Ena Kane Pledges $1 Million Gift to Boca Regional’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign
Mrs. Kane’s Generosity will be Recognized in the New Retail Pharmacy
BOCA RATON, FL – August 30, 2021 – Boca Raton resident and philanthropist Ena Kane has become the latest million-dollar donor to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Her $1 million gift is one of many seven- and eight-figure donors to a campaign that has already surpassed $210 million raised.
“Mrs. Kane is special to all of us here at the hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “She is a long-time donor who understands the nature of our campus initiative and wants others to benefit from her giving. Indeed, Mrs. Kane is an integral part of our Boca Regional family and we continue to be grateful for her participation and generosity.”
Ena Kane’s gift will be recognized in the naming of the retail pharmacy to be located steps from the main entrance on the first floor of the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower, one of the hallmark projects of the campus initiative and Keeping the Promise capital campaign. Mrs. Kane’s generosity includes prior gifts cumulatively totaling in excess of $500,000. Boca Regional has acknowledged this altruism with significant recognition, which is visible in the waiting area of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, as well as locations in the Emergency Department and in the Lynn Women’s Institute. Naming of facilities is particularly meaningful for Mrs. Kane, as her gifts have been made in memory of her late husband, Robert, and daughter, Odette, both of whom tragically died in a car accident in 2010.
“I love the hospital and all the people who have cared for me throughout the years,” said Mrs. Kane. “It comforts me when people tell me they’ve seen my family’s names in the various buildings and departments here. I am grateful for these opportunities to attach something positive to their memory. So, when the chance arose to utilize my resources to support the hospital’s efforts, I immediately called the Foundation.”
Robert and Ena Kane retired to Boca Raton some 30 years ago from New York. Odette followed them in 1995. Mrs. Kane has a rich and fascinating family history. She was born 1935 in Managua, Nicaragua to parents General Bartolome Viquez and Deyfilia Pollex Viquez. Her father was Commander-In-Chief of the Nicaraguan armed forces, as well as vice president, governor and senator in Nicaragua. He was even acting president at one time in 1974. Ena’s mother was the first woman Consul General of Nicaragua.
“Ena Kane is an inspiration to all of us,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “She has experienced life as part of an illustrious family in Nicaragua, has endured suffering, and then given so generously of herself so that others may reap the benefit of a new generation of medicine here at Boca Regional. We are so grateful to be a part of her life.”
The $250 million Keeping the Promise Campaign is the largest fund-raising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. Also underway is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion with outpatient surgery, physician offices and adjacent parking.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 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. 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.
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