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Baptist Health Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift from Local Philanthropists Ken and Dee Meeks

July 17, 2019

Ken and Dee Meeks continue tradition of community service and philanthropy

Ken and Dee Meeks Wellness Center - Photo 1MIAMI, FL – July 15, 2019 – With immense gratitude, Baptist Health Foundation has announced a gift of $1 million from Ken and Dee Meeks to support the construction of a 10,000-square-foot medical office building, which will be named the Meeks Health & Wellness Center.

“We are so grateful and excited to be able to start the process of building planning and development thanks to this generous contribution,” said Rick Freeburg, CEO, Mariners Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Meeks have supported Mariners Hospital for nearly 20 years, with their first gift in 2000. Mr. Meeks credits Mariners Hospital for being instrumental in saving his life by transferring him to another Baptist Health facility during a heart attack.

“We just love Mariners Hospital. It’s such an integral part of this community, and with the addition of the new Health & Wellness Center, we will be able to provide even more services for our community,” said Mr. Meeks.

Ken and Dee Meeks are members of the Giving Society, Baptist Health Foundation’s Donor Recognition Program, at the President’s Circle level.


About Baptist Health Foundation
The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at

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