Sebastian Ferrero Foundation was founded to promote the highest quality pediatric patient care and create a dedicated Children’s Hospital in Gainesville. The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Board of Directors was established and held their first meeting in early 2008.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation and Horst and Luisa Ferrero urged UF Health to implement an electronic medical record system now achieved hospital wide.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation worked with UF Health to launch “Condition H,” a helpline that connects patients to a rapid response team of health care providers available 24/7.
A public letter was signed by more than 150 pediatricians and pediatric specialists in support of the Foundation’s mission.
Founders Horst and Luisa Ferrero pledged to match $1 million in funds to allocate to a dedicated Children’s Hospital at UF Health.
The inaugural Noche de Gala fundraising event sold out, raising $1 million to fund on-going advocacy.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation motivated the University of Florida College of Medicine to incorporate a four-year patient safety curriculum.
Former Google technology director Craig Silverstein made a five-year, $5 million pledge to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation partnered with UF Health to conduct a needs assessment to determine the characteristics and scale a Children’s Hospital in Gainesville would require. The results yielded a shared vision for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
UF basketball Head Coach Billy Donovan won the national ESPN Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge and presented a check for $100,000 to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.
Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson committed to serving as honorary chairs for the annual Noche de Gala fundraising event.
The new pediatric emergency room at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital opened.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation donated $1.5 million to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety was established at UF Health and began delivering improved life-saving quality care and patient experience.
Sebastian Ferrero Foundation hosted the first annual Tioga Car Show fundraiser.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital announced plans for a new entry pavilion and lobby.
UF president, Bernie Machen, and wife served as event chairs at fifth annual Noche de Gala , hosted by Silvia and Benjamin León, Jr. with Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Marco Rubio serving as honorary chairs along with regional co-chairs from around the state of Florida.
Renovations began on the façade of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
World-renowned artist Romero Britto revealed his custom sculpture “Tomorrow” inspired by Sebastian and the transformative work of the Foundation. This inspiring piece will welcome children and families into the Hospital and serve as a beacon of hope for pediatric patients, doctors, nurses and staff.
Fifth annual “Swim for Safety” event was held, reaching a milestone of over 3,500 local children receiving free swim lessons as part of the Foundation’s commitment to patient safety.
Sixth annual Noche de Gala raised a record amount in support of the Foundation. A $1 million donation made by the Pritchett family in memory of Marvin Pritchett, and a $1 million donation from The Brink Foundation.
First annual Holiday Toy Drive benefited over 150 local children by partnering with the local Child Advocacy Center in support of the organization’s “Help for the Holidays” program and UF Health’s Child Life program who delivered gifts to pediatric patients in the hospital on Christmas Day.
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit opened at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Sebastian Ferrero Atrium opened at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.