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June 15th, 2022 Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health Foundation Receives $2 Million Gift from The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation for Baptist Health Medical Group

MIAMI, FL – June 15, 2022 – Baptist Health Foundation announced today that The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation has provided a $2 million gift to establish an endowed chair to honor and support the work of Bernardo “Bernie” Fernandez, M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group.  The Foundation’s gift is its second $2 million donation benefiting Baptist Health Medical Group.

“We are extremely grateful to The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation for this latest gift,” said Alex Villoch, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation. “Their continued generous support will help further Baptist Health Medical Group’s efforts in expanding patient access to top-quality primary and specialty care in South Florida.”

Baptist Health Medical Group is a network of more than 200 medical providers in multiple specialties closely aligned with Baptist Health South Florida. It includes primary care practices from Miami Beach to the Upper Keys, providing patients with a seamless and comprehensive approach to primary care.

“I am truly honored by this new endowed chair,” said Dr. Fernandez. “The grant will assist us in building on our accomplishments in telemedicine and other innovations that are allowing more patients receive the outstanding, compassionate healthcare that Baptist Health is known for.  It will also help us recruit top physicians from around the U.S. and the world, enhancing our quality of care.”

“We are pleased to support the endowed chair in honor of Dr. Bernardo Fernandez, acknowledging his outstanding career accomplishments and his personal desire to create opportunities for others and to further enhance the mission of Baptist Health,” said Steve Mehallis, trustee for The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation. “We have observed his leadership skills over the years, and view this support as a recognition of that leadership and as a perpetual resource from which others may benefit.”

About Baptist Health Foundation

The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at BaptistHealth.net/Foundation.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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