Bikur Cholim of SPBC is a not-for-profit service organization that provides assistance to individuals undergoing medical care in South Palm Beach County. Our mission is to minimize the physical and emotional pain of the sick and their families. We strive to think creatively and proactively to provide relief for those in medical need in our community.
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OUR SERVICES INCLUDE
Medical Equipment Gemach
To alleviate the financial pressure and hassle involved in renting medical equipment, Bikur Cholim of SPBC offers an array of medical equipment free of charge for short or long term use.
Our gemach includes: wheelchairs, crutches, knee scooters, commodes, walkers, shower equipment and more.
Bikur Cholim of SPBC established and services Shabbos rooms in the West Boca Medical Center and the Baptist Health Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Our Shabbos rooms provide a private room and bed for Shabbos sleepover guests.
Additionally, the rooms serve as a kosher pantry accessible throughout the week, with a fully stocked refrigerator and freezer, microwaves and a hot water urn, available for both patients and their visitors. Other items found in the Shabbos rooms are various religious items and assorted Jewish books.
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For reservations for Shabbos accommodations, contact the hospitals directly.
For Baptist Health Boca Regional Hospital, contact Chaplain Misti: 561-955-2740
For West Boca Medical Center, contact Evan Karp: 561-488-8261
For patients who will spend Shabbos in the hospital, Bikur Cholim supplies a Shabbos box, which includes: Challah, a Challah Cover, Grape Juice, a Kiddush Cup, Battery Operated Tea Lights, a placemat, Havdalah Spices and a Shabbos Treat.
We maintain relationships with local physicians who can check on our hospital patients to ensure they receive optimal care.
Additionally, our Patient Advocacy service helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers and aids them in navigating the complexities of the medical system.
Our knowledgeable physicians, and their large network of local colleagues, allows Bikur Cholim to provide a valuable referral service that guides patients to appropriate physicians in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area.
To help diminish the loneliness of a hospital stay, Bikur Cholim arranges visits from our dedicated volunteers for patients in our local hospitals.
“It’s truly heaven sent”
I want to express my sincere appreciation for all that is done to provide an incredible Bikur Cholim room in Baptist Health Boca Regional Hospital. My husband unexpectedly went to the ER Monday early afternoon and there was little time to prepare. Throughout the 4 days, it was so wonderful to have a place to sit and just rest a bit. The room is so warm, beautiful and so fully equipped with so many items! It’s truly “heaven sent”.
My heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to those who do such a selfless Mitzvah.
Bikur Cholim of South Palm Beach County was established in 2002 by Mr. Stan Smith a”h. Stan was an extraordinary individual with a big heart and a bigger vision. Embracing orthodoxy together with his wife, Joy, at a later age, Stan never shirked when he encountered challenges in his life. Indeed, at age 62, Stan retired from his position as sales manager at a chemical cleaning supplies company because it conflicted with his newfound commitment to Shabbos observance. In September 2001, the Smiths moved from Cleveland to Boca Raton where Stan quickly became active in the community.
Of Stan’s greatest achievements was the founding and maintaining of the Bikur Cholim of SPBC. With signature passion and diligence, he created an organization to serve as emotional support for all hospital patients in South Palm Beach County.
Over the years, Stan recruited and trained numerous volunteers in the art and skill required of bikur cholim (visiting the sick). It was also at Stan’s initiative, and together with the efforts of Miriam Alexander of the Yehuda Memorial Foundation, that the Hospitality Suite and Shabbos Room in Boca Regional Medical Center was first established in 2011.
Stan’s caring and devotion to visiting patients in their most vulnerable times is legendary. He deeply believed in the power of prayer and ended each hospital visit with a gentle offer to recite Psalms 21 and a prayer for healing together with the patient. Many times, he was called in the middle of the night to recite viduy with a dying patient.
Today, Bikur Cholim of South Palm Beach County services patients of West Boca Medical Center and Baptist Health Boca Raton Regional Hospital, as well as the medical needs of anyone in the area free of charge. In addition to maintaining the Shabbos rooms, their services currently include: Hospital Visitation, Medical Referral, Patient Advocacy, a Medical Equipment Gemach and provision of Shabbos Boxes.
All donations appreciated
Bikur Cholim of South Palm Beach County is a non-profit organization that relies on kind donors for our financial support. Please contribute so we can continue to carry out our mission – that of selflessly serving the medical needs of our community.
Volunteer for our Bikur Cholim
Our volunteers are an integral part of our organization. At Bikur Cholim of SPBC, we are always on the lookout for dedicated and compassionate individuals whose values align with our mission of assisting patients and their families navigate often stressful medical journeys.
Checks can be made out to:
BIKUR CHOLIM OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY
PO Box 880126, Boca Raton FL 33488-0126
Bikur Cholim of South Palm Beach County Inc. is an IRS approved 501(C)3 exempt organization. Tax ID #20-2143379