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The Kugelman Family Foundation on Thursday announced a $250,000 donation to the new four-story Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, currently under construction.

Sacred Heart recognized the Kugelman family Thursday in a ceremony at the Children’s Hospital. Matriarch Jane Kugelman, age 91, and her late husband, Jack, have four daughters, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. This most recent gift was given in honor of Jack, who according to Jane, believed strongly in “helping a vast array of people be better off.”

“If you’ve led a fulfilled life and you’re fortunate, you give to someone else,” said Jane Kugelman. “I want our family to be a part of the future of Sacred Heart. This Children’s Hospital will have a positive impact on the lives of many children and their families across our region for years to come.”

To recognize the support and ongoing relationship, Sacred Heart will recognize the Kugelman Family Foundation on the gift shop of the new Children’s Hospital.

A long-time supporter of Sacred Heart, the Kugelman Family Foundation gifted The Children’s Hospital with its first pediatric critical care transport unit. This specially equipped vehicle is used to bring critically ill and injured babies and children from across the Gulf Coast to The Children’s Hospital for lifesaving care. Jane and Jack’s granddaughter Jane Lauter also serves on the board of directors for the Sacred Heart Foundation.

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is the region’s only children’s hospital, serving families across Northwest Florida, South Alabama and South Georgia. Construction of the new four-story children’s hospital is expected to be complete in spring 2019. The new children’s hospital will increase access to specialized pediatric and maternity care and consolidate inpatient pediatric services in one convenient location. The new children’s hospital will include a pediatric emergency department and trauma center, pediatric procedure rooms, 72-bed neonatal intensive care unit, medical/surgical beds, pediatric imaging department, pediatric satellite pharmacy, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation gym, child life playrooms, outdoor gardens and a new family-friendly dining venue.

“We are honored to have the support of the Kugelmans as we progress towards the final phase of construction of the new Children’s Hospital,” said Carol Carlan, president of the Sacred Heart Foundation. “The Kugelmans have been friends to Sacred Heart for many years. Their generosity has touched the lives of thousands across the Gulf Coast. Incorporating the Kugelmans into the new children’s hospital will ensure their legacy lives on for many more generations to come.”

Together, Sacred Heart and Ascension have committed $55 million towards construction of the new children’s hospital, and Sacred Heart has raised $23 million of the $30 million needed from community supporters in order to complete all phases of the expansion.

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