Bermans give $1M to Boca Hospital for redevelopment plan

912
Sandra and Malcolm Berman donate $1 million to Boca Regional Hospital. Photo courtesy of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Staff report

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has received a seven-figure donation from Sandra and Malcolm Berman to support “Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.”

“Sandra and Malcolm represent the best of Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, the hospital’s CEO. “They have been active philanthropically with us for nearly 20 years, and understand the value of their partnership with the hospital and how it benefits the people of our community. We are deeply grateful for their support.”

The “Keeping the Promise” effort has already raised $163 million toward its goal, thanks to the leadership gift by the Bermans combined with the financial backing of other community philanthropists.

In recognition of Sandra and Malcolm’s generosity, the new elevator lobby on the first floor in the new patient tower will be named in the Bermans’ honor.

The Bermans have been beneficiaries for several organizations in their hometown of Baltimore and the surrounding area. The couple established the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Charitable Foundation there years ago, and Sandra continues to serve as president.

“We are thankful they believe in our long-term vision, and share in our spirit, passion and organizational mission,” said Christine E. Lynn, chair of the BRRH Board of Directors.

The $250 million “Keeping the Promise” campaign is the largest fund-raising effort in the hospital’s history. It supports major campus redevelopment plans including, at the centerpiece, a new patient tower featuring all new surgical suites, an inviting patient lobby and all private patient rooms.

The Marcus Neuroscience Institute expansion is underway. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units. A new 972-car parking garage opened recently and will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower is complete.

Also included in the plans is a new medical arts pavilion with an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and additional parking.

“Our healthcare in Boca Raton, and that of our family and friends, is a significant motivation in our giving to this extraordinary organization,” said Malcolm Berman. “Sandra and I care about this community and want to be part of this next generation of groundbreaking innovation and care.”