Meet the Largo family behind Florida Hospital West Division’s largest donation ever
Jugal and Manju Taneja were determined that something good would come from the death of their 44-year-old son, Mandeep Taneja.
That’s why the Taneja family, owners of a pharmaceutical firm in Largo, are the major financial donors behind a $256 million surgical and patient tower at Florida Hospital Tampa. The six-story, 300,000-square-foot expansion includes 24 new operating rooms, a new hospital entrance and more than 100 all-private dedicated surgical care beds. It will be named The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery.
Vet-owned American Freedom Distillery to establish 9/11 memorial
The physical plant is still two or three months away from opening, but the owners of American Freedom Distillery – former members of the first Special Operations force to engage in Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 – are already laying significant roots in St. Petersburg, their adopted city.
On Nov. 10, the American Freedom team will break ground on Rise St. Pete, a 20×40-foot monument and tribute to first responders and the resiliency of the nation. Located on the corner of 5th Street and 22nd Avenue South, in the Warehouse Arts District, the monument – to be designed by local sculptor Mark Aeling – will have as its centerpiece and focal point a steel beam recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
Business briefs: Certegy sale, tech talk and more
- Fidelity National Information Services took a loss when it sold Certegy Check Services, its St. Petersburg-based subsidiary.
- One of the Tampa Bay area’s best-known entrepreneurs, Tony DiBenedetto, has been named board chairman of CCG Analytics, an analytic and data management consulting firm in Tampa.
Patrick Jackson (American Stage Theatre Company)
Actor Patrick Jackson has an extensive artistic resume, having performed in theatrical, television and film productions. His acting credits include numerous plays at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, and various shows at Spelman College in Atlanta. Jackson even starred in the leading role in "When the Party Ends," a short film about love and HIV in a coterie of LGBTQ friends.
In 1977, what is now known as American Stage was founded as The Palisades Theatre of Florida at Eckerd College (then known as Florida Presbyterian College). Two years later, in 1979, The Palisades used a donation from the Junior League of St. Petersburg to turn a run-down cinema house in downtown St. Petersburg into a 179-seat performance venue.