Rounds at the Grounds 2012

Rounds at the Grounds 2012 was a great success despite the inclement weather! Thank you to all the doctors, sponsors, donors and fans who came out! We raised more than $40,000 to make sure every baby has a healthy start!


The third annual Rounds at the Grounds was cancelled twice due to weather, but doctors, nurses, sponsors and Healthy Start fans still came out August 19 for a reception at the Suns stadium. Thank you to everyone who came out, supported the event and spread the word about having healthy babies!

Rounds is a partnership with the Jacksonville Suns that builds on Healthy Start’s commitment to community awareness and action. Each day, doctors and nurses step up to the plate to hit homeruns for Jacksonville families seeking quality health care and solutions. Leading up to National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (September), players signed up to play a celebrity softball game.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors: Eugene Monroe, the Dorothy Wilson Mabry Legacy Fund, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Rayonier, Mayo Clinic, Best Bet Greyhound Racing, Regions, the DuBow Foundation, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Brooks Rehabilitation, Shands Jacksonville, World Wide Communications, Linda Asay & Bob Spaeth, Mary Jane McRae, Cindy Neville, Catherine Hardee Drew, Dr. Harry Abram and Melinda & Dennis Wyman.

Special thanks to the Chartrand Foundation, which is generously matching the money raised to support the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! community education and awareness campaign!

    Get to know some of the players and sponsors of Rounds 2012:

    We may not have 22 Olympic medals like Michael Phelps, but we did have 22 doctor and nurses who showcased their talents this Sunday!

    Meet the Woods! For this year’s doctors vs. nurses challenge, we have Rounds veteran Dr. David Wood and his wife, first-time player Julie Wood, RN. Find out why they got involved, what their #1 health tip is and how this power couple met!

    Sponsor Highlights: We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for the 2012 Rounds at the Grounds. We are highlighting some of our new sponsors, like Brooks Rehabilitation, a non-profit rehabilitation hospital headquartered in Jacksonville offering in-patient and out-patient services. Find out what kind of women’s services they offer and their top health advice!

    Rounds Newbies: This year we are thrilled to have lots of new players. Meet Betty Gonzalez, RN, who works with Women’s Services at Shands Jacksonville; Dr. Dang-Khoa Vo, an orthopaedic surgeon at Shands Jacksonville; Dr. Mark Toney, a pediatric hospitalist with Wolfson Children’s Hospital; and Dino DeLosSantos, RN, a nurse in the Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital/ Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Shands Jacksonville. These Rounds Rookies share their #1 health tips, favorite things about Jacksonville and more!

    Play Ball! This year we have a new celebrity umpire: Healthy Start is delighted to welcome First Coast News Sports Anchor Chris Porter to his first Rounds at the Grounds’ game.

    Sideline Commentator: Lee Brown has graciously committed to being our sideline commentator at the rescheduled Rounds event. We look forward to having him! Find out more about the Purple Heart recipient, Leadership Jacksonville graduate and much more here.

    From the desk of Dr. Abram. Get to know the three-time Rounds veteran, a pediatric neurologist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Nemours Children’s Clinic.