Boca Raton Regional Hospital Seeks To Raise $250M, Expand Campus

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has launched a campaign to raise $250 million for expanding, including the construction of a patient tower on its campus.

The announcement came as the nonprofit hospital prepares for a merger with Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida. That affiliate is expected to be finalized in summer 2019. However, BRRH will maintain its identity.

Its fundraising campaign has showcased how the Boca Raton hospital has one of the deepest donor networks in South Florida. It has already raised $115 million, with donations coming from board members Christine E. Lynn, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Richard and Barbara Schmidt, Elaine J. Wold, and Louis B. and Anne W. Green.

“We stand at the threshold of an extraordinary future for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, one borne of a powerful and visionary long-term plan,” said BRRH President and CEO Jerry Fedele, who will retire after the Baptist Health deal is consummated. “As always, our supporters of the Hospital have demonstrated their spirit, commitment, and unflagging devotion by helping ensure these plans become reality. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for the sophisticated level of healthcare we will all enjoy as we move forward with this transformative initiative.”

The hospital hopes to expand its campus with a seven-story patient tower. This 180,000-square-foot building would include surgical suites, a patient lobby, and three floors set aside for future growth. The 400 rooms in the current hospital building would be converted to all private rooms with a major renovation, plus a 20-bed observation unit would be added.

BRRH also plans to build a 972-space 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 healthcare provider,” said Lynn, chairman of BRRH. “We hope and expect those who care deeply about sophisticated world-class healthcare 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.”

Source: SFBJ

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