* The picture was taken before COVID-19 * David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel from the VoLo Foundation with members of the Nicklaus Children’s clinical team caring for their son. You are (from left) Dr. Anthony Rossi, Cardiac Intensive Care Specialist and Research Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Section; and Dr. Redmond Burke, director of cardiovascular surgery.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital today announced a $ 5 million donation from the VoLo Foundation – a private family trust – to support advances in pediatric surgical care and treatment. In recognition of this generous gift made possible by the co-founders of the VoLo Foundation, David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel, the hospital will soon be hosting a VoLo Foundation Cardiac and Neurology Floor on the Nicklaus Children’s main campus.

“We are honored to be able to give something back to the hospital that saved our son’s life over 20 years ago,” said David and Thais Vogel. “It is thanks to the great Nicklaus Children’s cardiac surgery team that our son Mitch is here today, leading a full, happy and healthy life. With this donation we want to show our appreciation and do what we can to influence a more valuable life. “

The $ 5 million donation builds on Nicklaus Children’s 70-year legacy in pediatric clinical excellence and supports key advances in the latest medical technologies and innovations, medical education, and surgical operating room expansions that keep each one better will contribute to patient care for future generations.

“Nicklaus Children’s is grateful to the VoLo Foundation and the Vogel family for their generous gift that helps advance all aspects of surgical care while driving innovation and our vision of creating a healthy future for every child,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health Systems. “This charitable support will do much to bring hope and healing to the thousands of children and families who depend on us in times of need.”

At South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric hospital, Nicklaus pediatric surgeons perform more than 16,000 surgeries annually and treat some of the most complex and rare pediatric cases. Nicklaus Children’s treats almost a quarter of a million patients annually across all disciplines.

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About the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 390 pediatric specialists. Known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 to 2014, the 309-bed hospital is known for its excellence in all aspects of pediatrics with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the country by the US News & World Report since 2008. For more information, please visit

About the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to support the provision and access to world-class health care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the only freestanding children’s hospital in South Florida. Established in 1982 as the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation was the vision of Ambassador David M. Walters who, after losing his 6-year-old granddaughter to leukemia due to a lack of medical resources, swore to himself that no child would be left in 1970 ever would have to leave South Florida for health care. Further information can be found at

VoLo Foundation

The VoLo Foundation (VoLo) is a private, non-operating foundation based in Jupiter, Florida. VoLo believes in developing knowledge and sharing information that has the potential to have a global impact. Through original research and analysis and in collaboration with philanthropic and academic partners, VoLo aims to enrich the lives of individuals, empower communities and educate future generations. Find out more and subscribe to VoLo Climate News at

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