Regular Monthly Meeting: June 18, 2020

Regular Monthly Meeting: June 18, 2020





Regular Monthly Meeting

Zoom Meeting

June 18, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.


TRUSTEES:                           Marybeth Cunningham           Allen Jones

Barbara Bodnar                      Tracey Zudans

Karen Deigl                             Dr. Michael Weiss

Ann Marie McCrystal


STAFF:                                   Ann Marie Suriano                 Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

Kate Voss                                   Jennifer Frederick


Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the regular monthly meeting of the Indian River County Hospital District (“IRCHD”) at 4:00 p.m. She reviewed the regulations for conducting a meeting remotely as outlined in Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-69. Ms. Cunningham asked for those who intend to speak during the meeting, to identify themselves before speaking. Ms. Zudans provided the invocation for the meeting

Consent Agenda-

Mrs. Cunningham asked for a motion to approve the regular monthly meeting minutes dated May 21, 2020 and a June disbursement of $1,030,522.36. Ms. Bodnar made the motion, which was seconded by Dr. Weiss. The motion carried unanimously.


Chairman’s Report- Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

   Mrs. Cunningham stated that the deadline to file with the supervisor of elections for a District Board of Trustees seat, for the 2020 election in November has passed. The seats available were 1, 3, 5, and 7. The only opposed candidate is Ms. Bodnar, who currently holds seat 3. No one else filed to oppose the remaining seats which are currently held by Ms. Deigl, Dr. Weiss, and Ms. Zudans and those three trustees will automatically be appointed to serve on the Board for another four years, with their new term beginning January, 2021.


District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Ms. Peshke provided her report and stated that she has worked with Ms. Suriano on the District current office lease and the provision regarding terminating the same. She is actively following the current legislative session for bills related to the District and holding public meetings in person with a physical quorum, as required by the Sunshine Law. The governor has an executive order currently in place lifting this requirement, but that is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2020. If it is not extended the board will need to resume its in person meetings with at least four board members present and participating. She will update the board with any new information when it becomes available.


Financial Statement Review – Allen Jones, Treasurer

Mr. Jones stated that the District is in sound financial condition and that there are plenty of funds to enter into the next fiscal year. He believes that the millage rate will not increase but with the uncertainly of the financial impact from COVID-19, there may be a need to increase it slightly to support those agencies negatively impacted.


Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano

Ms. Suriano stated that she received approval from all agencies who will be utilizing the universal consent form, which was developed from the IRC Mental Health Visioning committee. Ms. Zudans questioned whether the District would have any liability associated with the form, since it will be kept within the District records. Ms. Peshke explained that the District has no liability due to the fact that they will not be in receipt of, or maintaining any patient information or medical records. The District will only be in control of the blank form, for agencies to utilize. Additionally, Ms. Suriano spoke with Dr. Turner at CCIRH and they are moving forward with repurposing space on the hospital campus to have a bench and memorial garden for Alma Lee.  The hospital will be hiring a landscape architect for the project and once the plans are finalized for the area, Ms. Suriano will order the benches. She will provide the memorandum inscription which will be shown on the benches to the Trustees for their approval, prior to finalizing the order for the same. Lastly, she explained that she and Ms. Frederick will switch back to four, ten-hour work days a week at the office starting June 29th. Additionally, Ms. Jacko will come back to work in the office on the 29th as well. Ms. Voss will work the normal office hours of 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.

Program Liaison Report- Jennifer Frederick

Ms. Frederick indicated that she had intended to report on this month’s IRC Leadership class, but it was cancelled last minute due to concerns over COVID-19.


Public Comment– There was no further business or public comment. The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 PM