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June 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 12

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida Sign Definitive Agreement to Finalize Affiliation

Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida announced on May 24, 2019 that they have signed a Definitive Agreement regarding a strategic partnership between the two organizations. This agreement solidifies their plans for affiliation, which is expected to be completed by early summer.

Both Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health are not-for-profit organizations with a long history of compassion and commitment to the communities they serve.
 
“We are excited about this significant step in the journey we embarked on in 2017. The agreement was enthusiastically endorsed by a unanimous vote of our Board, and we are looking forward to continuing with Baptist Health on the path toward elevating the healthcare we provide for our communities,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Our organizations share similar cultures, values and expectations for excellence that are essential for a great partnership that is focused on increasing access to high-quality care across South Florida.”
 
In addition, officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced the appointment of Lincoln S. Mendez as its new chief executive officer following the retirement of Jerry Fedele in August of this year. A seasoned and accomplished healthcare executive, Mr. Mendez comes to his new position after serving as chief executive officer at South Miami Hospital, part of Baptist Health.
 
During his tenure, South Miami Hospital earned national accolades for its quality, innovation and clinical excellence. South Miami Hospital also witnessed significant growth in its facilities, technology and programmatic offerings. Mr. Mendez is also well-respected by Board members, physicians, employees and his peers.
 
“Mr. Mendez provides the depth of experience and executive skill sets that are tailor-made to lead Boca Regional in its continued ascent to becoming one of the premier, tertiary academic medical centers in Florida,” said Christine E. Lynn, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board Chair. “We are supremely confident in his ability to continue the most positive momentum and trajectory of our Hospital that was established and sustained by Jerry Fedele.”
 
“Our collaboration has reinforced our common vision for carrying out our mission of delivering compassionate, exceptional care to our patients and families,” said Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health. “Baptist Health has grown strategically in recent years to meet the needs of our communities, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to completing our much-anticipated affiliation with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With Lincoln’s leadership, we believe this partnership will be mutually beneficial to our respective organizations and, most of all, for the many people we serve across four counties.”
 
In December 2018, 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. After issuing a Request for Proposal and receiving responses from some of the nation’s foremost healthcare systems, Boca Regional narrowed its list of suitors to five in the spring of 2018 and then selected Baptist Health South Florida as its preferred partner.
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