Mindy Sloane Shikiar, M.B.A, M.S.N.
Former Chief Operations Officer Boca Regional Hospital Board Member HabitCenter
Mindy Shikiar was born in Brooklyn, New York, and because of her father’s international business career, she had the opportunity to live abroad. She lived in Caracas Venezuela, and Mexico City, before heading back to Brooklyn which will always be her hometown.
Mindy went to Boston University and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After working as a bedside nurse for several years, Mindy decided to move to Florida to follow her mother and grandparents and leave the cold weather!
In Florida, her first accomplishment was completing her MBA and MSN at the University of Miami while working full time in various clinical positions. With her advanced education behind her, Mindy’s career took off.
Her healthcare career is comprised of numerous nursing positions including that of Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Director of Quality and Case Management and Adjunct Professor at Barry University in Miami. Mindy served as CEO and COO of Kindred, a long-term acute care facility for critically ill/medically complex patients in Fort Lauderdale.
Mindy was recruited to Boca Regional in 2003 and had a successful, fulfilling career holding various leadership positions including Executive Director of Quality Effectiveness, Vice President of Clinical Operations, and Vice President of Oncology and Ambulatory Services. In 2018 she was promoted to the Chief Operations Officer. She is most proud of her roles in the planning and construction of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute and the Gloria Drummond Rehabilitation Institute. Additionally, her career allowed her to collaborate with talented medical directors and executives overseeing the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Marcus Neurosciences Institute. In July of 2019, Boca Raton Regional Hospital became part of Baptist Health South Florida Inc. She played an integral role in leading integration into the Baptist system. A priority focus was the development of a Master Facility Plan to include a new bed tower, new operating rooms, and all new private patient rooms.
Mindy’s was directly involved in overseeing operations during COVID. Ensuring employees felt safe and supported while keeping patients safe and cared for was a priority. Working in leadership during COVID required strength, and resilience. The caregivers deserved the title superhero and Mindy is forever grateful to all of the clinicians that worked together during this difficult time.
On a personal level, Mindy’s greatest accomplishment has been successfully raising her 20 year old daughter, Brenna, adopted from Russia. Brenna, has overcome many challenges and after successfully completing high school is working as a groomer at PetCo!!!
Mindy is a licensed registered nurse, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a former licensed Healthcare Risk Manager. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Habilitacion Center.
There are so many reasons Mindy decided to participate in the Ballroom Battle. Below is an email she sent to her friends and family.
Why am I participating in the Ballroom Battle? Good questions!
Reason #1 – The funds raised go to the George Snow Scholarship Fund. This will provide educational grants and Scholar Support Services to students in need within Palm Beach County, with the goal of helping these students graduate with a post-secondary degree. These are kids who are the brightest in the area and may not otherwise be able to afford college. I love the idea of being able to bridge the financial gap for young scholars to attend college.
Reason #2 – Last year was a very difficult year for the entire world. Many lives were lost due to COVID. We witnessed firsthand the impact this pandemic had on our front line staff, and it was a very difficult for all. I had signed up to participate in this event last year, after being inspired for many years of watching my colleagues raise money for this wonderful organization. Unfortunately, I withdrew as my mother entered the last stages of cancer and I needed to be at her side as often as possible. Some of my most treasured memories of my mother are her encouraging me to take this on, and helping me perfect my Cha-Cha. My mother lost her battle on June 28, 2020, and as I approach the one year anniversary, I am dancing in her memory. I am also doing this to acknowledge all of the front line super heroes that I have been so privileged to work with for over 18 years at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Reason #3 – I am following in the footsteps of many mighty dancers such as Jerry and Terry Fedele, Pat Thomas, Jan Savarick, Patty Carpenter, Darci McNally, Dr. Anthony Dardano, Alex Eremia, Brian Altschuler, Dr. Cristina Mata, Jody Saffert and Dr. Gwenesia Collins, to mention a few. Every one of these dancers did not start off as ballroom dancers, but their dance performances and fund raising outcomes were nothing short of exceptional. I have very big shoes to fill, and I’m proud to join this elite team of leaders and philanthropists.
Thank you in Advance for your support!