Gift will Establish the Michael Fux Family Center
Gathering with Michael Fux, third from left, and his spouse, Gloria Rubin, second from left, are, from left, Ann Unterberg, chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and vice chair of Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees; Bill Arnold, chief operating officer at Monmouth; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer at Monmouth; and Tara Kelly, vice president of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.
The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center received a $1 million donation from philanthropist and successful Florida businessman, Michael Fux and the Michael Fux Foundation, to establish the Michael Fux Family Center.
Rising from humble beginnings in Cuba to become CEO of Comfort Revolution, a distributor and marketer of comfort sleep products with a location in West Long Branch, Mr. Fux created two charitable foundations to help those in need and benefit those less fortunate. He established the Michael Fux Foundation in 2006 with the mission of enriching the lives of underprivileged children with serious illnesses.
The Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital will be modeled after the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) and will provide a safe, non-clinical environment for the families of children receiving care and will offer peace and respite. It will provide dedicated space for parents, patients and siblings to interact with each other as a family, despite the medical challenges faced by their child. Features of the Michael Fux Family Center will include a full kitchen and dining area, family room, private breast-feeding room, showers, laundry facilities, a movie theater, children’s library, computer rooms, a performance arts center, a gym and a massage therapy room. Construction is set to begin in 2015.
“I am thrilled to embark on this project and partner with Monmouth Medical Center to create the Michael Fux Family Center at The Unterberg’s Children Hospital,” said Mr. Fux. “I look forward to enriching the lives of the children being treated here as well as their families. I know from my experience that this is a wonderful service and opportunity.”
“We are extremely thankful to Mr. Fux and the Michael Fux Foundation for this generous and transformative gift. It will help to ensure that The Unterberg Children’s Hospital continues to fulfill its mission of providing family-centered, comprehensive care to all of our young patients while providing a supportive environment for families,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center.
“This gift will truly have a tremendous impact on the children being treated at the Unterberg Children’s Hospital and their families,” said Tara F. Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. “Children and parents will have the opportunity to catch up on the details of normal life while finding the comfort and solace they need during a difficult time.”
The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers the highest level of pediatric services for newborns to adolescents, including cutting-edge treatment, specialized expertise and an unsurpassed dedication to medical excellence in 26 pediatric sub-specialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a child-friendly, family-centered approach.
To learn more about The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, please visit www.barnabashealth.org/uch.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.