The Leesfield Family Foundation proudly recognizes Dr. Leonard J. Zwerling for his lifetime commitment to health care and his dedication to the South Florida community. In his honor, the Foundation has donated two state-of-the art medical diagnostic devices, known as Sonosite SII, to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital.
This diagnostic technology will allow cardiovascular specialists to perform complex procedures while mitigating the need for invasive methods, especially in patients with challenging vascular conditions.
A parlor dedication of the equipment in honor of Dr. Leonard Zwerling will take place before year’s end by virtual attendance. The entire South Florida medical community is invited to participate via zoom. (Details to follow.)
“The gift of the Sonosite SII vascular access ultrasound machine provides us with the best vascular ultrasound imaging possible, ensuring we have safe vascular access to perform our procedures. This technology reduces the risk of major bleeding associated with percutaneous “through the skin” procedures and ensures patients are able to have their procedure completed safely and effectively; getting them back to their homes, loved ones, and lives quicker than ever. We cannot thank the Foundation enough. They truly are providing a gift that will positively impact the lives of all our patients for years!”
Kevin Nicholas, MSN, RN-BC, Manager, Interventional Services, South Miami Hospital
“Thanks to the Leesfield Family Foundation for their wonderfully generous donation. This medical device will enable cardiovascular interventionalists to perform their intricate state-of-the-art procedures more safely, accurately and efficiently to optimize the excellent cardiovascular care at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital.”
Leonard Zwerling, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A
Additionally, as part of Dr. Zwerling’s recognition, the Foundation is in discussions with Baptist Health/South Miami Hospital to launch a Leesfield/Zwerling lecture highlighting the psychology of cardiac disease. All members of the South Florida medical community will be invited to attend the virtual lecture series. For complete information, contact:
Jessi Berrin, M.B.A.
Director of Development
Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
In a continuing effort to support South Miami Hospital frontline health care providers and Baptist Health, the Leesfield Family Foundation has made a needed grant and increased its efforts to provide meals to hospital workers and their families.
During the most difficult challenges in America’s history, LFF has partnered with the following organizations in the fight against COVID-19, providing food and money to those working on the front lines of this pandemic as well as making advancement in the research development of a vaccine:
MONROE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION COVID-19 RELIEF
The Monroe County lockdown during COVID-19 resulted in severe challenges for our friends in Key West and the Florida Keys. With no cruise ships arriving in Key West and no visitors in the area, their economy plunged. The Foundation, in conjunction with Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., immediately responded to the needs of our longtime friends in Monroe County facilitating local grants to:
Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless , Inc.
Bahama Village Little Pantry
Star of the Sea Foundation
These special grants recognized a 40-year relationship between Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. and the Monroe County Bar Association, with a special honor to Tom Sireci, a community leader, who recently passed away.
“Dear Mr. Leesfield, thank you for your generous donation to our FKOC food pantry. During Covid-19, our pantry has become a critical resource for our community members in need. Gifts like yours allow us to continue our work and serve those most in need. Thank you again for your generosity and kindness.” Stephanie Kaple, Executive Director, Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
“Thank you very much. Ira Leesfield,Tom Scolaro and the Law Firm have been so generous to our community for so many years. You are all greatly appreciated. Thank you from all of us once again for ALL you do for our Key West community.” Kindly, Marci L. Rose, Attorney and Volunteer of the Bahama Village Little Pantry.
LFF continues its support of Law Student Scholarships
This past summer, Katherine Padron, a second-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law was chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Leesfield/AAJ Law Student Scholarship. Celebrating the 26th anniversary of the Leesfield/AAJ Law Student Scholarship Program, which began in 1994, we proudly recognized Katherine for her exemplary commitment to trial advocacy. She serves as President of the Christian Legal Society, and is a member of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. A dedicated law student with a passion for justice, she hopes to embark her legal career with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. The award was presented during the AAJ 2020 Amped-UP virtual annual convention held in July.
“I am both humbled and deeply grateful to be receiving such a wonderful opportunity. Thank you, truly, for the work you have done for myself and others. I hope to help others one day as you have helped me. Thank you, once again, for choosing me as the recipient of this award.”
Katherine Padrón, University of Miami School of Law – Class of 2021
To obtain more information, nominate a scholarship recipient, contribute to the Foundation or otherwise submit grant applications, contact