Holtz NICU to be Named for Philanthropist Schatzi Kassal
For nearly four decades, Schatzi Kassal has been dedicated to seeing some of the region’s tiniest babies survive—and thrive— in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Through her vigorous fundraising efforts and her enormous ability to spur people into action, Kassal and her team of volunteers have made Project: New Born – the philanthropic organization which Kassal founded and for which the NICU is named – into a dynamic force for advocacy and assistance, raising millions of dollars to help support premature and high risk infants.
Last week, Kassal’s commitment was publicly recognized when Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology, announced the unit would be renamed “The Schatzi Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
“I cannot think of a more deserving name that would express the enormous gratitude we owe to Schatzi and the members of Project: New Born,” Dr. Bancalari said. “Thousands of lives have been saved because of the undying efforts of these women. Their support for what we do is legendary and defines what it truly means to be committed to one’s community.”
“For me, personally, it has been a joy; for all of us, it’s a great honor,” Kassal said after the announcement was made at the annual Project: New Born and Bal Harbour Shops fundraising gala and fashion show. The event, which took place at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, featured the first ever U.S. fashion show by Paris-based Lanvin and drew an audience of more than 500 people.
“It’s an incredible thing for an organization to have had so much support over so many years,” Kassal continued as she acknowledged the original members and later supporters of Project: New Born, and committed continued support for the Miller School’s Division of Neonatology.