Special Meeting: January 9, 2019

Special Meeting: January 9, 2019



Indian River County Hospital District

January 9, 2019

10:00 AM


TRUSTEES:                           Marybeth Cunningham           Tracey Zudans

Ann Marie McCrystal             Karen Deigl

Allen Jones                             Dr. Michael Weiss


ABSENT:                               Barbara Bodnar


STAFF:                                   Ann Marie Suriano                 Jennifer Frederick

Kate Voss                                 Jennifer Peshke, Esq.


ATTENDEES:                        Vicki Soule


            Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the special meeting of the IRCHD at 10:00 AM by welcoming those in attendance.


District Transformational Strategic Plan-

            Mr. Felix provided the Trustees with a draft of the proposed District Transitional Strategic Plan. He explained that the purpose of the plan is to place attention on two areas that will support District efforts to continuously improve the role and responsibility of assuring equitable health related programs and services in Indian River County. The planning process would include engaging community partners and community resources by gathering input, along with utilization of the data contained in the current Community Health Needs Assessment.


Mr. Felix explained that one priority area would be to enhance the governing board’s operating procedures by a series of action steps that would be carried out by the District staff and Trustees. The second step of this process would be to continuously improve learning opportunities for the board, and he recommends that the Trustees implement an educational agenda that will focus on best health practices with attention on identifying and filling gaps in health services.


            Mr. Felix discussed the learning agenda in greater detail. He also explained that as national and state health policy experts continue to tweak health coverage, reimbursements for services, quality and cost measures, this could have unintended consequences on the residents of Indian River County. He recommends implementing a health policy tracking process that will keep the District abreast of changes that may impact the residents’ ability to access the county’s health services. Additionally, the District should continue its attention on continuous health improvement by ensuring the very best health metrics are in place for monitoring and evaluating current and future funded services and programs.


There was robust Trustee discussion concerning Mr. Felix’s recommendations and the draft strategic plan. It was decided that the board would like time to further review the document and provide comments and feedback to Mrs. Suriano. Additionally, Mr. Felix would hold individual calls with the Trustees to discuss the same, in the next few weeks. Once he has obtained all the feedback, he will update the plan as necessary, and present the same at the February Chairman’s meeting.


           Public Comment– There was no public comment.


            Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 PM