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If you shop online you probably know about a program whereby Amazon offers a way in which your purchases can help support designated charities like UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation. All you have to do is use this special link and, with each eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% back to our Foundation. Once an order has been placed, you will receive an email from Amazon stating: "You make a difference. Because you placed this order at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will make a donation to Villages Tri-County Medical Center, Inc. Your purchases have supported a charity by starting at smile.amazon.com."

Note: The Villages® Tri-County Medical Center, Inc. is the formal company name for UF Health The Villages® Hospital. Be assured, however, that all of the donations or funds are deposited directly into our Foundation checking account and not into that of the hospital.

Bicycle Challenge

The Hearts for Our Hospital Bicycle Challenge began in 2015 as a collaboration between the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club and our hospital Foundation. The club planned and organized the 2-day event and the Auxiliary volunteers jumped in to aid with registration, swag bags, early morning snacks before the ride and lunch after the ride. During the event's first day, bicycle enthusiasts were able to view new products and attend free educational forums presented by healthcare professionals. Over 200 cyclists participated in challenging rides of 17, 32, and 64 miles during the second day with free health screenings offered. The goal to raise $25,000 for the hospital was exceeded during the 2-day event. The event, which is billed as a ride and not a race, was so popular that a 100-mile ride was added in 2016 and a 10-mile Fun Route was added in 2017. Safety is a major consideration for the event so those participating in the Fun Ride have a leader and sweeper keeping them on the right route. Competing teams add good-natured rivalry to the event with traveling trophies being awarded at the Hearts for Our Hospital annual Gala to teams raising the most money in each category. More than 350 riders from the United States and Canada participated in the 5th annual event held on November 8-9, 2019. Check back for information about the next event!

Bob Marley Tribute Band

The lead singer and rhythm guitarist is orthopedic surgeon John Williams, MD. Dr. Williams is the Director of Total Joint Replacement at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute of The Villages®. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Williams moved to central Florida from Philadelphia in 2011. A life-long Bob Marley fan, Dr. Williams has always liked to sing and started playing guitar at age 40. In 2005 he connected with members of the Reflexx Band and they began performing together in Philadelphia. When called on to perform in this area, the Reflexx Band travels down from Philadelphia to join their band mate "John Truth". Proceeds from these events help purchase hospital equipment and provide scholarships to area high school seniors and hospital team members.

The Cabaret

The Cabaret is an annual event showcasing local talent and is directed each year by its founder, Ray Leggiero. It began as entertainment for the Foundation's annual Gala in 2007. In 2009 Ray made the decision to produce a separate show as an additional fundraiser for the Foundation. Contributions from the Cabaret have totaled $130,000, including $16,000 from the 2019 performance alone. The show incorporates many of the Villagers favorite performers as well as new acts and includes music from a wide variety of genres and comedy. Everyone involved with the performance is a volunteer. Proceeds from the Cabaret are used to help fund Foundation programs, including scholarships for area students pursuing careers in the medical field.

The Café

The Café is a great spot for volunteers and team members alike to stop and grab a sandwich, drinks, chips or one of their signature cookies. It's hard to walk by while those cookies are baking; the aroma follows you and beckons you to return. Floor nurses call down to reserve cookies to be picked up at a specific time. Lucky are the team members on those floors! Coffee sales doubled from 2018 to 2019 after introducing Starbucks Coffee. Funds raised by the Café help the Foundation purchase new medical equipment, provide scholarships for team members and high school students, and provide for other needs of the hospital. Drop by the next time you are in the hospital, enjoy a snack and visit with the volunteers behind the counter. They'll be waiting for you.

