SOURCE: Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation

December 19, 2013 12:53 ET

President Bill Clinton to Receive Inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award January 24, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, FL--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2013) - In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Joe DiMaggio's birth, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital will be presenting the first ever Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award. This award will be given to that individual who represents the highest of values for which Joe DiMaggio stood.

Recipient of the inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award is President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States

The award will be presented on the evening of Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Don Taft University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Davie, Florida. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Crag Cohen at (954) 265-7241 or crcohen@mhs.net.

HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN ICON AWARD 

For 25 years, the Memorial Classic/Joe DiMaggio Legends Game was a major charity event, raising millions of dollars for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation and helping thousands of children. The inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award event will carry on this baseball tradition, and former major league baseball players will be in attendance to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Joe DiMaggio's Birthday.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital was established in 1992 and combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has 204 beds and is South Florida's newest freestanding children's hospital. The hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by world-class pediatricians, pediatric specialists, specialty-trained nurses and ancillary support staff. More than 650 physicians are on the medical staff, and during the 2012 calendar year our team recorded:

  • 8,689 admissions
  • 5,919 surgeries
  • 663,429 Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital pediatric emergency department visits
  • 108,621 Memorial Healthcare System pediatric emergency department visits

Uniquely inspired by and designed for kids and families, the freestanding building offers many amenities. The vibrant colors, whimsical décor and larger-than-life murals welcome children to an upbeat environment where the "Power of Play" is a healing force. Each floor reflects an individual theme of sports, arts, games or dreams. All patient rooms are private and are wired for movies, video games, the Internet and educational programs, and room-service meals are available any time of the day.

This four-story, 180,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly facility features six pediatric operating rooms, dedicated medical/surgical units, family resource centers, ambulatory services, imaging services that feature a CT scanner disguised as a pirate ship, and an entire floor dedicated to inpatient and outpatient pediatric oncology treatment. The team at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital embraces a patient- and family-centered approach to care, working with families in the effort to best meet the needs of the child.

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