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Health Notes: Large gifts boost Boca Hospital campaign’s $250 million launch

A seven-story tower for patients is the centerpiece of the hospital’s expansion plans. Rendering provided

Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s $250 million campaign, launched in mid-January, is off to a good start. “Keeping the Promise … The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital” has already received large philanthropic gifts from Christine E. Lynn, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Richard and Barbara Schmidt, Elaine J. Wold, and Louis B. and Anne W. Green.

“As always, our supporters have demonstrated their spirit, commitment, and unflagging devotion by helping ensure these plans become reality,” said Jerry Fedele, the hospital’s president and CEO. “We all owe them a debt of gratitude for the sophisticated level of health care we will all enjoy as we move forward with this transformative initiative.”

This campaign, the largest in the hospital’s 51-year history, has already raised $115 million.

Initial steps of the project include a new 180,000-square-foot, seven-story patient tower; investments in neuroscience programs and staff for the Marcus Neuroscience Institute; renovations in the current hospital building; and the addition of a 20-bed observation unit, as well as a 972-car parking garage.

“We’ve all come together in the spirit of Gloria Drummond, whose pioneering spirit helped build this hospital, to help take us to the next level as a health care provider,” said Lynn, donor and chairman of the board of trustees. “We hope and expect those who care deeply about sophisticated world-class health care will embrace this effort and help us bridge the gap between the $115 million we’ve raised to date and the $250 million we need to move forward. Our community has always been there for the hospital, as demonstrably as the hospital has been there for the community.”

The announcement of this campaign took place at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute on the campus of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. 

In December, Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, a $73 million, 98,000-square-foot facility made possible through a $20 million lead gift from the Sandlers and other community philanthropists. The Sandler Pavilion houses the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, which treats about 4,000 newly diagnosed patients each year.

And more good news: In December, officials at the hospital announced that Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating of Boca Raton Regional Hospital bonds from BBB+ to A-. The rating outlook also improved from stable to positive.

Research fellows from the Florida Atlantic University Brain Institute collected grants totaling $1,137,227 from the Florida Department of Health’s Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. That program supports research leading to the prevention and possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease as well as better prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Among the FAU Brain Institute award recipients are: Mónica Rosselli, Ph.D., assistant chair and a psychology professor in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science; Henriette van Praag, Ph.D., an associate professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine; Ruth M. Tappen, Ed.D., a professor and the Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar in FAU’s  Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Jianning Wei, Ph.D., an associate professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine.

On Feb. 5 and March 5, Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center will offer free Rock Steady Boxing informational sessions, introducing its noncontact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease. On Feb. 14 and March 14, the center will offer free informational sessions on its FyzFit program. All informational sessions will begin at noon. Fyzical Fitness is at 7103 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. For more information and to RSVP, call Nicole Chaplin at 432-0111, ext. 216.

The Future of Medicine Summit XII of the Palm Beach County Medical Society & Services will be held Feb. 7-8 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. Speakers will include Dr. Patrice A. Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association; Dr. Corey Lee Howard, president of the Florida Medical Association; Dr. Marc Hirsh, president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society; Matthias Haury, Ph.D., chief operating officer of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience; Tom Kodadek, Ph.D., professor and department chairman in cancer biology for Scripps Research’s Florida campus; Janet Robishaw, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research chair, Department of Biomedical Science, FAU; and Dr. Phillip M. Boiselle, dean of Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU. For more information, contact Katherine Zuber at KatherineZ@pbcms.org or 433-3940, ext. 102.

Send health news to Christine Davis at cdavis9797@gmail.com.

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