Celebration Garden

The Sharon L. Morse Celebration Garden is nestled between UF Health The Villages® Hospital and the Sharon L. Morse Medical Center. Its garden and soothing waterfalls offer a brief respite for patients, families, visitors and team members to take time out in a soothing outdoor space. This beautiful garden area is surrounded by 4 walkways, paving the way to better patient care, one brick at a time. The brick program began in 2011. There are more than 4500 bricks within the Garden with nearly 3000 remaining to be sold. The reasons to place a brick are countless and you can purchase a brick for a tax deductible gift of only $100.00. It's a wonderful way to create a lasting legacy and show your support of UF Health The Villages® Hospital. You and your loved ones will always be able to locate your designated brick with the locator guide in the Garden. The Villages® residents and their neighbors recognize that pets are a special part of our families and there is a separate section to honor those that mean so much to us.

For more information, please contact: Cindy Parr Rabley, cindyrabley@comcast.net.

Or for the Pet Section contact: Diane Kupchak, dkupchak1@gmail.com.

Foundation Dinner

This event is by invitation to both those who have expressed an interest in learning more about the Auxiliary Foundation and our partners and sponsors who support the efforts of the Foundation to raise funds for the hospital. At the first dinner in 2014, volunteers were celebrated for one million hours of service since the hospital opened in 2002. In addition, because of efforts of the volunteers as they held fundraisers and special events, the Foundation presented a check in the amount of $1,000,000 to be used for the hospital's Emergency Department expansion. Each year the program includes an update on the Foundation and the hospital. For more information, please contact the Auxiliary Foundation at 352.751.8871.

Gala

The Hearts for Our Hospital Gala is the signature fund-raising event of the year for the Foundation. It began in 2007 and is held each year on the week-end before Valentine's Day. It is a black tie event with an evening featuring dinner and drinks, dancing, and live and silent auctions. If you are interested in tickets or want to donate an item for our auctions, please call the Foundation office at 352.751.8871. Since the beginning, over ninety-two individuals and businesses have been recognized for their generosity in sponsoring hospital rooms and becoming partners with the Foundation. Forty have also been recognized as Scholarship Sponsors. At the Gala, teams competing in the Hearts for Our Hospital Bicycle Challenge are also recognized with traveling trophies for those teams raising the most money in different categories.

The Gift Gallery

The Gift Gallery is a wonderful gift shop in the first floor lobby of the hospital. It is staffed by Auxiliary volunteers and proceeds benefit the Auxiliary Foundation to support the hospital. After a renovation in 2016, it reopened with rave reviews. The shop added large windows and spotlights to provide better visibility from the hospital's main lobby – hoping to draw in customers to their recently doubled retail space. Their best sellers continue to be candy, jewelry, purses and flowers but their offerings are so much more. And watch for special holiday offerings throughout the year. When you need that "special something" for a birthday or holiday gift, please drop by the Gift Gallery to check out our many gifts. Special lobby sales are also held throughout the year offering goods from outside vendors. Check out "What's New" to see the next lobby sale scheduled.

Outside Transportation

One of the Auxiliary's many volunteer areas is the Outside Transportation Department. They provide golf cart rides for patients, staff, visitors, and fellow volunteers from their cars to the hospital entrances. They are available from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year, come rain or come shine. These drivers are the first to greet people as they get out of their car or golf cart and the last to say good-bye as they return them to their vehicles. It has been calculated that drivers working each of the 8 four-hour shifts per day carries a minimum average of 80 passengers. That's 20 passengers an hour. Three of the drivers just passed the 1000 hour mark so that means they have transported 20,000 passengers from the parking lot to the hospital. Hats off to the volunteers!! Making this many daily trips means many miles and a lot of wear and tear on the golf carts. The Auxiliary Foundation just purchased 3 new golf carts to assure reliability of the transportation.

Patient Care Committee

Over the years, funds donated to the Hospital Auxiliary, and now to the Auxiliary Foundation, have been used to purchase needed state-of-the-art equipment. These purchases allow the hospital to remain on the cutting edge of technology and to provide the latest procedures for our patients. The Patient Care Committee was formed by the Auxiliary Foundation to review the purchase of items recommended by the hospital staff, but not in the hospital's annual budget, with the focus on items that would help to improve the care delivered to the patients. Board members meet quarterly to consider recommended needs and the committee budgets $100,000 annually for these requests.

