Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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42 | PINNACLE | | PINNACLE | Tim & Jayne Donahue DONOR PROFILE: With open hearts, the Donahues help South Florida achieve new levels in cardiac care All it took was a regular visit to Jupiter Medical Center to ignite Tim and Jayne Donahue's philanthropic nature. The sea- sonal residents of Palm Beach Gardens stopped in for routine testing and were im- pressed by the patient-focused professional- ism. "We really liked Jupiter Medical Center, and when we learned the hospital is devel- oping a cardiac surgery program that will in- clude open-heart procedures, we felt it was very important to help," says Tim. "We have been involved with medical and educational philanthropy before, and we felt this program was worth our time and energy. We want the people of our community to be able to get the great care they need." In December 2017, the Donahues made a $5 million lead gift to kick off efforts for the Timothy and Jayne Donahue Cardiac Surgery Program, Phase 1 of a larger Heart and Vascular Institute that will allow Jupi- ter Medical Center to deliver the most ad- vanced cardiac procedures to patients with heart and vascular disease. The hospital, already designated a Center of Excellence in Cardiac Care, has invested a great deal in its expansion of interventional cardiac capabilities over the past three years. Part- nering with Mount Sinai Heart New York, Jupiter Medical Center was able to add two interventional cardiac catheterization labs for procedures like balloon angioplasty and coronary stents, thus increasing the num- ber of coronary interventions the hospital's doctors perform by 300 percent. By April 2017, Jupiter Medical Center had reached the 1,100 procedural volumes re- quired by the State of Florida for open-heart attestation. The next step is a Level II Cardiac Surgery Program—which the Donahues' generous donation will help make possible. "When Tim and I walked through the hospital and saw what they are trying to do, we wanted to jump-start the program with a meaningful gift," says Jayne. "We feel that the new Cardiac Surgery Program is yet an- other step in the continuation of providing those with cardiac issues state-of-the-art care in a patient-first environment that is the hallmark of Jupiter Medical Center." The couple has made a conscious deci- sion to use their time and resources to give back. Both former marketing and sales ex- ecutives with cable television and wireless technology companies, they met through work. Tim went on to become CEO of Nextel Communications and chairman of the newly merged Sprint Nextel. Under his leadership, Nextel positioned itself as a different kind of wireless carrier, eager to launch services that competitors did not provide. When he joined the company in 1996, it serviced 100,000 cus- tomers; by the start of 2004, that number had risen to 13 million. Business Week named the affable executive one of the Best Manag- ers around, and he was also Ernst & Young's 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year. With no children of their own, Tim and Jayne decided to use their resources to help other kids. They committed $6 million to Tim's alma mater, John Carroll University in Cleveland—a gift that provides scholar- ships to low-income students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a By Linda Marx | Photography by Robert Nelson

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