The Winter Park Health Foundation’s multi-year $5 million gift supporting the construction of the Florida Hospital Centre for Family Medicine which houses the Family Medicine Residency Program in Winter Park was announced in a press conference and celebrated at a reception honoring WPHF Trustees on September 15 at the Centre.
A plaque honoring the WPHF trustees by name, placed on a column just outside the building entrance, was unveiled during the morning press conference. The event featured comments from Patty Maddox, WPHF President & CEO; Ken Bradley, Administrator for Winter Park Memorial Hospital and Mayor of Winter Park; Dr. Jennifer Keehbauch, Program Director, Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and Dr. Rebecca Gomez, a third year Resident/Chief Resident in the program, who also is a 2000 graduate of Winter Park High. She plans to practice locally when she completes her residency.
Four young doctors-to-be participated in a “white coat ceremony” designed to encourage them to pursue their big dreams. They were interviewed by WKMG Channel 6 reporter Laura Diaz and a report on the event was featured prominently during the 6 p.m. news program.
WPHF Trustees and spouses, staff members, community leaders and members of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Foundation Board gathered at the Centre for the late afternoon reception.
A children’s choir serenaded the group before the balloon-dotted board, hiding an indoor sign acknowledging the WPHF gift, was removed. Guests then had a chance to tour the new building which includes a second floor clinic, talk to the residents and visit with the physicians about programs and services.