Boca Regional receives another large donation for Keeping the Promise campaign


Staff report

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a few million dollars closer to fulfilling its $250 million goal for its Keeping the Promise… The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Jean Blechman, co-founder of Twinlab Corporation, committed $3.5 million to the cause.

Her donation will 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. “We are very appreciative of her generosity.”

The $250 million campaign is the largest in the hospital’s history. The campaign is supporting plans to reimagine the hospital campus, shaping the future of world-class medical sophistication that Boca Regional envisions.

The project includes construction of the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower, the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, an expansion of the critically acclaimed 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.

This won’t be the only area of the hospital bearing the Blechman name. Blechman is a longtime supporter of the hospital and she named the Jean & David Blechman Center for Preventive Cardiology.

She has a special interest in supporting cardiology programs at the hospital. She felt for many years that cardiac care for women was badly neglected. Consequently, it became known that cardiac disease is the number one killer of women, which is still true today.

With this fact it mind, Jean felt it was very important to provide a service that would educate women on the prevention of cardiac disease.

As co-founder of Twinlab Corporation, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of nutritional supplements, she long believed in the importance of exercise, vitamins, eating well and taking responsibility for her own health.

Jean and David founded Twinlab in 1966 with one product. Mr. Blechman was fond of saying, “Jean and I started Twinlab with one protein formula and a dream.”

With their five sons, Twinlab eventually had three manufacturing facilities and 300 products sold in over 30 countries.

Jean also named the Jean & David Blechman Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in the main hospital; the Jean & David Blechman Cardiac Catheterization Unit in the main hospital; the Jean & David Blechman Waiting Area in the Women’s Institute; the Jean & David Blechman Conference Center in the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute; and the Jean & David Blechman Care Center in the Wold Family Center for Emergency Medicine.

Jean prefers to support causes that she feels a personal connection with, whether it is children’s health programs, hospice, cardiac care or women’s health.

“Knowing that I’ve been able to improve people’s lives is my greatest pleasure in life,” she said. “Having a good hospital in our community is a necessity, and by supporting Boca Regional philanthropically, I’m also doing something for myself and my loved ones. People in the community stop and thank me, and I am so pleased and proud to hear that.”