Boca Raton Regional Hospital could seek strategic partnership or merger

Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced on Monday that it will explore a “strategic partnership” with another health care provider — a process that could result in a merger or acquisition.

The 400-bed nonprofit hospital has been one of the most successful in South Florida at raising funds for expansion, having established the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, the Lynn Cancer Institute, and the Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute. It has also grown its physician network, opened urgent care centers, and established an academic partnership with the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine.

“By any metric, we have evolved into one of the outstanding healthcare providers in the state of Florida,” BRRH Chair Christine E. Lynn said. “Yet, there is another level to which we aspire and a partnership with a provider who shares in our mission, culture and goals will accelerate our ability to reach our full potential.”

The hospital’s board formed a steering committee to evaluate such opportunities. It will be led by Dick Schmidt, a former chair of the hospital board.

The process includes exploring the possibility of a merger or acquisition with a local, statewide or national health care provider, said BRRH President and CEOJerry Fedele. However, the hospital would remain a nonprofit and not become part of a for-profit company, he added.

“Most not-for profit community hospitals embody the essence of their community and Boca Raton Regional is the premier example of a hospital born out of community need and supported by philanthropy and volunteers,” Fedele said.

Forming a strategic partnership would mitigate the challenges of a stand-alone organization, increase its access to capital, and allow it to develop nationally recognized clinical programs, he said.

Fedele previously told the board he would retire at the end of August 2018.

BRRH is one of the few stand-alone nonprofit hospitals remaining in South Florida. Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach is set to merge with Baptist Health South Florida later this year. Jupiter Medical Center is also a stand-alone nonprofit. For-profit hospital chains HCA and Tenet Healthcare Corp. control the majority of hospital beds in Palm Beach County.

Ariana Grande Does What Trump Can’t

For a few hours on Sunday, Ariana Grande, a 23-year-old pop star from Boca Raton, Florida, was the leader of the free world. The position has been open for months. Contestants ranging from German chancellor Angela Merkel to, improbably, Chinese President Xi Jinping have been auditioning for the job.

Two weeks after 22 people were killed and more than 60 injured in a terrorist attack at her “Dangerous Woman” concert in Manchester in the U.K., Grande returned to the city to hallow the ground and soothe the survivors. In the process, she rededicated her generation to the proposition that all men — and women, most definitely women — are created equal.

While President Donald Trump gutter-tweeted argle-bargle and played another round of golf, Grande delivered what will likely stand as the official American response to the bombing in Manchester and to another terrorist attack, the night before the concert, in London.

Her hastily organized “One Love Manchester” benefit concert rejected fear and bitterness. Time and place, along with a leavening of good will, were sufficient to elevate sugary pop songs to public anthems. Watching the concert streaming online, it was obviously more than a good time. Tears flowed. So did joy. Yet it might also be that a good time is among the most powerful collective responses to jihadist nihilism.

Grande didn’t just replace Trump on the world stage for the day, she subtly refuted him, offering a face that was brave and kind in the wake of terror while accomplishing several useful goals — raising money for victims, bolstering courage and making the attacks look both puny and pointless. Whatever the terrorists had hoped to produce in Manchester, it certainly wasn’t this party.

Benefit concerts have a long pedigree. The history tells us something. The original, the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York, was organized by George Harrison in 1971. The performers were all male. Grande’s concert, taking place on the same weekend that the female-directed “Wonder Woman” broke the $100 million barrier at the box office, was a potent showcase for young women.

Trump’s dull-witted sexism

, his white-male-only photo ops and the cultural reaction that he both champions and embodies can’t turn back the wave that Grande and company are riding. Trump defeated one woman last November; he can’t defeat them all.

Boat with 750 pounds of marijuana intercepted off Boca Raton coast

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Six people were taken into custody Saturday after a boat with 750 pound of marijuana was intercepted by the Coast Guard off the coast of Boca Raton.

Officials said a Coast Guard cutter conducted a safety boarding of a 35-foot sport fisher about 11 miles east of Boca Raton.

As the cutter crew came alongside the vessel, they saw a package being jettisoned overboard, which was later recovered by a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale crew.

The cutter crew discovered an additional 17 bales and three packages aboard — seizing about 750 pounds of marijuana.

Aboard the intercepted vessel were three Bahamians, two Jamaicans and one Guyanese.

“This interdiction is a direct success of our focused efforts to defeat these transnational criminal networks,” said Cmdr. Willie Carmichael, acting chief of enforcement for Seventh Coast Guard District said in a news release. “Our newest fast response cutters have proven critical in defending our maritime border, which these criminal organizations seek to exploit.”

The Coast Guard says they are constantly patrolled the waters between the Bahamas and Florida to detect, deter and stop drug smuggling.

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Boca Raton to open waterfront park at former Wildflower nightclub site

After a fierce six-year debate, more than 2 acres of concrete slab in downtown Boca Raton is on its way to becoming a park.

City Council members this week officially re-designated the former Wildflower nightclub site as a public park Monday. The move is the realization of a public movement that sparked a referendum in November and caused the city to scrap plans for a restaurant at the site.

“It’s a slow-turning ship to get everything done,” Boca City Council member Andrea O’Rourke said. “But it’s happening, it’s in the works and we’re looking forward to that.”

O’Rourke helped push for the referendum last year that caused the change of plans for the property at 552 E. Palmetto Park Road.

Now, the city is working on adding some upgrades before the site is completely redesigned. Plans include rebuilding the sea wall abutting the Intracoastal and putting in a walkway underneath the Palmetto Park bridge to connect the property to Silver Palm Park.

“These are elements that will be included in whatever plan comes to fruition, and the permitting takes time, about six to nine months, so we wanted to get those things in place first,” said Boca spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.

