Beginning just before the September 26 Board meeting, things began to change at Broward Health precipitated by the completely unfounded and unprecedented, personal attack against Commissioner Klein by corporate counsel Lynn Barrett.
Change, primarily because Chairperson Klein had the temerity to exercise his oversight responsibilities and question Corporate Counsel Barrett.
How do you hold a Board, that is politically appointed by
the Governor, accountable? Embarrassment
without a credible threat of removal goes just so far for Board members who too
often care little for their reputations.
Since 2012, I have attended most Broward Health Board meetings, and been writing articles published here and in my blogs www.BrwdHealth.com and DanLewisReport.com. My writings have tried to expose, cajole, persuade, embarrass, and inform the Broward Health Board and senior leadership to do a better job. But each time, I come back to accountability.
Of course, the obvious
answer is – you can’t hold the Board accountable, but you must hold the
Governor accountable. Some would argue
that Rick Scott did not create the problems at Broward Health, but I would counter that he certainly could address and
Instead, Rick Scott appointed inexperienced political hacks
to the Broward Health Board. Then he
suspended some members of the Board.
Then he opened an Inspector
General and an FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) investigation into Broward Health (both continuing today after close to three years). Then he refuses to appoint a full complement
of Board members in effect crippling the ability of the Board to assemble a
quorum for necessary meetings. For over
a year, there were only four of seven board members. Now there are five of seven Board members
appointed. Insult to injury against
Broward Health, one of the recent Board appointments appears to have been
selected specifically to protect Broward Health’s legal counsel who is
responsible for hiring law firms that coincidentally support Rick Scott. Just recently, Foley & Lardner LLP, one
of these law firms has even been rumored to be pushing Governor Scott to
appoint another ‘friend’ to the Board to shore up the increasingly exposed and
embattled Broward Health legal counsel’s ‘protection.’ Of course, it should come as no particular
surprise that Foley & Lardner’s projected fees for the 2018-2019 fiscal
year from Broward Health are ‘budgeted’ at over two million dollars. That’s a lot of candidate Rick Scott support!
Regardless of your political persuasion,
if you care about the health of your family, your friends or yourself – and you
live north of 595 in Broward County – you simply cannot give your vote to Rick
Scott. He must be held accountable for
the cavalier manner in which he has politicised and monetized his gubernatorial
responsibilities to Broward Health and our community. There must be consequences for his
irresponsibility that has risked the health of our families and our community just
for his personal and political gain.
For Senate, vote for anyone but Rick Scott. Let that be a consequence of how he has screwed up Broward Health while Governor for thousands of your friends and neighbors.
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June 20, 2018. This morning, there was a three-minute status hearing in front of the Honorable Judge Zeller on the trial of the indicted Beverly Capasso – CEO, Lynn Barrett – Corporate Counsel, Commissioner Christopher Ure, and ex-commissioners Rocky Rodriguez and Linda Robison on alleged violations of Florida’s Sunshine Laws. (See numerous past articles for more details) The hearing was continued until September because a permanent judge has not been assigned to the case and there are multiple motions pending judicial ruling. Chief Judge…
June 20, 2018. In the sometimes bizarro world of Broward Health, breaches of ethics and a Civil War is brewing just below the surface. One side is Lynn Barrett, Broward Health’s Corporate Counsel. Remarkably it appears the other side is CEO, Bev Capasso, recently emboldened by her loosely negotiated employment contract. Broward Health’s Board of Commissioners seems to split among the two camps. Then there was the appointment of the newest Board member, Commissioner Ray Berry. He was impressive at his first set of public meetings…
5/30/18 Broward Health Marathon Board Meetings A lot is going on at Broward Health. Some of it is good. Some of it, not so much. Probably the biggest news for a public oversight perspective is the Governor’s latest appointment of Ray Berry. While the Governor still needs to appoint two more commissioners to the Board, based on the performance of Commissioner Berry in his first public meetings at Broward Health – the Governor appears to have made a good choice…
…The taxpayer’s tab for Broward Health’s lawyers this year is nearly $1 million more this year than in 2017, with annual legal expenses now budgeted at more than $6.1 million.
…A request for information about Broward Health’s in-house attorneys led the district to identify seven in-house attorneys with base annual salaries ranging from $91,500 to Barrett’s $340,000. Barrett’s four top lieutenants, with titles of senior associate general counsel, draw base salaries of $239,000, $222,000, $175,000 and $165,000.
…The salaries of those attorneys, who also stand to collect a bonus of 17.5 percent of their salary this year if a recently proposed management incentive plan is implemented, total about $1.3 million, according to Broward Health’s information. But the 2018 budget for the general counsel’s office is $2,156,966, or more than 60 percent higher, indicating that salary hikes for in-house are in the works…
By Dan Christensen, Florida Bulldog.org – Things are getting stranger at Broward Health. On Friday, the taxpayer subsidized public hospital system began refusing to provide requested public information. On Monday, the governor’s office declined to explain why Rick Scott hasn’t suspended indicted district leaders.
…”The decision by Broward Health to no longer answer the public’s questions comes on the heels of news earlier this year that the district was demanding thousands of dollars in administrative and legal fees before allowing public access to records about its lawyers and legal costs.” …
“Broward Health is poised to give fat bonuses to its leadership, including two officials who are under indictment.”
Bev Capasso – Lynn Barrett
“With its top leadership under indictment and its top doctors openly warning that mismanagement is affecting healthcare, Broward Health is poised to award $7.2 million in bonuses to its highest executives and managers.”