FUNDRAISING OVER THE COMMON SENSE HOSPITAL, SCENE OF COVID DEATH, SET FOR MASK OPTIONAL, VACCINE OPTIONAL FUNDRAISER.
BAPTIST HEALTH WORKER “INSULTING TO DOCTORS, NURSES.”
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health and hosts a mask optional, vaccine optional fundraiser.
BY ANDREW COLTON | Editor Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton Regional Hospital is not commenting on its decision to host a “mask optional” and “vaccine optional” fundraiser.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been the site of a few hundred COVID-19-related deaths. The Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health System “Foundation”Late last week, the event was promoted.
BocaNewsNow.com requested comment from the foundation’s Mark Easton, listed as the event’s contact. He did not respond. Michael Maucker, spokesperson at Baptist Health, did not respond. Baptist Health Corporate Officials did not respond to our requests for comment.
The October 18th event includes golf, cocktails, and more “awards dinner to follow”Stan Berry and Jerry Glassman are listed as honorary chairs. Amy Ross and Judi Lerkin are listed among the co-chairs.
“This is insulting to the doctors and nurses who have been tirelessly working for more than a year and a half to save the community,”One ER worker, who requested anonymity, said that staff are shocked by the fundraiser. “How can we tell people to wear masks and get the COVID vaccine when our hospital is promoting an event where neither are required?”
Boca West Country Club is the beneficiary of the fundraiser.
In an email blast, earlier this month, the message stated that vaccines were being considered. masksThese are “encouraged”Or “recommended”They are not mandatory.
“Please Note: Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Foundation are actively monitoring the COVID-19 case numbers. Based on the recent significant increase throughout the state of Florida, we are strongly recommending that attendees of our in-person events receive the COVID-19 vaccinations. In addition, we encourage the use of masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have various contingency plans in place and we will provide updates as needed. At Boca Regional, health and safety is always our top priority.”
This prompted a hospital worker’s to say the following: “If health and safety are truly the hospital’s top priority, this event wouldn’t be taking place. It’s almost like Baptist is seeking more patients.”
Florida’s COVID-19 has caused the deaths of more than 48,000 people.
Baptist Health also includes Boca Raton Regional Hospital (Bethesda Hospital East), Bethesda Hospital West (Bethesda Hospital West), and Lynn Cancer Institute.
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