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Jupiter Medical Center's New Surgical Institute Marks Milestone with Topping Off Ceremony

JUPITER, Fla.– With the late afternoon sun as the backdrop, Jupiter Medical Center leadership, lead donors and construction partners gathered to witness the placement of the final structural beam for what will soon be the Johnny and Terry Gray Surgical Institute. The topping-off ceremony signifies progress for the construction project, which broke ground less than one year ago and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

The highly anticipated 90,000-square-foot Surgical Institute will feature 16 smart operating rooms and two hybrid operating suites. Through the community’s generous support, $52 million has been raised towards the $100 million project. In December, the not-for-profit hospital announced a transformative $25 million lead gift from Jupiter-based philanthropists Johnny and Terry Gray to name the institute. The Grays joined the hospital’s leadership team and others in signing the beam before a crane raised it into place. Their gift is complimented by other seven-figure gifts from The Mastroianni Family Foundation, Michael and Elizabeth Ruane, Steven and Kathrine Pinard, Joseph and Barbara Charles and Nelson and Nathalie Ferreira.

“This is a significant milestone for the Surgical Institute, but also Jupiter Medical Center as a whole,” said Amit Rastogi, MD, MHCM, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, who has been leading the independent hospital through a period of growth and transformation. “Jupiter Medical Center continues to be at the forefront of medicine with cutting-edge technology and world-class physicians. Our expansion plans are designed to ensure our growing community will continue to have access to the highest quality health care.”

The development of the Surgical Institute is in direct response to the significant growth of the community and corresponding patient volumes. More than 15,000 traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures are performed at Jupiter Medical Center annually.

The facility’s “smart” operating rooms will accommodate complex surgeries, while the hybrid suites offer surgeons the ability to transition from a minimally invasive surgery to an open procedure, enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes. The “operating rooms of the future” will use state-of-the-art equipment that is digitally integrated. The surgical team will be able to access and transmit a patient’s images from the operating room to additional specialists for real-time consultation, resulting in a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to care.

In addition to advanced operating rooms, the Institute will provide a spacious reception area for loved ones along with private consultation rooms to meet the surgeon before or after a procedure. Recognizing the importance of real-time communication, leading-edge technology will be integrated into the Institute’s design, providing seamless updates from the care team to a patient’s family.

“We are incredibly grateful and energized by the support of our donors, especially Johnny and Terry Gray, who have given generously to this project,” said Traci Simonsen, Interim Chief Philanthropy Officer of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “The community's support can be felt when you walk through our halls and connect with our medical team. It is truly something special.”

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