Baptist Health Foundation

Baptist Health Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from Carl DeSantis Estate

February 16, 2024
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – February 16, 2024 – Baptist Health Foundation announced that Carl DeSantis has left a planned gift of $1 million in support of Bethesda Hospital, part of Baptist Health.  The donation will help fund the renovation of the Emergency Department at Bethesda Hospital East.

Mr. DeSantis, who passed in 2023 at age 84, was born in Massachusetts and raised in Florida. He was a successful entrepreneur involved in the creation Sundown Vitamins (later known as Rexall Sundown) and Celsius Holdings.

DeSantis and his family turned to Bethesda Hospital for care for many years. His appreciation for the hospital and its staff led him to support the renovation of the Bethesda Hospital East Emergency Department with the planned gift, in service to his community. 

“We are so honored to have had the long partnership with Mr. DeSantis over the years,” said Kimberley Trombly Burmeister, Senior Director of Development of Baptist Health Foundation. “We are grateful for this impactful gift that will assist with our Emergency Department renovation campaign and get us that much closer to our fundraising goal.”

An important part of Baptist Health’s commitment to Palm Beach County residents is providing high-quality emergency services 24 hours a day. Bethesda Hospital’s team of experienced emergency-trained physicians, specialists and nurses all work together to deliver multi-disciplinary care with a compassionate, patient-focused approach. Baptist Health’s initiative to modernize the Bethesda Hospital East Emergency Department will elevate it into a first-class facility, helping the hospital meet the growing needs of the community and assist its emergency medicine team in providing a high level of care to its patients.

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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