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CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY OF NEW JENNIFER LEIGH MUMA NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT TAMPA GENERAL

Tampa (April 1, 2009) - Yesterday, Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida celebrated a Construction Kick-off for the complete redesign and expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at TGH.  The building of a world-class neonatal unit for the bay area’s sickest and tiniest babies has officially launched.

The $35 million project began with a bang, as Pam and Les Muma swung sledgehammers into the wall to signal the beginning of construction on the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Mumas’ multi-million gift to this project was made in memory of their daughter who passed away in the neonatal unit in the 1970s.  The project is expected to be completed in early 2011.

The new NICU is being funded in part by the Mumas’ generous $6 million gift to USF Health. Their gift, one of the largest in Florida to support research and care for newborns, has a total impact of $14 million after eligible state and internal USF matches. It supports a USF-TGH initiative to build research and medical teams, laboratories at USF Health and an expanded NICU at Tampa General to advance the care and well-being of premature and sick babies.

In addition, the TGH Foundation capital campaign, “Tiny babies. Big Priority,” has raised more $7.6 million towards the NICU renovation. That includes more than $170,000 brought in by a physician campaign led by Robert Nelson, MD, chair of USF Pediatrics; David Keefe, MD, chair of USF Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Thomas Bernasek, MD with the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, as well as $300, 000 donated by TGH employees.