For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter
January 2016
With Your Help

With Your Help

A new year, a new NICU

Ten years have passed since the last significant renovation for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Now, the space is growing to match increased demand for services.

With your help, the NICU is transforming from a 12,632-square-foot facility into a 20,844-square-foot facility, providing neonatal caregivers with enhanced space and technology, and patients and family members with the privacy and support  they need to thrive during a difficult time in their lives.

Learn more about the project and how to support the NICU at giving.UFHealth.org/nicu.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Danny

Each month, we'll highlight one of our special Children's Miracle Network Ambassadors and tell their story. Learn more about the Ambassador program here.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Danny

Smiles for miles

 At just 7 years old, Danny Pinder, alongside his family, has overcome significant challenges day in and day out. Born in the Bahamas, Danny was diagnosed with dysplastic kidneys, a kidney malformation that happened during fetal development.

When doctors told his mom Dominique his diagnosis, they said they could do no more than make Danny comfortable with what they had. It was then that the Pinder family – Dominique, Danny and his three younger siblings – traveled to the United States to receive treatment at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Michael Haller

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Michael Haller

Gainesville native Michael Haller, M.D., is completing the transition from student to teacher as the new chief of pediatric endocrinology at the UF College of Medicine.

A graduate of the college and the Department of Pediatrics residency, Haller also completed his fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at UF. Both Haller and his wife, Allison Haller, M.D. (COM ’05) are proud to call Gainesville home.

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10 years of healing hearts

UF Health Congenital Heart Center celebrates 10-year anniversary

For a decade, more than 2,000 patients have received expert care from the UF Health Congenital Heart Center. Pediatric patients who need complex cardiac treatment, some waiting for transplant, are treated here — one of the nation’s top 50 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers for five years in a row.

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DM at Florida State University makes a Statement

On Wednesday, Jan.13, Dance Marathon at FSU participated in their first ever FLORIDA STATEMENT Day, and in true Seminole tradition set out to "make a statement" on campus and within the Tallahassee community to raise $100,000 for Children's Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in 26.2 hours.

More than 3,000 FSU students participated and raised an astounding $122,475.06.

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IHOP National Pancake Day March 8

National Pancake Day is more than a month away, but you can satisfy your pancake appetite now all while helping local children.

From Feb. 1-March 8, IHOP patrons can purchase a CMN paper icon, which includes $5 off your next visit.

Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity, anyone?

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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

The holidays are a great time to gather toys and other needed items for donation. But the need exists after the New Year, too.

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the entire wish list here.

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