The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center, a medical home close to home for Palm Beach County children with specialized and/or acute medical needs, is now located on the “Frank DiMino Campus” in Wellington.
The new name was added to signage on the building, near the entrance and in its lobby to recognize DiMino, a 93-year-old philanthropist.
The Wellington resident made a significant contribution to the nonprofit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, which chose the Wellington campus naming as a way to honor him for his support. The gift was one of the largest in the foundation’s history.
“This will help us improve access to and delivery of high-quality pediatric care for children and families in South Florida,” said Aurelio Fernandez III, CEO of the Memorial Healthcare System, the facility’s parent organization. “This generous donation goes a long way toward keeping our kids safe.”
DiMino recently visited the Wellington campus and was met by staff carrying signs expressing appreciation. He connected with Fernandez and other Memorial Healthcare System leaders, including Nina Beauchesne, Caitlin Stella and Kevin Janser.
“I’m honored to support such an outstanding organization that does so much for the health and well-being of children and families in South Florida,” DiMino said.
The donation was made to the foundation’s “Catch the Love” capital campaign, which will help underwrite the cost to expand the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. The initiative will double the size of the stand-alone facility, to 320,000 square feet within an eight-story building.
“It’s a $150 million construction project, with $50 million, or a third of it, being raised through philanthropy. This donation will help underwrite the additional four stories that will be added to the existing structure,” Fernandez said.
The expansion will provide the main hospital with the additional space it needs for specialized cardiac, intensive care and medical surgical capabilities. It will also increase access to leading-edge pediatric care and treatments, including those for cancer, orthopedic, neurology and neonatal patients. Additional services will also be extended into the community and support will be provided to families during their most challenging times.
The donation is DiMino’s second significant contribution to the children’s hospital foundation. A previous gift, through his own family foundation in 2018, resulted in the DiMino name being added to the emergency department at the hospital.
“We’re just so happy to now have something he can drive by, in his community, with his name on it,” said Stella, CEO of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “It’s a great legacy for him and a great gift for us, so we’re very thankful.”
Established in 1994, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to underwrite the cost of facilities, programs and services for children and families at the hospital and specialty center. These actions support the Memorial Healthcare System mission to heal the body, mind and spirit of those it touches.
The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington features high quality, patient and family-centered care in a warm, kid-friendly environment. The facility features medical experts in audiology, cardiology, craniofacial, endocrinology, general surgery, immunology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology and pulmonology, plus comprehensive imaging (MRI and ultrasound), outpatient surgery and rehabilitation services.
Part of the Memorial Healthcare System, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center is located at 3377 S. State Road 7 in Wellington. To learn more, or make an appointment, call (561) 341-7000 or visit www.jdch.com/wellington.