Items purchased include:

  • Wheelchairs with oxygen tank holders
  • Blanket warmers
  • Phlebotomy carts
  • Vein viewers
  • Patient chair alarms
  • Touch pad call lights
  • Rolling scales to weigh patients on a gurney
  • I-mop floor scrubbers

Special purchases for the Emergency Department include:

  • Special mattresses to convert beds for use of senior patients
  • Touch pad call lights allowing patients with dementia or disabilities to use light with minimal coordination
  • 6 recliners to give patients the option of those vs. stretchers for exams
  • 2 stretchers for gynecological exams
  • 12 special wheelchairs
  • LED Surgical Lighting and Visualization System for operating rooms
  • 3 Xenex robots which use ultraviolet light to kill commonly found bacteria and viruses as well as bacteria like Ebola and Anthrax spores
  • Da Vinci Xi robot to perform urological and gynecological procedures
  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Digital Vascular Surgical Suite
  • SimMan® Vascular manikin

Room Naming Sponsors

When you become a Room Naming Partner you provide necessary funds that are used for hospital expansion, scholarships, patient care, and new technology and equipment. Over 90 individuals and businesses have given more than $4 million in cash or pledges.

Becoming a Room Naming Partner offers the following:

  • A plaque with a personalized inscription dedicating a patient room or other area
  • Permanent recognition on our Donor Wall
  • Special VIP invitation to all Auxiliary Foundation events
  • Inclusion on the Donor Information Boards located in the main hospital and at the Advanced Surgery Center's main lobby
  • Invitation to the annual Foundation dinner
  • Two Royal Palm memberships named at your discretion
  • Recognition on our website and in our Foundation News
  • Special recognition at the annual Hearts for our Hospital Gala
  • Offer to spread commitment over a 5-year period

Corporate Partners

  • Advanced Orthopedics Institute
  • Arden's Fine Jewelers
  • Buffalo Crossings
  • Cardiac and Vascular Consultants
  • Cart World Golf Cars
  • Catholic Charities of Central Florida
  • Cebert Wealth
  • City Furniture
  • David's World Cycle
  • Demshar's
  • ESI
  • Florida Cancer Specialists
  • Fross & Fross Wealth Management
  • Hil lYork
  • Honeybaked
  • Insight Credit Union
  • Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Medical Imaging
  • LeeSar
  • Nash, Inc.
  • Project SOS
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Robins& Morton
  • Rotary Club of The Villages® Foundation
  • Ruggie Wealth Management
  • Sabal Trust
  • Sander & Associates, P.A.
  • Style Magazine Village Edition
  • Sumter Landing Bicycle Club
  • The VHA
  • The Villages® Golf Cars
  • The Villages® Insurance
  • The Villages® Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation
  • Trinity Springs
  • YOUR Humane Society SPCA

Individual Partners

  • Dr. Patrick & Kelly Acevedo
  • Deirdre Anderson
  • Dr. Stephen & Mary Beth Autry
  • Walter & Robin Bell
  • John & Beth Bondurant
  • Richard & Barbara Cole
  • George & Gloria Counselman
  • Frederick & Jacqueline Funk
  • Alan & Carolyn Ann Goldstein
  • Bob Griffin
  • Dr. Maen Hussein & Michelle Vivieros
  • Maurice & Betsy Joy
  • Joseph & Millie Klemish
  • Jim & Penny Kozinski
  • Robert & Barbara Kubea
  • Diane Kupchak
  • Kent & Betty Lunsford
  • Allen & Waneita Menke
  • Harry & Beth Miller
  • Jutta Owens
  • John & Cynthia Parr Rabley
  • Mary Ann & Evan Richards
  • Francis & Linda Robacker
  • Fred Robey
  • Charlie & Debbie Smith
  • Jim & Pam Smothers
  • Eugene & Marcia Spada
  • Ron & Carol Spira
  • Wendy L. Staniforth
  • Daniel & Alberta Sullivan
  • Gerald & Marilyn Ten Eyck
  • Lee & Kay Van Horn

