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Boca Regional Hospital Proceeds With Mask Optional Event, Many Question

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Baptist Hospital System Not Answering Questions About Optics, Impact Of Mask Optional, Vaccine Optional Fundraiser.

NURSE: “Baptist Cares About Money, Not Your Health.”

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital is hosting a “mask optional” fundraiser. More than 53,000 people have died in Florida from COVID-19.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — In a move that seemingly places money in front of safety, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is moving forward with plans for a mask optional fundraiser which incudes dinner, dancing and awards.

The event, set for October 18th at Boca West Country Club, is being overseen by the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. Promotional material states masks are optional and vaccines are optional. We first reported on the event several weeks ago.

BocaNewsNow.com reached out to Baptist Health Spokesperson Michael Maucker to ask why the hospital — where many in Boca Raton died and continue to die from COVID-19 — would use a mask-optional event to raise money. He didn’t respond.

Also not responding to our requests to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation: Honorary Chairs Stan Berry and Jerry Glassman, and co-chairs Amy Ross and Judi Larkin. Their individual positions on mask use is unclear.

Medical personnel from Boca Raton Regional Hospital continue to raise concern to BocaNewsNow.com.

“We have been working around the clock for a year and a half to fight COVID,” said an employee. “Now our hospital is taking stupid, stupid measures to raise money. It shows where Baptist’s priorities are.”

“This is offensive,” said another. “We have been watching people fight for life, and often lose that fight, for 18 months. We need to people wear masks and be vaccinated. It is unbelievable that a hospital is promoting a mask optional event. What are they thinking?”

Baptist Health runs several hospitals in the region, including Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.

It’s unclear why Baptist is supporting a mask optional, vaccine optional fundraising event as the CDC reports 53,105 people in Florida have died from COVID-19.

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