According to The Sun Sentinel, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is getting ready to expand, planning to add a seven-story building and to ensure patients have private rooms.
To make it a reality, the hospital is starting to raise funds, with three pledges already agreeing to pitch in $35 million. It’s part of a campaign not quite ready to begin but aimed at raising $260 million, said Mark Larkin, CEO of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.
The hospital still has some semi-private rooms that don’t allow for private family visits, he said.
The money will be used for the 278,000-square-foot hospital addition that will expand private patient rooms, but not add to the 400-bed capacity.
“We want to move toward all private rooms,” he added.
The new addition will be added to the main hospital at 800 Meadows Road, turning it into an L-shaped building, Larkin said.
Also according to The Sun Sentinel, Boca Regional expects to use philanthropy, financing and cost cutting to pay for the expansion, Larkin said. A task force to investigate a potential partnership with other medical providers was announced in June and is seen as another source of funding for the expansion.
“This is an enormous undertaking. We have a lot of questions and one is how generous will the community be in this project,” Larkin said.
“We have a track record for completing projects and we need to expand,” Larkins said about the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, the Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute and the Marcus Neuroscience Center for brain and nervous illnesses.
A 972-stall garage is planned for the southeast corner of the complex, next to Spanish Oaks and across a canal from Tunison Palms on Northwest Seventh Drive.
Also, according to The Sun Sentinel, lawsuits were filed against the hospital by neighbors objecting to how close the building would be to their homes. “This is on hold,” Dan Sacco, the hospital’s vice president for strategic affairs, said about the garage.
Larkin said the initial donors are:
— Christine E. Lynn, chairwoman of the hospital’s board of trustees, $15 million.
— $10 million each from immediate past board chairman Richard Schmidt and his wife Barbara; and Marilyn and Stanley Barry. He is chairman of the foundation board.