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Wolfson Children’s Hospital announces THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health

PHOTO: Back row left to right: Matt Rapp, Brian Franco, Kevin English, Rufus Dowell, Tom Healy, Lynn Stoner, Mike Hartley, Hugh Dunn and Jim Fuller. Front row: Michael Aubin, Tabitha and Jim Furyk, and Hugh Greene with children who will benefit from THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health.

Building on decades of speaking up for children’s healthcare access and educating the community on child safety and injury prevention, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has now established THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health. The Center is made possible by a leading gift of $1 million from THE PLAYERS Championship and donations from the tournament’s volunteer leadership, the Red Coats. The announcement of the new center was made today at Wolfson Children’s Hospital by Baptist Health President and CEO Hugh Greene, Wolfson Hospital President Michael D. Aubin, THE PLAYERS Executive Director Matt Rapp and PGA TOUR player and local resident Jim Furyk and his wife, Tabitha Furyk.

Key focus areas of the Center include:

· Community Education

o Childhood obesity prevention

o Proper nutrition

o Physical fitness

o Patient/caregiver skill development

· Prevention

o Unintentional injury prevention

· Access to Care

o Healthcare coverage

· Wellness

o Asthma management

o Immunizations and well child services

o Evaluation of community child health programming through the development and monitoring of a regional Children’s Health Status Report Card

“We are so excited to establish THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health so that Wolfson Children’s Hospital can offer not only diagnostic, therapeutic and acute health care, but actually reach beyond our walls and into our region to enhance the quality of life and well-being of children and their families,” says Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin. “We are so grateful to THE PLAYERS for its generous support of this Center. The PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS have supported Wolfson

Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health for years, and this gift only further enhances their impact on North Florida and South Georgia’s families.”

“As we gathered on the back lawn at the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass earlier this year and vowed to raise more than $50 million for local youth related charities, this is just the type of partnership that we had in mind, and what better time to make this announcement than during THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month,” said Hazel. “Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health are leaders in our community on many fronts. To lead the way for THE PLAYERS Center for Child Heath is a privilege and we embrace the ability to show our thanks in giving back to a community that supports our tournament.”

Children’s health and injury prevention programs already underway include Safe Kids Northeast Florida, a childhood injury prevention program; the Community Asthma Program, which provides child and parent education on the disease and seeks to prevent asthma-related illness and death in our community; and the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, which provides parent and coach education, preventative services and on-field medical coverage for student-athletes in Duval County.

These programs will be expanded, along with health and safety education aimed at parents-to-be, childcare providers and children of all ages – from preschool and school-age to adolescence.

“As a children’s hospital, Wolfson is taking a leadership role in advocacy so we can have a real measurable impact on the health status of children in North Florida and South Georgia,” says Aubin.

“We are fortunate to have pediatric healthcare partners such as Nemours Children’s Clinic, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic, along with many other community agencies and organizations, to help us ensure that the children we all serve are as healthy as they can be and can realize their full potential.”

For additional information, visit wolfsonchildrens.org. For more on THE PLAYERS and the surrounding area, visit www.PGATOUR.COM/theplayers or www.visitpontevedra.com.


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