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Hospital parking and new chamber app announced at breakfast

The new parking garage at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is officially open. And Boca Chamber has launched a new app.

That’s the news out of Boca Chamber’s monthly breakfast, drawing 230 members and guests to a packed ballroom in the Boca Raton Marriott.

The 927-space Schmidt Family Parking Facility opened Monday, hospital CEO Lincoln Mendez announced Thursday.  “We want to see how many people still want to valet,” he added in his State of the Hospital presentation.

The new mobile app for IOS and Android devices can be downloaded at the APP store or Google Play store. Type in The Boca Chamber, instructed Chamber president and CEO Troy McLellan. There’s a how-to webinar at 2 p.m. Feb. 20.

Lynn University’s 14 Future Leaders of Tomorrow received certificates for completing the program modeled after Leadership Boca. Lynn’s career and alumni director Barbara Cambia was there with the students. “The program exposes students to the business community,” McLellan said.

Lynn University Future Leaders of Tomorrow with Barbara Cambria on the right.

The Chamber’s BLU-PAC has endorsed Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer in the March 17 presidential preference primary election, he added.

Baptist Health South Florida’s Michelle Oyola McGovern introduced Mendez, who took over for retiring hospital CEO Jerry Fedele July 1.

“He dove in headfirst,” she said about tackling the UnitedHealthcare contract standoff since resolved.

Mendez said he’s from the Bronx, lives in Coral Ridge, and he and his wife America have a Cuban background. He’s been a hospital exec for years, mostly in Miami.

Mendez introduced the hospital’s master plan that includes a new central energy plant and a patient tower, among other buildings and expansions.

Deby Goldfarb got a shoutout as chamber ambassador of the year. Chamber chairman Michael Daszkal thanked Boca Raton Regional Hospital FoundatioDDen for sponsoring the breakfast. ADT’s corporate affairs director Bob Tucker emceed.

Please keep Parkland in your thoughts, hospital v.p. Brian Altschuler said in the invocation. He referred to the Feb. 14, 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School fatal shootings of 17 people including students.

By Marci Shatzman

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