Tampa General renames children’s hospital after Mumas’ ‘biggest contribution ever’

Tampa General Hospital’s children’s hospital will be renamed “Muma Children’s Hospital at TGH” following a significant donation from longstanding benefactors Pam and Les Muma.

The amount of the gift was not disclosed, however, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation stated in a news release that “this marks the most significant contribution to TGH and the largest gift ever to any children’s hospital in our region.”

“This contribution reflects Tampa General’s efforts to transform our nation’s health-care landscape, increase access to world-class care across Florida, and promote health and wellness in our communities,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital.

“When we invest in the health and well-being of our children at an early age, we have the opportunity to establish a foundation for a long and healthy life, and by increasing access to exceptional care for the youngest patients who are battling the most complex illnesses, we can help save lives that have just begun.”

The Muma Children’s Hospital at TGH will offer specialized children’s services and medical care to children and their families, as well as a Level I pediatric trauma center.

“The Mumas’ significant investments in Tampa General are a testament to the strength of our organization and the commitment of our physicians and teams,” said Drew Graham, chair of the Tampa General Hospital board of directors.

Tampa General renames children's hospital after Mumas' 'biggest contribution ever'

“They have seen first-hand just how meaningful Tampa General’s world-class care is to the families and children of our region, and we are fortunate to have their support for our shared mission of reaching more families with greater access to academic-based health care.”

Giving to TGH is not something new for the Mumas. Les served on the TGH Board of Directors for many years and was instrumental in developing the collaboration between TGH and USF Health.

Pam is a former chair of the TGH Foundation board of trustees and presently serves on the Elevating Excellence campaign group, which works to enhance and support the Foundation’s objectives.

“We are excited to partner again with TGH and USF Health to continue their excellence in pediatric health care for the Tampa Bay area as they provide the best care for the sickest of babies and the children of this community,” Pam and Les Muma stated in a press release.

The Muma name can already be found at TGH, including the Muma Chair of Neonatology at USF Health, the Lisa Muma Weitz Cell Laboratory at USF Health, and the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Les Muma attended USF before co-founding Fiserv Inc., a financial services company that evolved from a tiny company with a handful of workers to a Fortune 500 company.

He and his wife, Pam, have also given millions of dollars to USF, with large gifts to the athletics program and the business school that now bears their names.

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