Shovels in the ground starting in March for Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s first major renovations since opening in 1967.
A 1,000 space parking garage will go first and expected to take a year, CEO Jerry Fedele announced Tuesday. Then comes a new seven-story patient tower with private patient rooms and surgical suites. The existing building will be modernized.
The hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute staff and programs will grow to meet the demand. The expansion is expected to take three to five years. “We have a 52-year-old facility… and we’re stressed to capacity by the success growth created,” Fedele said. “This is our largest initiative in our history.”
Boca’s philanthropists gave the campaign a kick start, collectively donating more than $115 million raised. The goal is $250 million, said hospital foundation chairman Stanley Barry. Hospital board chair Christine E. Lynn, Dick, and Barbara Schmidt, Elaine Johnson Wold, Stanley and his wife Marilyn, and Annie and Lou Green are also major donors.
A video showed hospital founder Gloria Drummond breaking ground 52 years ago. Drummond raised the money to build the hospital after her two children were poisoned. They died before they could be treated elsewhere.
Wold wanted the hospital’s rehab and the new patient tower named for her late friend, Fedele said.
By Marci Shatzman