UF Health TraumaOne began in 1983 and is the region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center, serving 30 counties in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. It is a significant part of what positions UF Health Jacksonville to be the region’s most valued health care asset.
To help raise awareness and support for trauma and critical care at UF Health Jacksonville, the UF Health TraumaOne Heroes Council was established in 2008, started with a few dedicated volunteers and has since grown into a dynamic group of more than 20 members. Their flagship event, A Night for Heroes, has raised more than $2 million to benefit our trauma program. The TraumaOne Heroes Council was recently recognized at the national level and honored as an Outstanding Civic Organization at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida First Coast Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day award ceremony. I am very proud of the members of the council for this prestigious recognition and the work they do to help support our TraumaOne team.
Their efforts will be recognized during the 15th Annual A Night for Heroes gala this spring. The event honors the contributions of those who work tirelessly to make our trauma program a leader in the field. Proceeds from the event help purchase lifesaving equipment and support our trauma and critical care services. I look forward to this special event every year. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding and unique care we deliver to our patients and community.
Russell E. Armistead, MBA
CEO, UF Health Jacksonville