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THREE MINUTE COURT STATUS CONFERENCE – BROWARD HEALTH (VIDEO)

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…

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INDICTMENTS AND BREACHES OF ETHICS ARE ENDEMIC AT BROWARD HEALTH

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…

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Grand jury witness fired by Broward Health sues claiming whistleblower retaliation

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org 

“A former Broward Health executive secretary has filed a whistleblower suit against the hospital district, alleging she was fired after testifying before the grand jury that indicted her boss, President/Chief Executive Officer Beverly Capasso.” …

“Gov. Scott and Broward Health”

“Scott has a long and tangled relationship with Broward Health. In addition to having the exclusive power to appoint its board members, he was an investor …”

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May 2018 Broward Health Marathon Board Meetings – The Dan Lewis Report

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…

See the full story with meeting videos & agenda packet excerpts: May 2018 Broward Health Marathon Board Meetings – The Dan Lewis Report

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Taxpayers’ tab for Broward Health’s lawyers (not counting defense of indicted leaders)

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org

…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…

Read the complete story: Taxpayers’ tab for Broward Health’s lawyers (not counting defense of indicted leaders)

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Broward Health March 2018 Board Meetings – The Dan Lewis Report

My Meeting Impressions:

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HR Committee meeting

…Also attached as part of the HR Committee meeting is a salary comparison illustrating the fallacious argument that the million dollar contract with a base salary of $750,000 was somehow appropriate and reasonable.  Not sure how the HR Department justifies their 50-percentile calculation for this contract.  The numbers don’t add up, so what else is new?…

Broward Health Mandatory Ethics Training

…The training was particularly poignant with both Commissioner Ure and CEO Capasso both under an ethics cloud.  Ure for a variety of alleged ethics violations regarding the use of his office to threaten his ex-girlfriend, and Capasso for voting for her own appointment as interim CEO demanding a salary of over $650,000.  Commissioner Ure, former Commissioners Rodriguez and Robinson, corporate counsel Barrett and CEO Capasso all under indictment for violations of the Florida sunshine and open meeting statutes…

Broward Health Rescheduled February 2018 Meeting.

…Broward Health’s charter and By-Laws require monthly meetings to fulfill their public trust obligations, and the patronizing reason for rescheduling the Board meeting to mask commissioner’s unavailability is both cynical and beneath the character of the Broward Health organization….

Broward Health March 2018 Board Meeting

…At this point, newbie Commissioner Gregoire felt the orchestrated need to nominate indicted and ethically challenged Chris “Guy Weston” to be chair…

See the full story at: Broward Health March 2018 Board Meetings – The Dan Lewis Report

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Broward Health goes dark; Gov. Scott clams up

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.” …

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Broward Health Chairman Rocky Rodriguez Resigns! Million-dollar Contract offered to Indicted Capasso.

From the Broward Health meeting (posting as it happens). Meeting recording will be posted late tonight.

Rocky Rodriquez

At the Broward Health Human Resources Committee meeting today, it was announced that Chairman Rocky Rodriguez has resigned.  Christopher “Guy Weston” Ure now chair.

More as this story unfolds.

Beverly Capasso

Beverly Capasso

Interim now permanent CEO Bev Capasso is offered a million dollar contract including a base salary of more than $750,000 and potential “profit-share” bonus.

The committee recommended that the full Board approve the contract, but Lynn Barrett – Broward Health’s Counsel refused to permit a copy of the agreement to be provided to the public saying it was a “119” request.

Shortly thereafter, two Board members provided a copy.  This agreement will be scanned and attached to a post this evening.

Both items will be on the agenda for the full Board meeting today at 4:30.

[Update]  Agenda & Capasso proposed (now approved) contract:
(start on page 3 for draft contract)

3/28/18 Broward Health Regular HR Committee Packet Excerpts
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Broward Health Fiasco: Nurses Get Peanuts, While Bureaucrats Get Huge Bonuses

From BrowardBeat.com

BY BUDDY NEVINS

…”A hospital system hemorrhaging millions will hand out bonuses to already well-paid administrators.”

“Nurses will get crumbs off the table….while they still deal with bedpans.”

“Broward Health commissioners need to be reminded of the system’s much-heralded mission statement:”

“Provide quality healthcare to the people we serve and support the needs of all physicians and employees.”

“That’s “all physicians and employees. ‘Not just high paid administrators.'”

Read the full story on BrowardBeat here https://www.browardbeat.com/broward-health-fiasco-nurses-get-peanuts-while-bureaucrats-get-huge-bonuses/

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Broward Health looks to give fat bonuses to leadership, including two under indictment

“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.”

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Blame Gov. Rick Scott for Broward Health charade | Editorial

By: Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
February 1, 2018

“It speaks volumes about Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s stewardship that his Broward Health appointees chose someone under indictment to be the public hospital system’s permanent CEO.

Is anyone surprised that Broward Health has given the job of president and CEO to its indicted interim leader, Beverly Capasso?

From the day Capasso, then a board member, shockingly voted to give herself the interim job, we suggested the fix was in.

Sure enough, the board’s nationwide search for a permanent CEO was little more than a charade played with taxpayer money.”

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