John and Jean Gerson Make $1 Million Gift in Support of Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign

Extraordinary Commitment by First-Time Boca Raton Regional Hospital Donors

BOCA RATON, FL – June 3, 2021 – Boca Raton residents John and Jean Gerson have joined a long but exclusive list of seven-plus figure donors to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital with a commitment of $1 million. The Gersons’ gift brings the total raised for the campaign to $207 million, surging toward a goal of $250 million.

“The Gersons are first-time donors to the hospital, so there is no way to describe how grateful we are for their belief in this project, our vision, and Boca Regional,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We welcome them to our family and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them as our future takes shape right in front of us on campus.”

John Gerson is the President at KII Telecommunications based in Boca Raton, Florida, which consists of multiple leading U.S. and multi-national companies in the business of wireline, wireless, and cloud-based offerings. Prior to that, John served as the Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Paladin Realty Partners. John also held the position of CFO at Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. for fifteen years.

“We are delighted the Gersons have joined our family of campaign donors,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “Many new donors are moved and compelled by the momentum of the campaign, the sophistication of the medical care we increasingly demonstrate here, and our enormous commitment to the future of healthcare in the area. To engage as a seven-figure donor is a testament to their trust in that future.”

Keeping the Promise is the largest campaign in Boca Raton Regional Hospital history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion ever.

The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. Also included in the plans is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Pavilion, to be located across the street from the medical campus with an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and adjacent parking. These investments are the initial steps toward an even broader vision for the campus with greater access points and even more specialties.

“We want to participate in this historic effort, and truly understand the need for the most progressive healthcare presence available in our backyard,” said Jean Gerson. “From what we’ve seen, this hospital will be a model for others in Florida and elsewhere.

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, nearly 23,000 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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