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September 8th, 2020 Baptist Health South Florida

The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands Donate $1 Million in Support of Boca Regional’s Keeping The Promise Capital Campaign

BOCA RATON, FL – September 8, 2020 – The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands, have made a joint $1,000,000 gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This gift is one of 32 seven and eight-figure gifts received by the campaign that has already raised nearly $165 million toward its goal.

“The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands only recently joined our family at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “They immediately embraced our culture of healthcare and philanthropy, as well as our vision for the future. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with the Sands Family and we are deeply grateful for their support.”

Members of the Sands family have utilized Boca Raton Regional Hospital during the last few years, and gratitude for their care was the catalyst for the gift. This gift will name a Hybrid Operating Suite, a part of the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, and will be constructed in the new Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Surgical Services.

Rob Sands is executive chair of Constellation Brands, a leading total beverage alcohol company founded in Canandaigua, New York, where the Sands family originally hails from, and their foundation has been an active supporter in the areas of healthcare, education and the arts.

“Donors such as the Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands are gratifying to all of us raising money for the campaign, and everybody at the hospital.” said Stan Barry, chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and co-chair of the Keeping the Promise campaign. “They can immediately see the impact of their support in the value of our work, our partnerships, and our future.”

In addition to their support of the campaign, the Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands have committed to be the title sponsor for three years for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Golf Tournament, benefitting the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing. The Sands Family Foundation also underwrote the 2019 inaugural Glow Red Golf Tournament to benefit the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute.

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 plans for 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 recently opened 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.

“My parents set a wonderful philanthropic example and instilled in us the importance of giving back to support your community,” said Rob Sands. “It is a tradition, that as a company and as individuals, we continue to uphold. I hope our contribution inspires other philanthropic gifts to Boca Regional in this fundraising effort.”

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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 an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds, 2,800 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in Oncology, Cardiovascular Disease and Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine and the Neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). BRRH is recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 – 2021 Best Hospitals listing as a Top Ranked Regional Hospital, for the sixth consecutive year, and the highest ranked hospital in Palm Beach County. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a part of Baptist Health South Florida.


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