The agreement finalizing the creation of a teaching hospital at FAU was finalized by the Board of Trustees and the Boca Raton Community Hospital Board last month. Construction is expected to begin in 2008, with completion projected for 2011.
The new hospital will serve as the primary teaching hospital for the regional campus of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU. Approximately 38 acres of land, located on the southeast corner of FAU’s Boca Raton campus near the Florida Atlantic Blvd./Glades Road intersection, will host the 530-bed hospital. It will support undergraduate and graduate medical education programs customarily found at primary teaching hospitals within major academic medical centers. The facilities will include resident/student conference rooms, a conference center with teleconferencing capabilities including an auditorium and small group conference rooms, resident sleeping quarters with lockers, resident dining facilities, a resident lounge, a medical library with state-of-the-art IT systems and increased square footage in other areas of the hospital to accommodate students and residents.
“This historic agreement between FAU and Boca Raton Community Hospital will allow for academic endeavors that will move this University toward even greater prominence,” said President Brogan. “It will not only benefit the University’s faculty, staff and students, but also provide important programs and services for the general community we serve.”
The hospital will provide a number of benefits to students, faculty and staff, including a site for education, opportunities for FAU scientists to obtain extramural research funding, new residency training programs and a state-of-the-art practice site for physicians.
The teaching hospital is being designed to be one of the safest hospitals in America and will incorporate elements that will help staffers perform their jobs more precisely and with fewer errors. John Reiling, a nationally renowned expert in building hospitals to the highest safety standards, recently joined BRCH as project manager to oversee the planning, design and construction of the new facilities.
Unlike other medical schools planned in Florida, this public-private partnership initiative by Boca Raton Community Hospital, FAU and the University of Miami will not rely on state money to fund the new hospital and teaching facilities, which are estimated to cost $638 million. Instead, Boca Raton Community Hospital plans to utilize existing assets, operational funds and community contributions.