Royal Palm Society

Royal Palm Society includes patrons whose cumulative gifts or pledges to our Foundation have reached $25,000. Unrestricted gifts to the Royal Palm Society are utilized where the need is greatest. Benefits include:

A VIP membership card that entitles you to:

  • Preference for an upgrade to a private room (when medical conditions permit and when rooms are available)
  • Gourmet meals when medically allowed with guest trays
  • Bathrobe
  • Flowers, newspapers and magazines
  • Preferred Royal Palm Society parking
  • The private number of your Patient Navigator who will assist in coordinating and expediting administrative procedures including spousal accommodations, personalized pre-admission assistance, bedside admission and registration when possible, and any special requests
  • Permanent recognition on our Donor Wall
  • Plaque dedicating a patient room or other facility
  • Recognition of your family on our website and in our Foundation News
  • Annual recognition dinner
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year

Scholarship Sponsors

High quality patient care requires a committed nursing workforce that is fully engaged in its work and in a setting that empowers nurses to give the care they are trained to provide. In 2015, in light of the predicted nursing shortage, the Auxiliary Foundation created the Healthcare Scholarship Program for high school seniors. Scholarships are for those pursuing a career in the healthcare field, resulting in an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degree. Possible studies include non-clinical as well as clinical areas. Dick Campbell, Executive Director says "Since students are living in our area, we hope that the program will assist with recruitment and (also) retention efforts of the hospital." Scholarships awarded to students provide $2,000 for up to 4 years provided they satisfy standards at their university or college.

In 2016 the Foundation established a similar program for hospital team members to further their education, hoping to retain the talented professionals on staff. They are provided up to $2,000 for a certification program. A group of 10 volunteer mentors develop and maintain supportive relationships with the students. Through emails, phone calls and text messages they discuss classes, grades and any concerns or challenges. The first high school student ever to receive a scholarship graduated from nursing school in May, 2019. She told her mentor that "Each semester the scholarship has helped me so much, especially after my mom passed away."

In 2017, Gary Kadow, Foundation Board Member and President of Project SOS – Support Our Soldiers, Inc., joined forces with the Auxiliary Foundation. Project SOS added scholarships to students entering the medical field whose parents or grandparents are veterans. "When their family member receives a scholarship, it is another way to say thank you to the veteran for their service, even if it was a long time ago," said Kadow.

The latest development in the Healthcare Scholarship Program involves a partnership with the William F. Crumel, Jr. Foundation and Florida A & M University. This exciting new project will include student interns. To date, scholarships have been presented to 42 high school students and 49 team members.

Becoming a Scholarship Partner affords you the following:

  • Special VIP invitation to all of the Auxiliary Foundation events
  • Invitation to the annual Foundation dinner
  • Two Touchstone Society memberships named at your discretion
  • Recognition on our website and in our Foundation News
  • Special recognition at the annual Hearts for Our Hospital Gala
  • Inclusion on the Donor Information Boards located in the main hospital and at the Advanced Surgery Center's main lobby
  • Invitation to attend the annual Scholarship reception

To become a scholarship sponsor and/or learn more about this program, call the Auxiliary Foundation at 352.751.8871.

