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Baptist Health Foundation Hosted a Celebration of Generosity benefiting Bethesda Hospital

March 2, 2023

Baptist Health Foundation hosted a Celebration of Generosity benefiting Bethesda Hospital

PALM BEACH, FL - March 2, 2023 - Nearly 200 guests attended the Celebration of Generosity benefiting Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital on February 24, 2023 at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. Hosted by Baptist Health Foundation, the event honored members of its Giving Society and other donors to Bethesda Hospital.

The Celebration of Generosity featured a cocktail hour, seated dinner, dancing to a live band and more. Speakers included Jared Smith, newly appointed CEO of Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital; Alex Villoch, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation; and Barbara James, VP of Baptist Health Foundation.

“Now more than ever, we understand how important high quality, compassionate healthcare is to each and every one of us,” said Alex Villoch, CEO of Baptist Health Foundation. “I am so thankful for the incredible Bethesda Hospital team, who work tirelessly to care for our friends, families and neighbors. This community understands the impact of generosity and we are truly grateful for your commitment to the Foundation and Bethesda Hospital.”

Donations made at the event, which totaled more than $400,000, benefited the Bethesda Hospital Emergency Services Campaign to renovate the Emergency Department at Bethesda Hospital East. We are working to modernize the Emergency Department into a first-class facility that will meet the growing needs of our community,” said Barbara James, VP of Baptist Health Foundation. “This renovation will be fully funded by the generosity of our Bethesda Hospital community.”
The Celebration of Generosity honorary host committee included Mary Blum, Dawn Edwards, Barbara Lucas, Betty Anne Schilling, Julia Shen-Sivitilli and Roberta Stokes. Gold sponsors included Brenda Medore and Leanne Adair and SCP-Health. Silver sponsors included Aramark Healthcare, Barbara and Ben Lucas, Mary Ann and Mark Ronald, Betty Anne and I.E. Schilling, Julia Shen-Sivitilli and Robert Sivitilli and Lisa and Bert White of Raymond James. Bronze sponsors included Bethesda Pathology Group, Christine and James Berick, Clara and Jack Caldwell, Barbara Crowley, Dawn Edwards Salon, Marlene and Richard Hazard, Bob Lapin, Pam and Mike McCarthy, Karen and Glenn Rogers and Margie and Bruce Warwick.

Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that comprises two campuses, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. Bethesda Hospital offers comprehensive services, including: a nationally recognized orthopedic total joint replacement program; cardiovascular care; cancer care; vascular, endovascular and robotic surgery; and women’s and children’s services. With roots in Palm Beach County since 1947, Bethesda Hospital has continued to work to improve patient care and enhance the well-being of the community through the generosity of its residents.

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. 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 and connect with us on Instagram and Facebook.

About Baptist Health 
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 26,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 150 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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