Following the unimaginable loss of their son Sebastian less than two years ago, Horst and Luisa Ferrero created the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation with a mission to improve child patient safety and develop a full-service children's hospital. Today the stars have aligned for the Foundation with two significant steps forward. The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, the University of Florida and Shands HealthCare have agreed to conduct an analysis of the attributes and resources of premier children's hospitals in a cooperative effort to achieve a level of patient safety and quality that is second to none in a full-service environment devoted to children. The Foundation has also just received a commitment for a $5 million gift--which represents significant progress toward the philanthropic support necessary to move this project closer to achieving its fundraising goal.
"Together we are working toward our shared goal of achieving the highest possible patient safety and quality in an environment dedicated to optimal care for children," said Dr. David Guzick, UF's senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System. "This generous gift represents a major milestone in the Foundation's efforts to realize that vision."
The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation has received a $5 million commitment from Mr. Craig Silverstein, a Gainesville native and son of physicians Drs. Burton and Janet Silverstein, both of Gainesville. "Growing up the child of two doctors, I understand the important role medical care plays in a community. The more I hear about this Project, and what it will bring to Gainesville, the more excited I am by it," said Silverstein, who became Google's first employee in 1998 and is now its Director of Technology. "Giving this gift to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation will help advance its mission of creating a full-service Children's Hospital in partnership with Shands at UF, while ensuring the highest quality care for children in North Central Florida and beyond." Mr. Silverstein proposed this grant through his donor advised fund at Schwab Charitable Fund.