Lakeland Regional Health Foundation Launches $5 Million Pavilion Charitable Giving Public Campaign

Lakeland, FL – On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation announced the start of the public phase of its campaign supporting the programs and services of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children located on the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Campus. The campaign is expected to conclude in September 2019.

The campaign is led by Sarah Dukes McKay and her co-chairs, Paul and Lynn Noris. Of the Pavilion, Mrs. McKay said, “Lakeland Regional Health’s leaders, facility and medical staff are all of the highest quality. This project greatly enhances medical care for patients and families.” Mr. Noris added, “Families shouldn’t have to deal with the logistics we dealt with during Lynn’s illness and the early delivery of our daughter. Lakeland is a world-class community. It is time for this community to take the next step for the women and children in this area.”

Prior to the launch of the public campaign phase, $46.5 million was raised to help fund the Pavilion. Lakeland Regional Health Chief Executive Officer and President of the LRH Foundation, Dr. Elaine C. Thompson, said, “To my knowledge, this is one of the largest capital campaigns undertaken in our area. We are humbled and thankful that so many wonderful people are choosing Lakeland Regional Health as their charity of choice, advancing the future of healthcare for those we serve. With the support of such generous benefactors, we are confident that we will have great success raising the last $5 million for this project.”

“The philanthropic support of our donors is key to our continued investment in the health of our community,” said Timothy Boynton, Lakeland Regional Health Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We are grateful for the many donors who have already stepped forward to stand with us creating this transformational healthcare destination. We are excited to welcome many new donors into the Lakeland Regional Health family through this campaign.”

The Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children will include approximately 350,000 square feet of inpatient and outpatient space on the south side of the Medical Center Campus. The facility addition was planned after conducting extensive community research on needed healthcare services and was designed with input from patients and families and from physicians, nurses and clinicians providing care. The project brings urgently needed, world class healthcare services to Polk County, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to reduce the number of semi-private rooms on the Medical Center Campus.

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health is committed to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. Contributions to the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation provide for advances that keep Lakeland Regional Health on the leading edge of clinical programs, services and technology.

For more information about giving and naming opportunities, please contact Tim Boynton at 863.284.1553 or via email at


About Lakeland Regional Health Foundation

The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation was created as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1971 to support Lakeland Regional Health’s work to deliver nationally recognized healthcare, strengthen the health of the community and advance the future of healthcare for those it serves. 100% of all donations are invested in clinical programs, facilities, and equipment used to care for patients. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health Foundation, visit


About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit located within the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.