Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Celebrates Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign Continued Success and Grand Opening of the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion

November 17, 2023
BOCA RATON, FL – November 17, 2023 – On a day reserved for celebration and acknowledgment, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, commemorated the significant ongoing success and milestones of Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital with the grand opening of the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, made possible by the efforts of campaign leadership over the last five years. 

A reception and program acknowledging donors and leaders, campaign achievements, and tours of the new pavilion punctuated a joyous atmosphere as the medical pavilion ushered in the next phase of distinctive healthcare in the region.  

“We are so proud of all we’ve achieved, and enormously grateful to all those who helped make this happen,” said Lincoln Mendez, North Region Executive, Baptist Health and CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “This journey began nearly a decade ago, laying out plans for the largest expansion project in the hospital’s history, valued at more than $1 billion in investments to transform our campus. Along the way, we launched the Keeping the Promise campaign and more than 1,300 philanthropic gifts later, we exceeded expectations for fundraising goals with $270 million raised thus far, helping us launch a future of unprecedented sophistication in medical care.” 

Among those on hand for the event, in addition to Mr. Mendez, were Toby and Leon Cooperman, Keeping the Promise co-chairs, Stanley Barry, Christine E. Lynn, Barbara Schmidt, Richard Schmidt, countless campaign donors along with physicians representing some of the key service lines to be offered at the Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, including Dr. Anthony Miniaci (Orthopedics), Dr. David Taub (Urology), and Dr. Andrew Ross (Colorectal Surgeon).

“We are measured by what we give away, not what we earn,” said Mr. Cooperman, who made an historic $25 million gift to Keeping the Promise and has pledged at least half of his wealth to charity. “It is our honor to play a role in this vision, the future of healthcare here in Boca Raton. The Medical Arts Pavilion will be a great complementary feature on this medical campus. The people of our community deserve the best possible healthcare available, and we are honored to join many others who have helped make this a reality.”

The Coopermans are noted and enduring philanthropists who have made extraordinary gifts to multiple organizations.  These have included Hunter College in New York City, Columbia University, St. Barnabas Medical Center, Jewish Family Services of Boca Raton, and the Sinai Residences Retirement Community of Boca Raton.  They have also launched the Cooperman College Scholars Program, and the Cooperman Family Fund for a Jewish Future.  Leon was recently inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Society for having overcome his humble beginnings to achieve success on Wall Street and for his commitment to philanthropy. 

“Toby and Leon Cooperman are part of a special group with me and several others who made eight-figure gifts to Keeping the Promise,” said Christine E. Lynn, Board Chair of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.  “Long-time supporters such as Elaine J. Wold, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Richard Schmidt, Barbara Schmidt, Louis B. and Anne W. Green, Bernie and Billi Marcus, Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom, and others have also joined in partnership to form an overwhelming coalition of people seeking to make this dream a reality…and they have succeeded.”

The multi-level Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion provides a convenient location for outpatient procedures such as same-day surgical care, diagnostic and preventive procedures. A freestanding facility, the pavilion is home to the Baptist Health Orthopedics Institute and houses medical specialty clinics and physician offices along with an Ambulatory Surgery Center featuring operating rooms and endoscopy suites.  In addition to the Coopermans, multiple donors came forward with gifts specifically targeted to the pavilion, including Dr. Gail Rubin-Kwal and Richard Kwal, Debra and Michael Coslov, Anita and Norton Waltuch, Jane and Dick  Roberts, the Marc J. Leder Foundation, Joel and Beverly Altman and the MacCutcheon Family Foundation. 

The Keeping the Promise capital campaign was the largest in the hospital’s history and supported more than $1 billion in capital investments.  In addition to the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, the re-imagined campus features the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower, a new Critical Care Tower, an expansion of the critically acclaimed Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, new surgical suites, renovation of the existing facility to create an all private patient room environment, and more parking with the addition of the Schmidt Family Parking Facility and Eleanor R. Baldwin Parking Facility.

“Today we celebrate this wonderful fundraising accomplishment and the grand opening of this magnificent pavilion,” concluded Mendez.  “But we are not finished paving the way for the next generation of medicine.  We continue in our planning efforts in order to stay ahead of a fast-paced healthcare environment. As always, we invite our family and friends to join us in partnership and travel that next journey with us.”

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, over 26,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
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