soon found, this was quite an raised at this festival in the nine years since its inception
unusual request, one that the hospital hadn’t received before. has gone to support cancer care in the Central Florida
They compromised, and although Andrea did receive a community. For Andrea, this is a personal commitment to
paycheck for her work, she donated each paycheck to a nursing a cause close to her heart. Her beloved husband Ed, as well
scholarship fund for the next three years. as her mother and several other close relatives have battled
Andrea went on to manage a tennis pro shop, a job she various forms of cancer.
happened upon after raising money for the American Cancer As Andrea explains, “There’s nothing bad in my life except
Society through a tennis tournament. She then went back this disease, over which I have no control. I must do
to school and focused on her family for a few years. Andrea something. I do this for my grandchildren, because if I don’t
continued to participate in fundraising for various healthcare do something, nothing will ever change.”
causes. She noticed the healthcare landscape was in the midst Andrea’s relentless determination to fight the disease that has
of significant change. It was 1983 and managed care was stolen so many of her family members has made a difference
bringing dramatic changes to the industry. for the future, not only for her grandchildren, but for the
patients at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and
for her community.

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The Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center families. Through a generous and consistent combination of
both personal and corporate giving (through their A.T.A.P.
Logan, only 23 months old, has been a patient at Arnold Companies, an acronym denoting all things are possible),
Palmer Hospital for Children since birth. He battles kidney the Hewells have made the dream of patient-centered care,
failure on a daily basis, and with the help of his parents and the appropriate for a pediatric population, a reality at Arnold
team at The Hewell Kids Kidney Center, he spends 11 hours Palmer Hospital.
each day on dialysis. Thanks to the combination of philanthropy and expert
medical care, The Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center is now
Logan’s Mom, Maggie, remains strong for her son, but like all better equipped to help newborns to teenagers with the
parents of chronically ill children, they have days when their comprehensive effects of kidney disease.
strength waivers. “If I do need to cry, and I am freaking out
for a minute, I know who I can turn to”, explains Maggie. “I
can count on the staff to be there. The medical team hasn’t just
saved Logan, they have helped to save us, too.”

This level of support was not always available for kidney
patients and their families at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Prior
to 2011, pediatric patients with acute kidney care needs
had to be seen within an adult service area. Although the
clinical care received has always been exemplary, the intricate
social and emotional needs of pediatric patients and their
families was overshadowed in a clinic space geared more for
adults. Thankfully, Dr. Jo and Robert “Buddy” Hewell not
only recognized this gap in support, but took swift action
in hopes to change this situation for our patients and their


This place really has been our Without them, I wouldn’t be The type of people at the I felt comfortable. I felt like I
hope. Because they are the here today. I wouldn’t have center, and the stuff they could just be myself. I didn’t
ones who keep us grounded done as well in school if it know about each stage you feel scared or insecure about
and know that our son will were not for them. I would go through, is super valuable. myself. I can’t thank the staff
be OK. It’s a breath of fresh probably have to take a gap And, this is something they’re enough because I owe them
air for me as a parent, and year in high school and I going to hear for years down my life.
for Logan, when he comes would not have graduated the road, a bunch of times – Ashlyn Williams, patient
into the Hewell Kids’ Kidney on time. They really care for more, but I can’t thank you
Center. It’s just like being at me and without them, I don’t all enough because I owe you
home for him. – Maggie Diaz, know where I would be. my life.
Mom of patient, Logan – Langjoe Nyugen, patient – Amanda Acosta, patient

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