Tampa General Hospital Foundation Receives $5 Million Gift from Blake Casper to Support New Surgical, Neuroscience & Transplant Pavilion
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TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 13, 2023 ~ Tampa General Hospital (TGH) today announced a generous $5 million gift from longstanding supporter and TGH Board member Blake Casper and his family to the TGH Foundation. This contribution will support the construction of the planned, new on-campus Surgical, Neuroscience & Transplant Pavilion at the academic health system's flagship campus on Davis Islands.

John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General, expressed his appreciation for Casper's unwavering dedication to the advancement of Tampa General. He said that due to the support of Casper and his fellow board members, their organization has experienced significant growth over the last several years. Couris added that this exceptional gift will provide meaningful support to their team as they pivot from foundational to transformational work as one of the country's leading academic health systems.

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Casper is a multi-generation Tampa Bay native and is a devoted advocate for the community. He joined the Florida Health Sciences Center Board of Directors in 2015, currently chairing the Finance Committee, and previously served as the chair of the Investment Committee. In October, Casper was elected to the role of Vice Chairman and Treasurer. He is CEO of Caspers Company, a hospitality management organization that owns, operates and supports hospitality concepts such as hotels, clubs, full and quick-service restaurants, behavioral health clinics and residential/commercial design services.

The Surgical, Neuroscience & Transplant Pavilion is a cornerstone of TGH's Master Facility Plan which is an ambitious $550 million capital commitment that is already transforming patient care in Tampa Bay by creating a new epicenter of innovation, health and healing in Tampa Bay. The new 13-floor pavilion will include 136 additional in-patient beds along with a shell floor for future growth as well as a new education and conference center.

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Casper expressed his appreciation for Tampa General Hospital saying it holds a special place in his heart. He added that he has been fortunate enough to witness first hand how dedicated their team is across their entire health system which made this gift even more meaningful for him personally since he entrusts his own family's health to TGH.

Frann Leppla who serves as senior vice president of development and chief philanthropy officer at TGH Foundation expressed her gratitude towards Blake Casper and his family for this generous donation which will allow them to continue executing their commitment towards delivering world-class care to their patients.

In conclusion it can be said that with this generous donation from Blake Casper's family along with other donations from other supporters TGH Foundation's five year capital campaign "Elevating Excellence" with its ambitious $100 million goal will fund expansion technologies and programs that will continue transforming Tampa General Hospital into one of America's leading academic health systems while also transforming healthcare landscape in Tampa Bay region
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