Tampa, FL, April 16, 2021 – Michelle A. Turman, CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services, will serve as the first individual female donor to the new USF Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center in Tampa, Florida. This marks Turman’s second gift to the university and will provide a one-to-one match up to the first $25,000. In 2017, she established a study abroad scholarship to enrich educational experiences for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The USF Health IBD Center will serve as the west Florida’s first and only multi-disciplinary care center dedicated to making life better for IBD patients. Affected patients will receive coordinated and comprehensive care to confront the debilitating symptoms that can cause their overall health to deteriorate. Turman’s gift will establish the Nurses Station to honor front line caregivers and establish a research fund that will advance patient care in the areas of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and familial adenomatous polyposis. Turman was first diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2008 and credits the turn around of her health to the gastroenterology team at USF Health.
“This gift honors those who have helped me, such as Dr. Mark Moseley and Dr. Marchioni-Beery, and so many others that improve the daily life of those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases. It is also my hope that in sharing my story, it will serve to reduce the stigma and inspire others to support a needed resource in our community.
Turman, a USF alumna and advisory board member for the College of Arts and Sciences, has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she has served since 1996 and raised over $75 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.