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Celebrating 50 Years of Service – Debbie-Rand

Memorial Service League

By Arthur Dermer, Volunteer

	 Last month I used this                                                         Participants in Therapy Dog program at BRRH                         over five decades
space to give a brief history of
the volunteers at Boca Raton                                                     enabled the volunteers to provide visitors more rapid information   ago when a few
Regional League (BRRH)                                                           regarding patients.
from 1962-1976. This second                                                      	 By the end of 1986, The DRMSL had over 1,700 members              residents gathered
installment reviews the history                                                  including 735 active volunteers. That year alone, the League’s
and significant role of the                                                      activities netted $897,000 and it gave the hospital a gift of       to raise money
volunteer League (DRMSL)                                                         $900,000.
from 1976 to 1986, years of                                                      	 From 1962, when the League was formed, through 1986,              for a hospital
rapid growth and expansion.                                                      the DRMSL donated more than $12 million to the Hospital and
As the hospital grew, additional                                                 provided more than 4,200,000 hours of volunteer service. The        has become a
space was acquired. In 1984, the League purchased a $2.5                         dollar value of those 4,200,000 hours calculated at the present
million building adjacent to the Hospital property. Years later,                 minimum hourly wage would exceed over $30,000,000 - (30             magnificent reality,
the League presented the Hospital with the 25,000 square-foot                    million). That money has purchased a very large amount of
facility which eventually became the home of what is now the                     equipment and services. Boca Raton and its residents can be very    said Jerry Fidele,
Women’s Center and the Center for Breast Care.                                   proud of the service provided by the volunteers to the Hospital.
	 During those years the                                                         	 In recent years the Hospital’s clinical expertise, technology     President and CEO
number of volunteers grew                                                        and unique programs in such areas as oncology, cardiovascular
to over 800. They opened a                                                       disease, women’s health, emergency medicine and the                 of Boca Raton
snack bar and grill, expanded                                                    neurosciences have garnered national recognition for its quality
the Thrift Shoppe and began a                                                    of care. The Hospital also serves as the primary teaching site for  Regional Hospital.
“bingo in bed” program which                                                     Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine and General
instantly became a hit with                                                      Surgery Residency Programs. This program greatly expands            “It is still growing,
patients. In 1982 a new service                                                  services to patients in the hospital.
called “Tender Loving Care                                                       	 This year the Hospital celebrates its 50th year of service to     innovating, saving
(TLC) was introduced in the                                                      our community. What the founders of the Hospital envisioned
Surgical Waiting Area. The                                                                                                                           a n d e n r i c h i n g BRRH volunteers from Boca Pointe
TLC volunteers were carefully
trained and served as a liaison                                                                                                                      the lives of our - Vince Loscalzo, Phyllis Sachs and
between the patient’s family L o u i s e M o r re l l M . D .
and the operating and recovery Director of Oncology at                                                                                               residents.”            Marg DeLayo
room staff relaying information BRRH
about the patient’s progress to                                                                                                                      	 As a long-time
the family. A year later the TLC program was introduced into
the Emergency Room. That same year computer technology                                                                                               resident of Boca Pointe and a volunteer, I am very proud of
arrived at the Lobby Desk (Information and Reception). Over
100 volunteers were trained in the use of this equipment which                                                                                       the accomplishments of the Hospital. In a coming issue of

                                                                                                                                                     Viewpointe, I will fill you in on the major expansion plans of

                                                                                                                                                     the Hospital which will put BRRH in the vanguard of medicine

                                                                                                                                                     today.

                                                                                                                                                     	 If you would like more information about serving as a

                                                                                                                                                     volunteer, please call the volunteer office at 561-955-4098. 

                                                                                           Attention Dog Owners

                                                                                 It is your responsibility to pick up after your dog. It’s the law.
                                                                                     Please keep our Boca Pointe Community beautiful!

Dr. Kathy Schilling, Director of the Womens Center at BRRH
and patient

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