Ho$pital, Home To $cores If Not Hundreds Of COVID Deaths, $till Plans Mask Optional, Vaccine Optional Brunch, Awards Ceremony.
CA$H BEFORE CARE?
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A spokesman for Baptist Hospital System finally responded to requests from BocaNewsNow.com to explain why the hospital is holding a “mask optional” and “vaccine optional” fundraiser that involves close, personal contact, food, and an awards ceremony.
Actually, spokesperson Michael Maucker avoided all of our questions, but did acknowledge — after several weeks of our asking — that the hospital has heard of COVID but still plans to host a mask-optional fundraiser.
“Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Foundation are actively monitoring the COVID-19 case numbers, and will ensure proper safety protocols and event format based on the circumstances at the time of the event. We have various contingency plans in place and will provide updates based on the current CDC guidelines as the event nears.”
Maucker did not respond to follow-up questions, or provide explanation as to why the hospital, where scores — and some suggest hundreds — of people died from COVID-19, would host a potentially unsafe event.
As we’ve reported several times over the past several weeks, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation is hosting an event at Boca West Country Club. While the golf event is outside, the “dinner” and “awards ceremony” will be held in a “luxury” tent. Multiple people connected to the event say the tent has walls, and is not any safer than holding an event in a basement.
One employee contacting BocaNewsNow.com said there is a feeling among staff that Baptist is putting money over intelligence by promoting an event where masks and vaccines are optional.
“This is a hospital where mask optional, vaccine optional people come to die,” said a hospital employee confidentially to BocaNewsNow.com. “Why in God’s name are we supporting a mask optional, vaccine optional event?”
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation President Mark Larkin did not respond to a request for comment from BocaNewsNow.com. His emailed newsletters are routinely forwarded to BocaNewsNow.com with comments like, “is this guy kidding?” and “how is this okay for a hospital?”
Asked another reader, “why don’t they just ask for money this year instead of holding an event where people could, in fact, contract COVID and need the services of the hospital that is trying to raise money?”
Honorary Chairs Stan Berry and Jerry Glassman, and co-chairs Amy Ross and Judi Larkin also did not respond to requests for comment. Their individual positions on mask use or vaccines is unclear.
BocaNewsNow.com has not yet ascertained whether Boca West, or its homeowners, could face liability issues should the event lead to verifiable COVID spread.
“I’ve lived in Florida a very long time and seen some very stupid things,” said another professional associated with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “This is one of the dumbest things that I can remember. A hospital holding a mask optional event, in South Florida, just as COVID numbers are starting to decline. Seriously?”
The event is set for October 18th.
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