By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the medical school at Florida Atlantic University marked milestone anniversaries during 2018.
FAU commemorated the 20-year anniversary of the financial gift that led to the creation of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, which admitted its inaugural class of 64 students in 2011.
BRRH celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, a 98,000-square-foot building opened in 2008 and which houses the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI) – one of the largest cancer management centers in Florida that treats an estimated 4,000 newly diagnosed patients each year.
FAU’s medical school, located on the Boca Raton campus, hosted a special dedication ceremony and reception to mark the transformational gift of $15 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation. The donation, matched by the state, created the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science in 1998 and launched the medical school 13 years later.
The university also honored benefactors Barbara and Richard Schmidt along with philanthropists Lisa and Michael Kaufman and Charles H. Hennekens, MD, Dr.Ph.H., the first Sir Richard Doll professor and senior academic advisor in FAU’s medical school, for their recent gifts.
The Kaufmans’ contributed $250,000 for the “Lisa and Michael Kaufman College of Medicine Lounge,” on the first floor of the medical school’s main building. The space provides an engaging environment to foster collaboration and community building.
Hennekens’ gift of $200,000 created the “Hennekens Library and Technology Hub in Honor of Sarah K. Wood, MD.” This center provides medical students with an innovative library and technology resource.
Hennekens serves as a mentor to Wood, now the senior associate dean for medical education in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine.
At BRRH, officials and guests noted how the $73 million Sandler Pavilion was made possible through a historic $20 million lead gift from Harvey and Phyllis Sandler and other community philanthropists.
The Sandler Pavilion is staffed by 24 board-certified physicians, including four radiation oncologists and 16 medical oncologists, 21 registered nurses and more than 100 support staffers.
The first floor features BRRH outpatient imaging and radiation oncology. The second floor houses its Center for Hematology-Oncology, chemotherapy services and an infusion center. The third floor includes multimodality clinics, surgical oncology practices, cancer genetics, administrative offices and conference areas.
The building also hosts a variety of wellness and survivorship programs and cancer support groups and classes.
A distinguishing characteristic of the Sandler Pavilion is its multimodality of clinics that eliminates patients’ need to travel from physician to physician in different locations. The clinics at the LCI bring the entire medical team to each patient at one site.
“Establishing the Sandler Pavilion was a transformational event in the evolution of our cancer program,” said Louise Morrell, MD, medical director of the LCI. “Through its design and expanded services, we have enhanced our level of care and established ourselves as one of the premier cancer centers in Florida.”