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43rd Annual Dinner

Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 43rd Annual Dinner

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Interim CEO Steve Short Honored At Foundation’s Annual Dinner

Steve Short was honored with the Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s annual James M. “Red” Award. He accepted the award during the Foundation’s 43rd Annual Dinner, which is sponsored by the Bank of Tampa and was held on Oct. 5 at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club.

This award, which was first given in 1977, was named for “Red” McEwen who was one of the Foundation’s founders. Mr. McEwen was a Tampa sportsman and civic leader and was active in the early efforts to establish USF in Hillsborough County in the 1950’s. The James M. “Red” McEwen Award is presented every year to a person or persons whose good works and dedicated service have contributed to the betterment of Tampa General Hospital.

Steve Short started his career as a staff accountant in 1986 and moved into healthcare in 1989. Thanks to Ron Hytoff, he joined TGH in 2000 as Sr. Vice President and CFO. In November last year, he assumed the position of acting president and CEO. During the months that he led TGH, Steve put his heart and soul into the hospital. He was determined, and successful, at not maintaining the status quo, but moving TGH forward.

During the dinner program, the outgoing chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Doug Dieck, spoke about the accomplishments of Foundation in the past year. The Tampa General Hospital Foundation raised over $6.4 million dollars for Tampa General Hospital, and the three signature foundation events increased their profits from last year by $315,000 and contributed $1.2 million dollars to the TGH Foundation. After thanking the event chairs of this past year, Mr. Dieck confirmed that the TGH Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala will be held on May 12, 2018, that will be co-chaired by Joe and Laura Williams and Dr. Tom Bernasek and Tammy King, with honorary chairs Gene and Patsy McNichols.

Doug also recognized the four foundation trustees that are retiring from the board this year. Those individuals are Phil Casey, Dr. Chas Edwards, Mike Murray, and Bob Walter.

As Doug turned over the gavel to new TGH Foundation Chairman, Drew Graham, Drew   recognized the TGH Foundation’s 6 newest board members; John Couris, Dr. Patricia Emmanuel, Patti Jurinski, Tom Loncar, Yvette Segura, and Teale Taggart Smith. He also recognized this year’s executive committee: Vice Chair, Greg Celestan, Secretary, Tate Taylor, Treasurer, Dick Dobkin, Assistant Treasurer, Dianne Jacob, and the new Members at Large; Corey Neil, Frank Hancock Natalie Annis, and Dr. Bruce Zwiebel.

Drew also recognized this year’s Foundation’s Nursing Scholarship recipients. They were Tahiana Acosta of the Hepatology Department; Dayrene Rosario of the Phlebotomy Lab; Aimee Rossiter from the TGMG Kennedy Clinic; and Tara Ward of the Cardiology Department.

When discussing the future plans for the foundation, Mr. Graham stated that the foundation will continue to build the grateful patient program. Many of the foundation’s most generous donors are people that have been taken care of at TGH and who want to give back to the hospital that has improved and often saved their lives. The goal is to have the grateful patient program be one of the most successful in the country.

Drew also recognized, under the new leadership of John Couris and the FHSC board, the foundation is looking forward to securing the philanthropic support needed to make the next capital campaign successful so that we can help put plans of TGH’s future direction in place.

After dinner was served, the incoming chair of the FHSC board, John Touchton, gave the Tampa General Hospital report, and introduced TGH’s new CEO, John Couris. After giving remarks on his leadership of TGH and plans for a successful future, Mr. Couris introduced Dr. Harry van Loveren, who gave the USF health update.

Before the evening’s program concluded, the crowd heard a heart-felt patient testimonial from Richard Hendrix, who at the age of 30, had congestive heart failure and viral dilated cardiomyopathy.  In May 2010, Richard ended up at TGH with an L-VAD implant and later, received the gift of life in January 2011 with a heart transplant. Richard is now living life to its fullest with his wife, Mandy and two young daughters.