Until their first grandchild arrived in 2009, John and Fran Borreca would have claimed travel as their primary passion. Now trips to California wine country, the Colorado mountains, and cruises in Europe take a back seat to Evan, who was born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and lives only about 30 minutes away from them.
Having family close has been a lifelong gift for John and Fran. They each moved to Tampa from greater New York City in the early 1970s as teenagers, and their families ended up as next-door neighbors. After they married, the couple spent a few years in Texas and then in New Jersey before moving back to Tampa, but their parents continued to live side-by-side for years. A visit to one set of parents naturally became a visit to both.
Now retired—John as president and CEO of Celotex, which manufactured building materials, and Fran from the accounting office of Moffitt Cancer Center—the Borrecas spend a lot of their free time involved with St. Joseph’s. John previously chaired the board of BayCare Health System and had served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital board since 2001.
They also experienced the compassionate care of the St. Joseph’s team members when their grandson Evan spent the first week of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit due to a heart irregularity.
The Borrecas know that being involved in their community can have a significant impact on others, and they believe that giving back is the right thing to do. “We’ve been extraordinarily blessed as a family, the life we have, the kids we have,” says John. “It’s appropriate to give of our time and our finances to support St. Joseph’s.”
The Family Resource Lounge at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is named for John and Francine Borreca.