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New Medical Arts Pavilion Meets Future Needs of Boca Raton Community


In a significant milestone for Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s expansion plan, the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion has opened to patients.

The 64,000-square-foot facility is one of the cornerstones of the $660 million construction and renovation program for the hospital, which is part of Baptist Health. This is the largest expansion initiative in the history of the hospital with a total of $1 billion in overall reinvestments.

Thanks to the inspiring generosity of donors, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation surpassed its $250 million fundraising goal to support improvements at the hospital. The Foundation’s Keeping the Promise campaign has received more than 1,300 donations — gifts ranging from $10 to $25 million.

“As we transform Boca Regional’s campus, we are shaping this community’s very future,” says Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation President Mark Larkin. “Our patients believe in us. They rely on us when they and their loved ones are at their most vulnerable. Their high expectations and confidence are reflected in the stunning success of the Keeping the Promise campaign.” 

The new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an integral part of the hospital’s expansion plan, which includes a $660 million construction and renovation program. Video by Alcyene de Almeida Rodriguez.

Just across the street from the hospital, the Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion vastly expands the hospital’s clinical capacity. It includes an outpatient ambulatory surgery center as well as physician offices for orthopedics, urology and gastroenterology. For many patients, it offers a more convenient alternative for outpatient procedures such as same-day surgical care, diagnostics and preventive procedures.

“This state-of-the-art facility will provide room to grow as we expand our clinical specialties and attract new world-class medical providers to our already outstanding staff,” says Lincoln Mendez, the hospital’s CEO and North Region Executive for Baptist Health. “It will allow us to house new breakthrough technology and facilitate further investments in equipment that can improve health outcomes.”

The facility’s namesakes, Toby and Leon Cooperman, are philanthropists focused on making a lasting impact on health, education and the arts. Additional donors who helped make the building possible include Dr. Gail Rubin-Kwal and Richard M. Kwal; Debra and Michael Coslov; Anita and Norton Waltuch; Jane and H. Richard Roberts; the Marc J. Leder Foundation, Inc.; Amy and Mike Kazma; and Robert and Hope Sheft.

In addition to the Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, Boca Regional’s visionary expansion and renovation project will impact healthcare in Palm Beach County for years to come, according to Mr. Mendez. The updated facilities will provide every comfort for patients, such as all-private rooms that exceed today’s safety standards, he says.

And there’s more to come, Mr. Mendez promises, including the expansions of Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute; the addition of high-tech operating rooms; advancements in emergency medicine; and new clinical space for a wider range of specialties. A new central energy plant, to be completed this spring, will house energy-efficient utilities and provide expanded emergency power capabilities to the entire hospital campus, he adds.

Although the Keeping the Promise campaign goal has been exceeded, the Foundation’s fundraising is ongoing to meet the increasing healthcare needs of Boca Raton, according to Mr. Larkin, who says that gifts support new technology; research; the purchase of equipment; programs to serve the community; and much more.

“Our campus is still a work in progress, but achieving each new construction milestone is reason to celebrate,” Mr. Larkin says. “Each day, we take another step into the future as we become an even bigger and better Boca Regional.”

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