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From left, David Thiel, urologist and medical director at the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic; William Rupp, Mayo Clinic Florida CEO; Delores Barr Weaver and Wayne Weaver.

Nonprofit News: Highlighting Jacksonville’s Philanthropic Community

by Catie Fry, Copy Editor

As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, the Daily Record has established this feature that each week reports the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and the individuals and businesses that support them.

Bailey Publishing & Communications invites all members of the local nonprofit community to email news, announcements and success stories to nonprofitnews@baileypub.com or to cfry@baileypub.com.

We also encourage our readers to become more aware of the needs of these worthy organizations as they continue to provide valuable services with reduced resources.

Weavers give $7 million for Mayo Clinic center

Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver recently gave $7 million to the new Multidisciplinary Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic.

The center will be named “J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center” and is expected to open in early 2013.

The Weavers, Jacksonville community leaders and former owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, said their gift is meant to promote high-quality patient care, education and research and that the benefits of Mayo’s simulation center should be shared with the entire community.

Simulation encompasses several approaches, including allowing surgeons to practice fundamentals and master new techniques, hospitalist physicians and nursing staff undergoing team training and health care staff providing patient assessments using standardized patients. Mayo’s new simulation center will offer these experiences in a medical theater environment, where learners can practice scenarios with experienced faculty in a space that replicates real life.

The center is part of a two-story addition to the Vincent A. Stabile Building and will initially occupy 9,600 square feet.

The space will include a designated area for procedural/surgical task trainers, an operating room, intensive care unit, hospital and outpatient exam rooms, an emergency medicine suite, and classroom/debriefing space, as well as extensive audiovisual equipment so that training scenarios can be recorded and reviewed. Other amenities include a 60-seat learning center that will accommodate large-team training exercises and educational programs for external organizations. It will also link with Mayo Clinic’s simulation centers in Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz., creating one of the larger medical simulation programs in the nation.

‘Finfest on the River’ aids speech, hearing center

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center will host its annual “FinFest on the River” fundraiser 7-11 p.m. Oct 13 at Timuquana Country Club.

Heather and Patrick Geraghty, president and CEO of Florida Blue, are the honorary co-chairs and Florida Blue is the presenting sponsor.

Entertainment will be provided by Gary Roland and The Landsharks Band, back by popular demand. Tropical-style cuisine will be provided and a silent auction will feature vacation packages.

Tickets are $100 per person and $75 for young professionals (40 years old and under). For ticket and sponsor information, visit shcjax.org or call 355-3403.

Funds raised from the event will be used to benefit Jacksonville underserved children and families in need of speech and hearing services.

Annual Coastal Cleanup locations announced

The City’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful partnership invites volunteers to participate in the Florida Coastal Cleanup event on Saturday.

The cleanup will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines and is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Florida Coastal Cleanup is a part of the 27th annual clean and is the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect oceans, lakes and rivers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers while keeping track of every piece of trash they find.

Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the marine debris problem. Over the past 27 years, more than eight-and-a-half million volunteers have removed 145 million pounds of trash from nearly 300,000 miles of coastline and waterways in 152 countries and locations.

Local volunteers are needed to join this effort and can be part of a scientific study of litter/debris by recording results on data cards that will be provided.

Advance registration is not required. Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the sites listed below.

This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Service hour certificates will be available from site captains. Free T-shirts are available; redeem your T-shirt ticket 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market.

For more information visit signuptocleanup.org and use the search tool to find Jacksonville.

cfry@baileypub.com

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