Baptist Health Foundation’s Philanthropic Academy Awards
Century Club member Rudy Kranys, Baptist Health Foundation chairman, with Founders Society member Lois Russell

President’s Circle member Robert Gintel, Mariners Hospital Foundation Board member

Philanthropy took center stage during “A Celebration of Generosity,” hosted by Baptist Health South Florida Foundation. The annual event took place at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. It provided the Foundation with the opportunity to thank and recognize the generosity of its donors, with special congratulations and welcome to the Class of 2012.

“It is truly a pleasure to honor our donors, who have been so generous with their time and resources,” said Rudy Kranys, Foundation Board chairman. “Even in these challenging times, their generosity allows Baptist Health to continue providing the best healthcare experience to everyone in our community. We are extremely grateful for their continued support and dedication.”

A special reception in the lobby kicked off the evening, followed by an awards ceremony in the theater. The evening’s emcee, CBS4 anchor Cynthia Demos, shared the podium with Stephen J. Parsons, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation. A featured performance by Grammy Award-winning flutist Nestor Torres captivated the audience as he shared his passion for Baptist Health and philanthropy while performing several stellar musical pieces.

Also in the spotlight was a touching video featuring a young woman, Naomi Spears. She shared how she struggled with unbearable headaches, constant fatigue and pain for 10 years from an unknown ailment that left her with no hope. She came to Baptist Hospital and received compassionate care from the doctors and nurses at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Today she has hope for the future with no limitations and is free of pain, fatigue and fear.

The evening’s presenting sponsor was Kendall Anesthesia Associates/Sheridan Healthcare. Additional sponsors included Allianz Global Investors Capital; Caywood-Scholl Capital Management; Columbia Management; Diversified; Falk, Waas, Hernandez, Cortina, Solomon & Bonner, P.A.; HKS Architects, Inc.; Sage Advisory Services, LTD, Co.; Segall Bryant and Hamill; TGSV Enterprises; Trane; Tri-City Electric; Wells Capital Management and Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A

Funds raised by the Foundation support projects and programs at all Baptist Health hospitals, facilities and Centers of Excellence. If you would like more information about contributing to the Baptist Health Foundation, please call 786-467-5400, or email

President’s Circle and Living Legacy Society member Gloria Vasta Lewis

Arthur Vining Davis Club member Richard P. Cole, Esq.

Cynthia and Patrick Lee, new Tower Club members

Century Club member Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health (center) presents a special award recognizing the support and generosity of Radiology Associates of South Florida (RASF). Left to right: Dennis Wiseman, chief operating officer; Kevin Abrams, M.D., chief of Radiology, BHM; James Benenati, M.D., vice president of RASF, and Ricardo Cury, M.D., president & CEO, RASF

Founders Society member Stephen J. Parsons, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation, CBS4 anchor Cynthia Demos and Grammy Award-winning flutist Nestor Torres

Cheryl and Michael Meads, new Tower Club members

South Miami Hospital Foundation Board member and Living Legacy society member Wicho Hernandez representing new Tower Club member, Wicho’s On The Green

Tower Club member Jerry Hirsch, Mariners Hospital Foundation Board member

Founders Society member Peter Foyo with Lisa Folkerth and Founders Society member George Foyo, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Baptist Health

Maira and Edward Abraham, M.D., representing presenting sponsor Kendall Anesthesia Associates/Sheridan Healthcare; and Benefactor Christopher M. Kraus, chief operating officer, Baptist Health Foundation

Founders Society member Wayne Brackin, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Baptist Health, with Julio Baquero, M.D., Radiology Associates of South Florida

New Century Club members Abby and Jose E. Portuondo, M.D. (E.R. Stat Inc.). Dr. Portuondo is a Doctors Hospital Foundation Board member

New Century Club members Kerry and Jorge Perez, M.D. of Tower Club member Critical Care Newborn Services. Dr. Perez is a South Miami Hospital Foundation Board member

New Century Club members Dr. Albert and Debbie Tano, of Tower Club member Critical Care Newborn Services

Century Club and Living Legacy Society Club members Susan and S. Lawrence Kahn

Century Club members James Harris, Baptist Health Foundation chair emeritus, and Kathy Harris

Founders Society member Lourdes Jofre-Collett with new Century Club members Barry Katzen, M.D., founder and director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Judith Katzen

Tower Club and Living Legacy Society members Bill and Roberta Stokes with Founders Society member Jack Ziffer, M.D., chief executive officer, Baptist Health Medical Group

Century Club members Dan and Trish Bell