On December 14th, 2017, the Broward Health Joint Conference Committee met. Board Chairman Rocky Rodriguez was joined by the two newest members of the Broward Health Board; Andrew Klein, and Nancy Gregoire. Based on what I have seen thus far, these two new Board appointments make me cautiously optimistic about Broward Health’s future.
Although the audio had some problems part way through the meeting recording (apparently someone was unknowingly stepping on a cable), the meeting had some pretty important discussions.
“Gov. Rick Scott last year suspended two Broward Health board members based on a letter from his inspector general. He should similarly suspend two board members indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of conspiring to violate the Sunshine Law.”
“If everything was on the up and up, as their lawyers insist, why did board members at Broward Health secretly meet at a hotel, a restaurant and over the phone with attorneys dishing dirt on their interim CEO?”…
…”And it’s unfair to ask taxpayers to trust an organization led by people under criminal indictment.”..
By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org – A state grand jury could ‘indict them all’ for Sunshine Law violations at Broward Health
“A state grand jury investigation of alleged Sunshine Law violations at taxpayer-supported Broward Health appears to be wrapping up, and sources familiar with what’s happening say one or more indictments are likely.”
“… Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly is leading the grand jury’s investigation, which is unfolding as a parallel federal grand jury looks at suspicious purchasing practices at Broward Health. Florida Bulldog reported in February 2016 that the federal grand jury had subpoenaed Broward Health records about former procurement officer Brian Bravo and 16 companies, including MedAssets, which was a publicly traded, Georgia-based group purchasing organization.” ..
After Thanksgiving, it was a busy week for Broward Health with a flurry of committee and board meetings. I was able to attend most with my borrowed 4K video camera. These meetings can now be viewed and used for your edification, self improvement or as a sleep aide. Comments & Tips always welcome!
Given the backdrop of the Grand Jury looking into Broward Health (set to end on December 13th), and the acknowledgement of some that the ever present video camera has served to bring a bit of new accountability to these meeting – it is startling that there appears to be a growing rift between corporate and the medical staff. Anyway, I’ll leave that for another post where I will do some catch-up analysis of the “new” Broward Health.
In the meantime, here are the meetings and backup agenda excerpts.
By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org – Gov. Rick Scott, his lobbyist friend, a multi-million dollar nursing home deal and a change of heart at AHCA.
“… Rubin is Scott’s long-time friend and past business partner. In September, he was accused in a federal whistleblower suit brought by the former chairman of the North Broward Hospital District of being a behind-the-scenes power broker at Broward Health who boasted of controlling the governor’s appointments to its board of commissioners…”
By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org – Broward Health’s independent probe of its CEO was led by law firms with undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.
“When Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett started an “independent” investigation that led to last December’s ouster of popular hospital district President/CEO Pauline Grant, the two law firms she retained to investigate and advise about Grant had deep, undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.” …
“A Broward grand jury began hearing testimony Wednesday about alleged criminal conduct at long-troubled Broward Health, the taxpayer-supported public medical system for the northern two-thirds of the county.”
“A panel of 18 grand jurors were on hand to examine potential criminal violations of Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law and state ethics laws by the seven-member commission appointed by Gov. Rick Scott that runs the health-care agency.”
“The kickoff witnesses were Broward Health’s former general counsel Sam Goren and ex-board chairman David Di Pietro. Goren, accompanied by his colleague attorney Jacob Horowitz, testified for an hour and 15 minutes. Di Pietro testified for nearly two and a half hours. Neither man would discuss his testimony nor disclose what matters he was asked about.”
“Appearing to testify in the afternoon were Pam Hatfield, senior executive secretary to Broward Health’s president/CEO, and former Broward Health Commissioner Maureen Canada.”
“A lawsuit by the former chairman of Broward Health claims a Fort Lauderdale lobbyist controls board appointments and used that power to steer a contract to a client.
The former chairman of Broward Health claims in a lawsuit that a lobbyist close to Gov. Rick Scott controls appointments to Broward Health’s board and used that power to help a client win a highly questionable contract.
The lawsuit, filed 17 months ago but sealed until Friday, says Fort Lauderdale lobbyist William Rubin told then-Broward Health board member David Di Pietro that he “was controlling” all appointments to the board,whose members are chosen by the governor to run the five-hospital, taxpayer-supported system.”
September 25th, 2017 – Broward Health Board of Commissioner’s Meetings
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, imagine what a video is worth. As an experiment, I attended all the meetings yesterday and recorded them on video. After modifying the 4K videos to YouTube formats, I posted the videos publicly. Find them below.
As usual, what was not said at these meetings speaks volumes. In a future post, I share some of my thoughts on these meetings – but in the meantime, I thought it important to post the videos and meeting packet immediately.
3:00 pm Meeting: Broward Health CEO Search Committee Meeting