Continuing its record of landing big gifts from philanthropists, Boca Raton Regional Hospital said Wednesday that it received a $25 million donation.
The gift comes from Johnson & Johnson heir Elaine J. Wold of Boca Raton and a nonprofit affiliated with her, the Bay Branch Foundation.
The donation is among the largest in the hospital’s history. In recent years, the hospital also has landed a $75 million gift from the late Richard Blackman and $25 million from Bernie Marcus, the former CEO of Home Depot.
Wold’s gift will be used for a $260 million expansion of the hospital. New construction is slated to include a seven-story patient tower, an intensive care unit and a parking garage.
While Wold bought naming rights, the tower will be named not for the philanthropist but for the late Gloria Drummond, who crusaded to found the hospital after her two children were poisoned to death in 1962.
The latest gift reflects the nonprofit hospital’s strong ties with area residents, said Chief Executive Jerry Fedele.
“The community really has a feeling of ownership of the hospital, unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else in the United States,” Fedele said.
The hospital generates revenue of about $500 million a year.