Published On: Wed, Jun 7th, 2023

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Celebrates Another Seven-Figure Gift to the  Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign 

Dr. Gail Rubin-Kwal and Richard Kwal have made a seven-figure gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The gift will be acknowledged with the naming of the fountain featured outside the Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical  Arts Pavilion.  

“We cannot overstate our gratitude to the Kwals for this gift to our capital campaign,” said Lincoln  Mendez, North Region Executive, Baptist Health and CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “An incredibly generous gift like this will make a big difference for our hospital and having it come from someone on our medical staff is profound. Gail and Richard have been loyal and generous supporters for more than 20 years. They are family, and we so appreciate their partnership with us through Keeping the  Promise.” 

Boca Raton has been home for Gail and Richard for the past 34 years. Here, they raised their family, and  Dr. Rubin-Kwal quickly became a strong and vital member of the hospital’s Emergency Medical team.  Today, she feels honored to continue serving with distinction at Boca Raton Regional Hospital for more than three decades as an Emergency Medicine physician. Dr. Rubin-Kwal also holds a teaching position  

at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Schmidt College of Medicine. She believes all patients should be treated with respect and dignity and receive the highest quality medical care. It is through their gift that this legacy should continue.  

Dr. Rubin-Kwal’s commitment to the mission and vision of Boca Raton Regional Hospital is underscored by her participation as a board member of the Hospital Foundation. In addition, she is currently a director of Sinai Residence in Boca Raton, and executive board member of the South Palm Beach Jewish  Federation.

Richard Kwal is founding partner and chief tax professional of Kwal + Oliva CPAs since 1981 with offices in Boca Raton and Miami, specializing in individual, fiduciary and business tax matters, estate gifts and trusts, business and personal planning. He is also a national board member of the Friends of the  Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), South Palm Federation Foundation board member, Co-President of the  South Palm Beach/Broward chapter of the FIDF, and Gail.  

“Our relationship with the hospital is strong and indelible,” said Dr. Rubin-Kwal. “We’re part of a great history here, and we are inspired by the hospital’s future. Richard and I know that the community support is so steadfast to Boca Regional, and we feel it’s important to be a part of this commitment,” Dr. Rubin Kwal further explains.  

The Kwal’s generosity to the hospital is legendary. In 2011, after the passing of a beloved Boca Regional surgeon, Dr. David Wulkan, Gail and Richard established a scholarship fund in his name that benefits  FAU medical students and residents with annual grants. Such is Dr. Rubin-Kwal’s reputation among her peers, Gail and Richard launched a challenge grant gift that resulted in a significant amount of additional donations from Boca Raton Regional Hospital physicians. 

“They are not simply major donors, they are woven into the fabric of Boca Raton Regional Hospital,”  said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “We are proud to count them as family members,  friends, peers, and loyal supporters of our efforts. We remain in their debt.” 

The Keeping the Promise Campaign continues to surge thanks to Dr. Gail Rubin-Kwal and Richard Kwal and the ongoing generosity of the Boca Raton community. With the $250 million goal now reached, the hospital continues seeking community support to meet the increasing healthcare needs of the growing patient population.  

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 completed with an emphasis on neurovascular/stroke,  central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower 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 and will be home to our Orthopedic Institute with an outpatient surgery center and physician specialty offices, all opening in the fall of 2023.

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