MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sir Richard Branson will present a talk and answer questions during a three-hour $5,000-seat luncheon at noon Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, hosted by Mike and Constance Fernandez at their home and presented by the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation to benefit the expansion of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami.
“It is such an honor to enjoy the presence of Sir Richard Branson, whose forward-thinking is an inspiration universally. Our vision at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute also is bold. We are building to change the future of medicine. Our planned expansion will allow us to stay at the forefront of cardiac and vascular medicine on the world stage and to continue to tackle the most difficult cases that other hospitals and doctors turn away,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Katzen, who has distinguished himself internationally as a leader in the development of interventional radiology, performed a life-saving cardiovascular treatment for Sir Richard’s wife, Lady Joan Branson.
In his appreciation, Sir Richard has made available to the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation one seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to outer space. The $250,000 ticket will be sold at auction during the luncheon.
At Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, world-renowned physicians are pioneers in less invasive techniques for treating aneurysms, stroke and heart disease, and they are international leaders in many groundbreaking research trials.
Among new programs planned by the Institute is a National Center for Aneurysm Therapy, a Center for Advanced Endovascular Therapy and a Center for Structural Heart Therapy. Most areas of the existing facility are under renovation, and four advanced endovascular procedure suites will be added. Plans designed by HKS Architects call for a 60,000-square-foot addition and a 40,000-square-foot renovation.
The Institute’s global reputation as leaders in cardiovascular care has attracted many high-profile patients from around the world. In just the past few years, Branson is the second high-profile individual to donate support to the Institute, following performing artist and Grammy Award-winner Celine Dion. Ms. Dion gave a concert two years ago to a sellout audience at the Jackie Gleason Theater in gratitude for the life-saving procedure carried out on her husband, René Angélil, by Dr. Katzen.
It was announced in November that Sir Richard and his children, Holly and Sam, will travel into space as the first private passengers on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Medical Group.
Baptist Health South Florida Foundation is the fundraising arm of Baptist Health South Florida. The Foundation supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.