$237 million raised to date with second gift from Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom for Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom have made another joint transformational gift to” Keeping the Promise…”-the Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Their latest generosity occurs as the campaign enters its final stages and allows them to join the elite group of donors in the Foundation’s Golden Guild.
The Sheetz and Lindstrom gift brings the Keeping the Promise total raised to more than $237 million toward its goal of $250 million including 43 donors who have given seven- and eight-figure gifts.
“The expansion and modernization of the Boca Regional campus is extremely important to the future of healthcare in this community. However, this vital initiative would not be possible without the philanthropic support of members of the community like Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “They have donated significant gifts twice. They have challenged others to match them, allowing us to gather and sustain philanthropic momentum. They have embraced the vision and mission of the organization and campaign at levels that far exceed most. We are eternally indebted to them as we near our $250 million goal.”
Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom are long-time supporters of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and were inspired by the Keeping the Promise campaign and the transformation of the campus. To add another level of philanthropy to their own giving, they generously created the Sheetz Challenge last year to raise funds in lieu of the Annual Ball that was postponed during the pandemic.
Their own campaign gifts have been acknowledged with the naming of the reception area in the new Gloria Drummond patient tower as well as the new food hall. “We have proclaimed all along during this extraordinary process and campaign that there is no alternative when great healthcare is at issue,” said Mr. Sheetz. Ms. Lindstrom added, “our goal is what everyone’s goal should be…do whatever you can to ensure that all of us, including our family members, friends, and community residents, have access to the best medical attention available.”
Bob Sheetz is the founder of Sheetz, Inc. a family-owned network of convenience stores with headquarters in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He founded the stores in 1952 when he purchased one of his father’s five dairy stores located in Altoona. Sheetz Inc has more than 700 locations across six states – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Uniquely, his family owns 90% of the company and the employees own the rest. Sheetz moved to Boca Raton in 1984.
Prior to his retirement, Bob was Chairman and CEO of Sheetz, Inc., a director at First National Bank and also at Island National Bank.
“It is with great affection and admiration we acknowledge the great commitment of Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom,” said Stan Barry, chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and co- chair of the Keeping the Promise campaign. “They are truly friends of the hospital and wonderful ambassadors for healthcare in Boca Raton. All of us in the area share an unparalleled level of gratitude for their commitment to the best health care for everyone in southeast Florida.”
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.
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.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction, and safety.