Remembering George Steinbrenner

Remembering George Steinbrenner

St. Joseph's joins the Tampa Bay community in mourning the loss of George Steinbrenner.

"For the past 35 years, George Steinbrenner has blessed our city and St. Joseph's Hospital with his kindness and generosity," said St. Joseph's-Baptist Health Care CEO Isaac Mallah. "He will forever be missed but his legacy will carry on in the countless lives he touched throughout our community."

Mr. Steinbrenner and his family have been cherished friends and generous supporters of St. Joseph's for decades. Their personal philanthropy has helped provide care to hundreds of thousands of sick children and their families in their moment of greatest need.

George and Joan Steinbrenner at the 1978 St. Joseph's Annual Dinner with Dow Sherwood. Mrs. Steinbrenner served as a St. Joseph's Development Council board member.

After accompanying his granddaughter to the emergency department, Mr. Steinbrenner learned that treating children in emergency situations is a specialty. He contributed more than $1 million to help St. Joseph's Children's Hospital expand its emergency services to better meet the unique needs of pediatric patients, including the design of a separate, kid-friendly waiting area and designated beds for children. 

"He understood that sick children needed to be in an environment specifically geared toward their physical and emotional needs," said St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Administrator Michael Aubin. "He made that happen for the children in our community and for that we'll be forever grateful." 

George Steinbrenner presents a $500,000 gift for a new emergency center for children to Sr. Marie Celeste Sullivan and Andrew Boyer, MD, chief of St. Joseph's Medical Staff. (1992) 

 Today, the Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center for Children is a state-approved pediatric trauma referral center that operates 24 hours a day with a staff of physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine and pediatrics. It is the busiest children's emergency center on the west coast of Florida, with more than 50,000 children treated annually and countless lives saved over the years.

"St. Joseph's has been fortunate to experience his generous spirit firsthand, and we are extremely honored to be a part of such a legacy," said St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation President Deborah Kotch.

George Steinbrenner with Sr. Marie Celeste Sullivan, past President of St. Joseph's Hospital.