Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) October 26, 2016
Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has made a $1 million gift to Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center that, with matching funds, has created a $2.25 million Jacksonville Jaguars endowment for breast cancer prevention, treatment, and care. Khan presented a check to Hugh Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health, during Sunday's game between the Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders at EverBank Field.
“Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center provides a unique opportunity for Jacksonville in the international efforts to prevent, treat and cure cancer,” Khan said. “For this reason, we are making a significant commitment to create an endowment to support and help advance their efforts, specifically in the area of breast cancer which continues to impact the lives of women daily. This is a serious disease and one that requires teamwork to defeat it, and we are honored to be a part of that team.”
“We are very grateful for Shad Khan’s generosity, which recognizes the transformational nature of the Baptist MD Anderson partnership and the world-renowned model of care it has brought to our region,” said Greene. “This gift is yet another indication of our longstanding relationship as the official health care provider of the Jacksonville Jaguars since 1993.”
Baptist Health is Northeast Florida’s largest and most comprehensive health system, one of only five organizations in the nation to be chosen as a partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Based in Houston, MD Anderson is the largest freestanding cancer center in the world, and consistently has been ranked as America’s best hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center replicates the MD Anderson model of multidisciplinary cancer care, addressing the medical needs of patients as well as their emotional, spiritual, and wellness needs. Centrally locating all services and specialties in one facility provides the patient and family with a home for every step of their journey – diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, support and survivorship.
About Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaguars Foundation
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football team, one of 32 member clubs of the National Football League (NFL), aligned in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). Founded on Nov. 30, 1993, they began play as an expansion team in 1995 and are in their 22nd season of play in 2016. The team is owned by Shahid Khan, who purchased the franchise in January of 2012. The club plays its home games at EverBank Field, located near the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Since their inaugural season in 1995 the Jaguars have won two division championships and have made six playoff appearances, playing in 11 postseason games.
The Jaguars Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the team, has provided more than $20 million in grants to support programs for children, youth and families; education, community and neighborhood development; women’s health; military and veterans; NFL Play 60 fitness and youth football.
About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and three primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care, which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.