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It’s official as Boca Regional joins hospital network

Their pineapple logo is etched on the slider at the Christine E. Lynn women’s institute at Boca Raton Regional. So it’s official.

The hospital’s now part of Baptist Health South Florida.

But Boca Regional will keep its name and identity as the 11th hospital in their network, said Baptist president/CEO Brian Keeley.

“The name is so important,” he said at a reception to celebrate. Everyone’s as invested in their local hospital as they are here, he added. “They think it’s their hospital, too. That’s why we co-branded.”

All Boca Regional’s buildings will keep their name with smaller signage denoting Baptist Health South Florida, board chair Christine E. Lynn told Boca Voice.

Lynn said she will join Baptist’s trustees and her first meeting is July 30. Two Baptist Health members sit on Boca Regional’s board.

At the reception celebrating Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s joining Baptist Health South Florida were incoming CEO Lincoln Mendez, left, and Jerry Fedele, who will retire as president/CEO in August. Photo Courtesy Boca Raton Regional Hospital/Baptist Health South Florida

Boca Regional’s new CEO Lincoln Mendez was at the hospital at midnight Sunday when the merger became official, according to the network. He was expected at the reception Monday morning.

Current CEO Jerry Fedele is about to retire in August and waited until the merger was complete to bow out.

“We’ve had great success in the last 10 years. But we’re not standing still,” he said about a standalone hospital joining a network.

We want to continue what Gloria Drummond started, he added about the late hospital founder.

Drummond turned a tragedy into a legacy when she raised enough money to build a community hospital more than 50 years ago.

Her two children were poisoned and died before she could get them to care in Boynton Beach. Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West are already part of Baptist Health South Florida’s network.

Boca Regional recently renamed its renovated rehabilitation facility for Drummond. A new seven-story patient tower on the campus will be named for her, too.

By Marci Shatzman

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