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Breaking news: Boca hospital names next CEO

Baptist Health deal moves forward

Lincoln S. Mendez will be the new CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the hospital announced Friday morning.

He’ll step in after longtime president and CEO Jerry Fedele retires in August. Fedele extended his retirement until after the hospital joins Baptist Health South Florida.

That moved closer when the two signed a definitive agreement, bringing the partnership one step closer, according Brian Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health. That’s expected to be completed early summer, the hospital announced today.

Mendez is CEO of South Miami Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “We are extremely confident in is ability to continue the most positive momentum and trajectory of our hospital established and sustained by Jerry Fedele,” board chair Christine E. Lynn said in a statement.

Naming Fedele’s successor is more than the usual CEO announcement in Boca. Fedele became a community leader.

Retiring hospital CEO Jerry Fedele

He chaired the Boca Chamber in 2015. He and his wife Terry are involved in nonprofits ranging from the George Snow Scholarship Fund to the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University.

Fedele took over in 2008 when the 400-bed hospital was nearing bankruptcy. It’s now on the brink of adding a new patient tower and other major amenities to expand the campus at 800 Meadows Road.

Under Fedele, a neuroscience center and women’s institute were added, the emergency room and rehabilitation center were renovated and expanded. The hospital partnered with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU as a primary teaching site for internal medical and general surgery residency programs.

By Marci Shatzman

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