GAINESVILLE, Fla., September 3, 2009 —  Following the unimaginable loss of
their son Sebastian less than two years ago, Horst and Luisa Ferrero created
the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation with a mission to improve child patient
safety and develop a full-service children's hospital. Today the stars have
aligned for the Foundation with two significant steps forward. The Sebastian
Ferrero Foundation, the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare have
agreed to conduct an analysis of the attributes and resources of premier
children's hospitals in a cooperative effort to achieve a level of patient
safety and quality that is second to none in a full-service environment
devoted to children. The Foundation has also just received a commitment for a
$5 million gift--which represents significant progress toward the
philanthropic support necessary to move this project closer to achieving its
fundraising goal.

As of this issue, FS Associate Senior Editor Melissa Busch has transferred to another publication within our parent company. We wish her all the best in her new endeavor. Coming back into the FS fold is former Senior Editor Abny Santicola, who will take over as managing editor for the magazine.

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve been told that I’m too hard on myself (and, unfortunately, on everyone around me — but that’s another story). I hope you’ll agree (with the first part, anyway) when I fess up to the misgivings I’ve been having about some of our editorial content. I’m mainly talking about our weekly e-letter, the FS Advisor, and our newest e-letter, Giving 2.0. We’ve been rather short-staffed for what seems like forever, and I’ve been losing sleep (yes, literally — how sad is that?) over the fact that a lot of our e-letter content has been picked up

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