RYDER DONATES $2.5 MILLION TO NEW TRAUMA CENTER AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
RYDER DONATES $2.5 MILLION TO NEW TRAUMA CENTER
AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
MIAMI, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ryder System Charitable Foundation will make a gift of $2.5 million to help build a new trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The announcement was made jointly at a press briefing today by M. Anthony Burns, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ryder System, Inc., and Ira Clark, president of Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The trauma center, which will care for patients with life-threatening injuries, will be named the Ryder Trauma Center. Clark said the Ryder gift is by far the largest single corporate contribution to the trauma center construction fund.
"This generous gift comes at an extremely opportune time for Jackson Memorial Hospital and provides additional momentum to the capital fundraising campaign for our new $28 million trauma center," Clark said. "We hope that Ryder's gift will serve as a catalyst for other companies -- both large and small -- to contribute the remaining $7.5 million needed to fund construction of the center."
Jackson, Dade County's only public hospital and one of the nation's leading medical facilities, began building the four-story, 166,000-square-foot building which houses the trauma center in October, 1990 after demolishing the hospital's east wing. Until today's contribution by Ryder's charitable foundation, most of the funding has come from such government sources as the U.S. Department of Transportation, the state of Florida and area municipalities.
"Ryder is delighted to be making this gift through the company's charitable foundation," Burns said. "Jackson's existing trauma facility has been operating at 176 percent capacity and straining the capabilities of the hospital's routine operations. The foundation board believed it was critically important to help support this vital community facility."
Ryder's foundation board was persuaded by the fact that Jackson is the only verified Level I trauma center south of Orlando treating both adult and pediatric trauma patients. The hospital, which handles 91 percent of all trauma cases in Dade and Monroe counties, treats approximately 4,000 patients with life-threatening injuries annually.
"We chose to help fund the construction of the new trauma center because it will serve as a community-wide resource," Burns explained. "Trauma can touch anybody in this community. In fact, chances are one in two that a Dade resident will face trauma sometime during his or her lifetime and require the services of a top-notch trauma facility like the Ryder Center will be."
Clark noted that Ryder's contribution is a "bricks-and-mortar" donation. The gift will be used solely to help fund the building of the trauma center facility.
Scheduled to open for patients in the spring of 1992, the trauma facility will house its own treatment room, operating rooms, recovery area, intensive care unit, intermediate unit, radiology facility, conference room, and physician and administrative offices.
/CONTACT: Betty Baderman of Jackson Memorial Hospital, 305-585-7304, ext. 0; or Art Stone of Ryder System, Inc. 305-593-3180/ CO: Ryder System, Inc.; Jackson Memorial Hospital ST: Florida IN: TRN HEA SU: MR-SS -- FL009 -- 3115 11/11/91 15:12 EST