By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s most ambitious financial campaign in its nearly 52-year history has gotten another boost from a philanthropic couple who stepped forward to support the community medical center growth.
Last month, BRRH announced it had received a $10 million gift from Louis B. and Anne W. Green for “Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.”
The Green’s gift is one of six eight-figure donations received by the campaign that has already raised $118 million toward its goal of $250 million. In recognition of their generosity, the newly redesigned hospital lobby will be named the Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby, officials said.
Community leaders who’ve already pledged financial contributions to the hospital’s growth and expansion plan include Christine E. Lynn, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Richard and Barbara Schmidt and Elaine J. Wold, the latter a close friend of hospital founder Gloria Drummond.
“I am honored to have served on Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Corporate and Foundation Boards of Trustees for many years and privileged to be part of a leadership team that has helped guide us to become one of the area’s premier medical centers,” said Louis B. Green. “We are steadfastly committed to the promise made more than 50 years ago by Gloria Drummond, and know, though we have come so far, there is so much yet to accomplish. We are determined to be part of that future.”
The Greens have supported many of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s patient care initiatives such as women’s health and cardiac care and community projects, among them, the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University. They have often served as the chairs for the annual hospital ball and as honorary chairs of the most recent ball in January 2019.
Anne has been one of the honorary chairs for the Go Pink luncheon for many years and Louis served on the Board of Trustees for both Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Hospital Foundation.
“The Greens are inextricably linked to the hospital, part of our family in every way,” said Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Their spirit and commitment have been palpable well beyond this campaign. We thank the Greens, true leaders in our community, and true champions in bringing our vision to fruition.”
The $250 million campaign was officially launched at a Jan. 15, 2019, press conference at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute on the hospital campus.
The massive project features several key components. The new 180,000-square-foot, seven-story patient tower is the centerpiece. The tower will feature an expansion of the surgical suites, an inviting patient lobby and three floors set aside for future growth.
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute will make targeted staff and capital investments over the next five years in all neuroscience programs with an emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumor, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders.
In the existing hospital building, all 400 rooms will be converted to private units and a 20-bed observation station will be added. A 972-car parking garage will also be built.
These investments, hospital leaders say, are the initial steps toward an even broader vision for the campus by adding more access points and even more specialties.
“We stand at the threshold of an extraordinary future for Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Fedele, “one born of a powerful and visionary long-term plan.”