Marla and Steve Garchik Make Generous Gift to Boca Regional’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign
BOCA RATON, FL – December 6, 2022 – Marla and Steve Garchik have generously gifted $1 million to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Steve is the founder of The Garchik Family Foundation, which was started in memory of his father. Marla is an active board member of the Foundation.
The Garchiks’ gift brings the Keeping the Promise total raised to more than $240 million toward its goal of $250 million. There have been a remarkable 1,101 commitments to the campaign since its inception.
Marla and Steve only moved to the area 11 years ago, but during that time as permanent residents, they have made multiple visits to Boca Regional for their parents’ care. For that reason, they both feel very close to the hospital and its mission to provide the highest level of healthcare in South Florida.
“From the moment we walked through the doors, we believed you can truly feel this is a community-driven hospital,” Marla explained. “The staff and facilities are a step above. Honestly, we feel so lucky to have found this special place of care for our family members. The hospital is critical to the care of our community. For generations to come, this hospital promises to provide stellar healthcare to the greater Boca Raton region. We’re grateful to the extraordinary nurses, doctors, the foundation and the community outreach of the hospital. Therefore, our promise is to do everything in our power to support this special place. We are honored and proud to support the foundation and the other donors who are keeping the promise.”
Marla is a philanthropist and the founder of Peace Love Solve, a lifestyle brand that spreads awareness, acceptance, kindness and inclusion for children and adults on the autism spectrum. She is also an Advisory Board member for Autism Speaks (Washington, DC and Palm Beach Chapters) and an Advisory Board member of the Charlie Fund. Steve is the President of SJM Partners Inc., a Commercial Real Estate Development firm based in Delray Beach, Florida. The Garchik Foundation has issued numerous grants and gift dollars primarily to hospitals (curing diseases), to education for underserved communities, as well as donating an endowed professorship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“The future development of Boca Raton Regional Hospital is progressing at such an incredible pace because of donors like Marla and Steve who recognize and appreciate our vision to be the preeminent regional leader in healthcare delivery and the hospital of choice for patients, physicians, employees and volunteers,” states Lincoln Mendez, North Region Executive for Baptist Health and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
“With four children and five grandchildren, the Garchiks recognize the need for great healthcare not only now but for our future generations. Donors like Marla and Steve are essential to the long-term success of the hospital,” explains Stan Barry, chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and co-chair of the Keeping the Promise campaign. “They understand that the hospital cannot thrive without the support of our philanthropic friends and residents.”
The $250 million Keeping the Promise campaign is the largest campaign in the hospital’s history. It is supporting the most ambitious period of growth and expansion for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. 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 retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary 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. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is underway with an emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system and epilepsy/seizure disorders.
In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units. The 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the main hospital once construction is complete. Also included in the plans is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, to be located across the street from the hospital with an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and additional parking. These investments are the initial steps toward an even broader vision for the campus with greater access points and even more specialties.
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, over 26,000 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.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com.