The gift from the former fashion model and businesswoman, the largest ever made to the hospital, will fund construction of the Egil and Pauline Braathen Facility, which will house the Pauline Braathen Neurological Center, the hospital's cancer center and spine center, and its physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs as well as psychiatric and pain management programs. The five-story, 143,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in February 2015.
A patient of Cleveland Clinic Florida for more than a decade, Braathen was born in London and married wealthy Norwegian businessman Egil Braathen, who passed away in 2009. She lives on The World, a globe-traveling cruise ship that is owned by its passenger-residents, and uses the hospital for her medical care.
"It's going to be more efficient because instead of having components piecemeal and duplicating secretaries and nurses we can have it under one roof and share resources," said Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, chair of the Braathen Neurological Center. "Patients can go to one place. We can have our own conferences and conversations on the spot instead of having to schedule something across campus."