Wolfson Children’s Hospital receives ‘landmark gift’

The Borowy Family Foundation donation supports the campaign to build a new critical care tower.

An artist's rendering of the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower at  Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
An artist's rendering of the Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
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Wolfson Children’s Hospital announced it received what is described as a “landmark gift” from The Borowy Family Foundation on Oct. 22 toward the children’s critical care tower scheduled to open Jan. 25.

The donation will be recognized by establishing the newest addition to the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital campus: The Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower.

“Wolfson Children’s is incredibly grateful for this transformative gift from the Borowy family,” said Michael Aubin, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and chief philanthropy officer for the Baptist Health Foundation, in a news release.

“My family and I have grown to know the Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital family very well throughout our careers and community involvement,” said Dr. Borowy, a retired clinical psychologist, in the release.

“We have been particularly moved by the stories of patients and families at Wolfson Children’s, who are in extremely difficult critical care situations, most often through no fault of their own. We see no better investment than in the health of these children.”

The couple and their children, Hayden Borowy and Megan Borowy Walker and son-in-law, Mark Walker, requested the amount of the gift remain confidential.

The Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower is a seven-story, $224 million building that will be the new entryway to the grounds of Baptist Health’s flagship medical center and Wolfson Children’s, expanding access to the care provided to critically ill and injured infants and children.

“The Borowy family gift is extremely meaningful to all of us at Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and the fact that they have a long history of supporting our mission makes it that much more special,” said Michael Mayo, president and CEO of Baptist Health, in the release. 

“It is a powerful testament to the depth of the Borowys’ commitment to caring for families throughout our region, today and for generations to come,” he said.

The family’s gift went toward the “Hope Starts Here” campaign, the five-year, $60 million commitment to transform the delivery of integrated critical care for the critically ill and injured infants and children in North Florida and South Georgia. 

The campaign began in 2018 and will continue through 2023. It is designed to enable Wolfson Children’s Hospital to expand upon its mission of providing care to all children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

Through gifts from the Borowy family and other donors, more than $47 million has been raised to date toward the $60 million goal.

Those donors include philanthropist Mary Virginia Terry, a longtime supporter of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, who made the first major gift to the “Hope Starts Here” campaign.