Baptist Health South Florida announced the completion of its partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With this, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is now operating as part of Baptist Health South Florida.
 
The new partnership ensures both not-for-profit organizations will continue to meet their mutual missions and commitments to elevate healthcare within the communities they serve in an area that reaches across four South Florida counties.
 
“Our organizations share the same calling to improve the health and well-being of individuals and to deliver compassionate healthcare to our patients at the highest standards of excellence and safety. We foresee an exciting future at Boca Raton Regional Hospital that will cement its title as the preeminent healthcare provider in the community,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health.
 
In May, Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced the appointment of Lincoln S. Mendez as its new chief executive officer to succeed Jerry Fedele when he retires in August. Mendez formerly was CEO at Baptist Health’s South Miami Hospital in Miami-Dade County.
 
In 2017, Baptist Health merged with Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West in Boynton Beach. With the addition of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, it brings the number of Baptist Health hospitals to 11.
 
In December, Baptist Health and Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced they had signed a letter of intent to form a partnership. Boca Raton Regional Hospital first announced its intent to seek a strategic partner in 2017. Boca Regional narrowed its list of suitors, including some of the nation’s foremost healthcare systems, to five in the spring of 2018 and selected Baptist Health as its preferred partner.
 
“Establishing our partnership with Baptist Health represents an important milestone in the history of Boca Regional,” said Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “It is one that continues the positive momentum and trajectory of Boca Regional as the premier healthcare provider in South Florida.”