Auxiliary Donates $1 Million to Jupiter Medical Center

JUPITER, Fla. – The Auxiliary of Jupiter Medical Center made a $1 million gift to support the new Anderson Family Cancer Institute which will begin construction in early 2018.

The Auxiliary is comprised of more than 600 volunteers who provide invaluable support including managing the hospital’s gift shop and off-campus thrift shop. Proceeds and donations from these sources are what allowed the Auxiliary to raise the $1M gift which will be recognized with the naming of the oncology boutique within the Cancer Institute.

While many retirees enjoy plenty of well-earned relaxation, others choose to spend their time volunteering. That’s the case for 73-year-old Penny Heidtke, President of Jupiter Medical Center Auxiliary. “At my age, you’re not really interested in going back to work, so volunteering is really a great way to spend your time. I was a patient at Jupiter Medical Center and had wonderful experiences with the volunteers. At that time, I realized I wanted to be part of the Auxiliary,” Heidtke said.

The Anderson Family Cancer Institute, a 55,000 square foot world-class research and cancer treatment center, where the boutique will be located will provide cancer patients with essential and common needs such as wig fittings and prostheses by trained professionals. “We are a not-for-profit medical center, with the generosity of our donors, including our very own Auxiliary, we are able to provide truly world class care,” said Liv Vesely, President, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.

The Institute was made possible, in part, by a $25 million-dollar gift - the largest single gift in the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation’s history - from the Anderson Family Charitable Fund along with a $5 million-dollar contribution from Peter and Missy Crisp. Upon completion, the $50 million Institute will serve as an innovative center of excellence for cancer care and will be recognized as a leading research and treatment center for the region, offering the most advanced diagnostic services and outpatient treatment. The Institute’s unique patient-centered approach will focus on coordinating every aspect of the patient’s care, beginning the moment they walk through the door. The Institute will be at the forefront of providing world-class diagnosis, treatment and management of all types of cancer, and is expected to draw patients from across the United States and the Caribbean.

For more information about giving opportunities at Anderson Family Cancer Institute, please visit or call 561-263-5728.

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional health care through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.

As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit, 327-bed, regional medical center, consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds, and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships, and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics and spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung and thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2234 or visit jupitermedcom.