Schmidts donate $5 million to Boca Regional
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation has received a $5 million gift from Barbara and Dick Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation for the Marcus Neuroscience Institute.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute will serve as a state-of-the-art center of care for neurologic and neurosurgical patients and will transform the landscape of clinical capabilities available in the region. The Institute was established with a recently announced gift from Billi and Bernie Marcus and the Marcus Foundation.
The Schmidt gift will be used to construct a new 52,000-square-foot addition to the hospital which will house the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, and be named the Schmidt Family Pavilion. It will contain a 22-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down unit, two dedicated operating rooms equipped with intraoperative MRI, and the latest technology.
“We believe the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is the most important new development in healthcare in South Florida,” said Dick Schmidt, who has just completed his tenure as two-term chairman of the hospital board of trustees.” It will serve as a destination for expert neurological care from the finest physicians and clinicians coupled with the most advanced technology. The Marcus Neuroscience Institute will transform the lives of many patients suffering from memory and movement disorders, as well as other neurological conditions.”
The Schmidts announced the gift at the Foundation’s Philanthropy Guild Reception, held annually to recognize the hospital’s most generous donors. During his final remarks as hospital chairman, Dick Schmidt presented the check. “We are so appreciative of the Schmidt family’s commitment to the hospital,” said Jan Savarick, president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.
The Schmidt family has a multi-generational legacy of support for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Dick Schmidt’s parents, Charles and Dorothy Schmidt, were early contributors to the effort to build the hospital in the mid-1960s. He and his wife Barbara and the Schmidt Family Foundation have given several philanthropic gifts to the Lynn Cancer Institute.