Boca Raton firm sees mad scramble as foreign investors attempt to beat deadline to get green cards

BOCA RATON, Fla. – From hotels to restaurants, foreign investors have made their mark in South Florida. In some cases, investors earned American citizenship through their investment.

Now leaders in Washington, D.C. are debating how to move forward with the EB-5 program as it is set to end next Friday.

Just like fresh ingredients make the perfect meal, the right pieces have to come together to form a successful investment.

When Alex Rudolph took the Tap42 concept from Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton, foreign investors were part of his recipe.

They’re not just paying for a green card, they’re investing in the business because they have faith in the business like we do,” Rudolph pointed out, adding his has personal relationships with his investors.

The program allows foreigners to fast track their green card by investing at least $500,000 in American projects that create a minimum of 10 jobs.

Families from Vietnam, India, Argentina, and Italy have all expressed interest in partnering with Rudolph. Many of his partners frequent his restaurants. Locations in Coral Gables and Midtown Miami were also funded through the EB-5 program.

“Restaurants, hotels, assisted living facilities, you see it all over Palm Beach County,” explained Lauren Cohen. She connects investors and businesses through her Boca-based company, e-Council, Inc.

Since the program is set to expire, Cohen said there is a mad dash from investors to find out what the future holds.

“Investors want to take advantage of the opportunity while it’s there,” Cohen said.

Critics argue the EB-5 program allows foreigners to buy American citizenship for their families and skirt traditional routes.

But Cohen said she believes EB-5 kept businesses pumping and Americans employed through the Great Recession.

“Projects need money and the country needs economic stimulation, that’s not going away anytime soon,” Cohen said.

She admitted the program could use reforms. It’s basic outline hasn’t changed since 1993. She expects Congress will extend the program at the last minute. And then increase the minimum amount the government requires investors to contribute.

Rudolph hopes Congress serves the program new life so he can open new restaurants. He has plans for two more locations. Each one would employ about 75 people.

“It’s a great opportunity for people from other countries to be able to live the American Dream, and also for us to get to interact and have investors from all over the world, as opposed to a bank giving us a loan, writing a check and saying, ‘We’ll see you later, good luck with your business,’ ” Rudolph said.

A spokesperson from Senator Marco Rubio’s office said Rubio supports the program, but would like to see changes to cut out abuse and fraud.

CHRIS SALAMONE

Boca Raton prepares for annual Boca Bash

On Sunday the party will be on Lake Boca. The annual Boca Bash is a grassroots gathering of people and their boats.

On Saturday boaters were busy prepping their boats for the Boca Bash event. Boca Raton Police and FWC will be out stopping boats.

Authorities will also be making sure captains have life jackets, flares and other legally required safety equipment.

Law enforcement will be out making sure people are being responsible and not boating under the influence.

The city does not control the event, however city leaders say they don’t mind if the event continues as long as people are safe.

“The city takes extra precautions to make sure that its safe. Boca Police and Boca Fire will be on hand along with the federal government. Boca has also closed down the boat ramp just to make sure that boaters can boat there just so that we don’t have people waiting to board boats to get into the lake,” says Councilman Scott Singer.

Rain is in the forecast and according to the event’s Facebook page, it could be rescheduled if the weather is too severe.

CHRIS SALAMONE

Holistic Organic Wellness in Boca Raton expands to a new location, bringing new wellness options to the community!

BOCA RATON, FL – 11 Apr, 2017 – Residents and visitors in Boca Raton now have an ideal place to go for relaxation, detoxification, skin care, and other wellness essentials. Holistic Organic Wellness (HOW) has expanded and moved to a new location in the center of the Boca Plaza on Federal Highway.

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The HOW center opened three years ago to bring healing modalities and natural products to those looking for an alternative or complement to conventional medicine, and to those wanting to enhance their mind and body wellness practices.

The unique HOW center is an oasis for finding peace and healing. They offer a range of holistic services and products for women and men of all ages.

The HOW center is hosting a wellness fair on Saturday, May 6th from 1–7pm. Demonstrations, educational talks, healthy food, and organic wine samples will be offered, as well as deeply discounted services available exclusively to attendees.

“We like to show people HOW to change their lifestyles one variable at a time,” explains Adriana Guardia, co-owner of the center. “Our clients come to us for high-quality, effective products. Others come to find relief from the stress of the daily grind and relax for thirty minutes in a footbath. From our customized facials and skin care products to seasonal cleanses and homeopathic sprays, our clients choose us because we provide a variety of tools without being overwhelming.”

Visitors to the HOW Center are greeted, and often surprised with the welcoming, comfortable environment not found in many high-end spas today. Customers view the HOW Center as a home away from home, and their own personal sanctuary regularly commenting that they feel relaxed just upon arriving to Boca Plaza.

Stephanie Cimino, a second generation certified Aromatherapist and Esthetician, co-owns the center with Guardia. Cimino has a wealth of knowledge on the topics of skin care, energy healing, personal empowerment, and whole-body wellness. Both she and Guardia are extremely passionate about holistic health and self-care, and they are equally passionate about educating others on integrating these practices in an achievable way.

“We combine science with spirituality,” Cimino shares. “By using expertise and intuition we are able to address individuals on a holistic level: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and energetically.”

The Holistic Organic Wellness center is a true retreat for those looking to detoxify, beautify, purify, and pamper. Services include ionic foot baths, customized facials, energy & chakra balancing, nutritional guidance, aromatherapy workshops, yoga classes, and so much more.

The center is now offering TEN DOLLAR THURSDAYS as the perfect opportunity for new clients to “meet the HOW girls”, sample services, and learn about Holistic Organic Wellness.

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Chris Salamone