By Christine Davis

Pregnant women will be able to better care for their babies and themselves thanks to a new prenatal and postpartum program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. The woman who made it possible is longtime Boca Raton resident Barbara C. Gutin, who made a $3 million donation to the institute in March.

7960947069?profile=original“This program will allow pregnant women and new mothers to be better equipped to understand their changing bodies and to know what is a normal part of pregnancy and what may require additional care,” said Dr. Kathy Schilling, medical director of the Women’s Institute. “New mothers will work with their personal physicians, the Toppel Family Place at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, as well as the team of clinicians at the Women’s Institute.”

This includes a board-certified urogynecologist, doctoral trained physical therapists, mental health professionals, nurse practitioners and others.

Gutin, along with her now-late husband, had previously established the Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic Health at the Women’s Institute. Their gift to the hospital of new technology in 2013 established the Irving and Barbara C. Gutin Center for Robotic Surgery. Their first transformational gift was in 2008 to help create a stroke program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

In February, Jean Blechman, co-founder of Twinlab Corp., made a significant financial commitment to Keeping the Promise — The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital to name the Jean and David Blechman Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

“Jean’s commitment throughout the years has been remarkable and enhances vital care for all,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The $250 million Keeping the Promise campaign is the largest in the hospital’s history.

7960947097?profile=originalIt is supporting plans to reimagine the hospital campus. The project includes construction of the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower, the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, an expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Christine E. Lynn Cardiovascular Institute, new operating rooms, renovation of the existing facility to create an all-private patient room environment, and the recently opened Schmidt Family Parking Facility.

Blechman has been a longtime supporter of the hospital and has a special interest in cardiology programs. When her donations helped create the Jean and David Blechman Center for Women’s Specialty Care and Preventive Cardiology, she felt for many years that cardiac care for women was badly neglected. Subsequently, it became known that cardiac disease is the No. 1 killer of women, still true today.

Specialties for this program include breast health, cardiology, and general and robotic surgery.

Maureen Mann, assistant vice president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, was elected vice chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. In her job, she has administrative responsibilities for strategic and daily operations. In her role as vice chair, she will work with volunteers to educate elected officials on important cancer-fighting policies and help them enact legislation that will support cancer research, prevention and treatment.

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of The Coastal Star to add comments!

Join The Coastal Star