The pandemic has changed all of our lives in ways that we could not have imagined. At The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation we have adapted to our new normal by continuing our operations via Zoom meetings and creatively evaluating our fundraising opportunities. There is a lot to update you about, starting with what is going on at our hospital.

If you missed the big announcement in The Villages Daily Sun on July 31, 2020, we at UF Health, are growing rapidly. The location of our new state-of-the-art hospital was finally revealed. It will be adjacent to the Florida Turnpike at the intersection with County Road 470. The 400-acre facility is very special because not only will it be a teaching hospital, it will also be a regional trauma center which is much needed in our rapidly expanding community. The hospital is only a part of a medical village that will include educational facilities and housing for doctors, nurses, medical students and other health care professionals. In addition, the campus will include research and advanced clinical care facilities. Future plans for the medical village include attracting health care specialists, medical equipment, pharmaceutical and other health care companies.

We are making great strides in the quality of health care in our community. In addition to our future expansion, our present is bright as well. Another recent announcement recognized UF Health’s selection as a top-rated hospital in Florida.

The Hospital Auxiliary Foundation has not slowed down during the pandemic either. It has had to nimbly adjust to the new normal by actively evaluating fundraising activities and how best to be of service to the hospital. Keeping the safety of our community first and foremost in mind led to several of The Foundation’s usual events, including the annual Foundation Dinner, Hearts for Our Hospital Big Bike Weekend and John Truth & Reflexx concert fundraisers being canceled. However, they are exploring ways to reinvent the annual Hearts for Our Hospital Gala which takes place in February. Stay tuned for some exciting news!

The Pandemic Preparedness Fund is a new and innovative development. This fund, which can be accessed via our website benefits local, hard-working medical professionals who sacrifice so much to ensure we continue to be in good health.

To learn more or make an online donation visit: TVRHFOUNDATION.ORG and select “DONATE NOW.” Please designate your gift to the Pandemic Preparedness Fund.

Many thanks to the Foundation President, Dick Campbell, and our staff, for spearheading these new endeavors and, as always, thanks to you, our readers and supporters.