Boca Raton Regional Hospital has reached its agreement with Baptist Health and hired a CEO from the company.
Lincoln Mendez will succeed Jerry Fedele when Fedele retires in August. The announcement came Friday with news of the agreement that will govern the relationship after what amounts to a merger of the organizations.
Mendez has been CEO of South Miami Hospital, which Baptist owns, for nearly a decade. In 2014, the Minority Chamber named Mendez its CEO of the Year.
Fedele came to Boca Regional in 2008, when its finances posed an existential threat. The hospital will end his tenure in a strong position. Mendez’s priorities will be to implement the merger and complete a capital program that includes a renovation of the current inpatient tower, a new tower and a parking garage.
Boca Regional’s search for a partner began in mid-2017. Like Boca Regional, Baptist Health is a nonprofit. The company owns 10 hospitals and 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities.
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