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Bacardi Donates $150,000 to St. Vincent’s HealthCare to Create the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program Hospital Education Center

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, has received a lead gift from Bacardi for construction of the new Bacardi Family Medicine Residency Education Center at St. Vincent’s Riverside. Family-owned Bacardi and its Jacksonville-based Bacardi Bottling Corporation, the sole bottling plant for BACARDÍ® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States, has committed to donate $150,000 for the project.

Founded in 1972, St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year community-based residency that provides superior education and training for 30 resident physicians annually. Residents care for patients in a variety of settings, including office visits at the Family Medicine Center, at patients’ homes, on St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach units, and in the hospital. The Bacardi Education Center will occupy space at St. Vincent’s Riverside and will consist of a conference room equipped with the latest technology, a lounge and two separate sleeping rooms for on-call residents. The new conference room will feature technology that will allow team collaboration and video-conferencing to enhance patient care and medical education.

“This program has graduated more than 300 skilled and compassionate physicians since its inception. We encourage these new doctors to stay in our community after they graduate and this benefits our entire North Florida community,” said Dr. David McInnes, Program Director of the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program. “This new center will allow us to continue to recruit top medical school graduates from across the country.”

“For more than 150 years, Bacardi has committed to giving back to communities where our employees live and work. Given that Jacksonville has been home to the BACARDÍ rum bottling facility for the past 44 years, we are very pleased to provide financial support to St. Vincent’s and to help create a state-of-the art hospital education center,” said Luis de Hechavarria, Jr., Vice President of Operations for Bacardi.

“We are incredibly blessed to have the support of Bacardi. The company has supported the Mission of

St. Vincent’s for more than 15 years,” said Jane R. Lanier, CFRE, President & System Chief Development Officer, St. Vincent’s Foundation. “The gift from Bacardi will enable us to better serve our community and the wonderful, dedicated residents in the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program.”

The renovation is expected to be completed this Fall.

As part of its on-going commitment to the advancement of the Jacksonville community, Bacardi regularly supports and contributes to local charities, arts, sports, and culture. Some examples include: Gabriel House of Care, American Cancer Society, Farm Share (feeding the less fortunate) and Dreams Come True, to name a few.

To learn more about the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program, visit