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Baptist Health Foundation Hosts an Evening of Gratitude Benefiting Bethesda Hospital

January 23, 2024

PALM BEACH, FL - January 23, 2024 - Over 150 guests attended the Evening of Gratitude benefiting Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, which was held on January 12, 2024 at the OPAL Grand Resort & Spa in Delray Beach. Hosted by Baptist Health Foundation, the event honored members of its Giving Society and other donors to Bethesda Hospital.   

With Emily Pantelides as the evening’s emcee, the event raised nearly $400,000 towards the Bethesda Hospital Emergency Services Campaign to renovate the Emergency Department at Bethesda Hospital East. The Evening of Gratitude featured a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live auction, live band and more. Speakers included Alex Villoch, Baptist Health Foundation CEO; Joe Natoli, Baptist Health executive vice president and chief administrative officer; Barbara James, Baptist Health Foundation vice president and Jared Smith, Bethesda Hospital CEO.

“The Emergency Department is often the front door of the hospital for many in our community.  Patients and their families depend on the expert care of our emergency medicine physicians, nurses and staff, as well as our equipment and technology,” said Barbara James. “As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of donors to Baptist Health Foundation to help support world-class, compassionate care, close to home.”

Added Alex Villoch, “Now more than ever, we know how important high quality, compassionate healthcare is to each and every one of us. Our community understands the impact of generosity and we are truly grateful for their commitment to the Foundation and Bethesda Hospital.”

Presenting sponsors of the event included Mary Blum and Brenda Medore. Silver sponsors included Accountable Care Hospitalist Group, Barbara & Ben Lucas, Pam & Mike McCarthy, Mary Ann & Mark Ronald and SCP Health. Bronze sponsors included Dawn Edwards, GED LAWYERS LLP, Diana & Bill Jayne, Betty Anne & I.E. Schilling and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Bethesda Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that comprises two campuses, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. The 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 that date from 1947, the Foundation raises awareness and secures funds to assist Bethesda Hospital in improving patient care and enhancing the well-being of the community.

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 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned institutes specializing in cancer care, brain and spine care, heart and vascular care and orthopedic care. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and The Baptist Health PineApp, 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 is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn.



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