Corporate Partners

  • City Fire
  • Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council
  • Project SOS
  • Lake Sumter State College
  • Florida Cancer Specialists
  • Insight Credit Union
  • Sumter Landing Bicycle Club
  • Rotary Club of The Villages® Foundation
  • The Villages® Insurance

Individual Partners

  • Deirdre Anderson
  • John & Beth Bondurant
  • Diana Ballard & John Capone
  • George & Gloria Counselman
  • Kathryn Deering
  • Russ & Marie D'Emidio
  • Grace AME Church & William F. Crumel, Jr. Foundation
  • Gary & Barbara Kadow
  • Dr. & Mrs. Edwin McDaniel
  • Fred Robey
  • Jim & Pam Smothers
  • Daniel & Alberta Sullivan
  • Dave & Cindy Taylor
  • Gerald & Marilyn Ten Eyck

Support Our Workforce

Support Our Workforce is a program implemented by UF Health The Villages® Hospital whose aim is to keep employees, especially nursing staff, highly trained and engaged within the organization. The program is a 3-year process for nurses to gain advanced certification in their chosen field. Working with nurses and preceptors while on duty, those selected will also attend additional training and weekend classes. Ultimately, they will take national exams to achieve their certification. The Auxiliary Foundation is supporting this program financially by underwriting the cost of the training.

Employee turnover spikes after being on the job 9 to 18 months. It drops considerably after an employee reaches their third year of employment. In addition to producing a more knowledgeable staff, the 3-year program will help retain talent as staff members immersed in the program are more likely not to leave the organization. Employees selected for this program have clearly identified professional goals.

Another part of the Workforce Program is a Simulation Lab for new nurses, residents and physicians. The lab features a SimMan® Vascular manikin. This is a realistic full-body patient simulator that aids in teaching critical skills. It was acquired with $165,000 in funding from the Auxiliary Foundation. The system provides the capability to create "what-if" scenarios in order to teach critical thinking and assessment skills. Clinical educator for the hospital, Chloe Storman commented "I believe the best approach to improve patient outcomes is to simulate twice and act once. Through performing mock codes, drills and debriefings, we are developing the "muscle memory" of our nurses, hospitalists and physicians. Practice makes perfect."

To learn more about the Auxiliary Foundation or how to participate in the Support Our Workforce program, contact Dick Campbell at 352.751.8871.

Touchstone Society

Membership takes only a single donation of $2500.00 which entitles you and your family members living within your household to Touchstone Society benefits for one full year, renewable annually. After 10 years, with $25,000 donated, the donor receives permanent membership in the Royal Palm Society. Benefits include:

A VIP membership card that entitles you to:

  • Preference for an upgrade to a private room (when medical conditions permit and when rooms are available)
  • One free family member meal each day within our hospital facilities
  • 10% discount on additional meals in our hospital facilities
  • 10% discount on flowers and gifts in our beautiful onsite Gift Gallery
  • Preferred Touchstone Society parking
  • A Patient Navigator through the Foundation office to act as a liaison between you and the hospital and to answer any questions that may arise.
  • Recognition of your family on our website and in our Foundation News
  • Annual recognition dinner
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year

Tours

Deidre Rosemond of the Foundation Office conducts hospital tours for groups of 8 or less. She also will make presentations to clubs and groups in The Villages® and surrounding communities to keep everyone informed of the latest improvements in the hospital. To schedule a hospital tour or presentation to your club or organization, please call her at 352.751.8871.

For tours of the Digital Vascular Surgery Suite or the Simulation Training Lab, contact Dick Campbell, Auxiliary Foundation president, at 352.751.8871.

Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe

Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe opened October 2008 in Lady Lake at 106 W. Lady Lake Blvd. The shoppe is staffed by hospital auxiliary volunteers who numbered 42 at the original opening and now number nearly 200. It raises money for our hospital and offers great bargains to local residents who are looking to stretch their budgets. Clothing, books, household items, home furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and linens are just some of the selections. It is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 and is located 2 blocks south of the intersection of SR 466 and US Hwy 441 in the Lady Lake Historic Park. For more information call 352.259.5853. Drive-thru drop-off is available or call 352.874.3593 for pick-up of larger items. If you brought too much furniture with you when you moved to the area or if you need a little something special to brighten up your home or your closet, be sure to visit Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe. Stay tuned for more information about a new expansion in the planning stage.