Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rachlin Becomes Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Grand Founder $100,000 Gift

09.10.2008

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Sylvester Director, announced today that Rachlin LLP, one of Florida’s largest independent accounting and advisory firms, has become a Grand Founder of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. Through its foundation, Rachlin will contribute $20,000 each year over the next five years to support the center’s ongoing research initiatives and mission-related activities.

“Sylvester has brought hope and healing to countless individuals in this community and beyond,” said Lawrence H. Blum, Rachlin’s managing partner. “Now, more than ever, as tremendous strides are being made at Sylvester in the fight against cancer, we stand committed to support this institution’s mission to save lives and reduce the human burden of cancer.”

Rachlin has been a long-time supporter of Sylvester. The cancer center is one of the firm’s designated charitable organizations for its planned giving program. In addition, over the years Rachlin has provided pro bono services to the center and sponsored and/or participated in a variety of fundraising events.

“Rachlin is a wonderful partner in the fight against cancer and we are excited about this investment in our cancer center,” said Goodwin. “Rachlin’s commitment will help us move one step closer to our goal of finding a cure for cancer.”

For more than 50 years, Rachlin LLP has offered traditional audit and tax services and a wide range of specialized business advisory services. The firm also offers two nontraditional services: financial staffing, and marketing and design. Rachlin provides these services to public and private-sector clients, including publicly traded companies, closely held businesses, governmental entities, local municipalities and not-for-profit organizations. Rachlin, the only South Florida-based accounting firm with both a foundation and a planned giving program, has more than 200 employees in four locations: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in 1992 and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients. All Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion of the Deerfield Beach facility has recently been completed. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with nearly 30 physicians from 12 of Sylvester’s 15 site disease groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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