The Ferreros founded the nonprofit Sebastian Ferrero Foundation to raise money and awareness for a children’s hospital right here in Gainesville.
On Sept. 3, a morning ceremony marked the completion of the $11 million construction of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, which includes a new brightly colored façade, a separate entrance from the rest of the hospital and a new lobby in the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium.
The red brick façade is covered with an assortment of blue, purple, red and yellow panels. The lower floors are covered with aqua-colored glass windows, which mark the exterior of the new pavilion. Inside, the floor is covered with vivid patterns of blue, purple and pink that lead from the entrance to the children’s hospital. The walls are covered with an interactive video screen. Renowned artist Romero Britto’s sculpture “Tomorrow” greets guests in the atrium. The sculpture features a boy in a red, orange and yellow striped shirt with green polka-dot pants reaching upward for a colorful butterfly. The new entrance was a priority for the hospital because the staff believed children and families should never again have to go through the same door as adult patients. We're so thrilled to have this wonderful addition to our community, and are so thankful for the difference this facility will surely make to the lives of many right here in our home town.