The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Receives a $5 Million Gift From Google Executive for Children's Hospital
"This transformative gift coupled with all the charitable donations that have
been made to date have brought us that much closer to achieving our mission
while continuing to improve patient safety," said founder Horst Ferrero. "With
our new executive director, Deborah Peeples, our upcoming annual fundraiser,
Noche de Gala, and this significant grant, we have gained the momentum,
leadership and resources necessary to move this initiative to the next level,"
said founder Horst Ferrero.
The Foundation's goal is to transform today's excellent pediatric care into
the safest and most outstanding care provided within the warm environment of a dedicated children's hospital. Luisa Ferrero stressed that only with the
continued philanthropic support of the broader community will the Foundation's goals be realized. "Every single dollar counts," said Ferrero. "Our children deserve the dedicated care only a children's hospital can offer."
About Sebastian Ferrero Foundation:
Horst and Luisa Ferrero created the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation in memory of their happy and healthy 3-year-old son, Sebastian, who died in October 2007 as a result of a series of preventable medical errors in Gainesville, Fla. The mission of the Foundation is: to advocate and fundraise for a
state-of-the-art, full-service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida
while promoting excellence in patient safety and insuring that all families
are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity.
Since the Foundation's inception in 2007, the UF College of Medicine has
incorporated new patient safety and quality elements into its curriculum and a
"Condition H" urgent help line has been established in Shands at UF to provide
patients and families with immediate access to a rapid response team. More
recently, the Foundation provided the leadership to coalesce a group of local
organizations to advocate for a dedicated pediatric ER at Shands. The new ER
will include separate pediatric waiting and treatment areas. In 2008, the UF
Center for Leadership and Service named the Foundation the "Most Outstanding Community Agency" and the Foundation also received the Institute of Safe Medication Practices' national "Cheers Award" for having set a superlative standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.