Indian River County Hospital District

Chairman’s Meeting: April 20, 2022

Indian River County Hospital District Conference Room/ Zoom
April 20, 2022
10:00 AM

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Allen Jones
Ann Marie McCrystal Barb Bodnar
Kerry Bartlett

ZOOM: Samantha Mesena Eric Garza
Sabby Hightower Elise Mahovlich
Vicki Soule Kathy Orton
Karen Deigl Dan Bach

STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Dawn Carboni
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.
Jennifer Frederick

ATTENDEES: Bill Stengel

Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the Chairman’s meeting of the IRCHD Board of Trustees at 10:00 AM by welcoming those participating via Zoom and in person.

Mrs. Cunningham stated that there is a change to today’s agenda and the consent agenda usually approved at the regular monthly meeting, will be voted on today. This is due to the fact that there may not be a quorum at tomorrow night’s board meeting. Therefore, she asked for a motion to approve the Chairman’s meeting minutes dated March 16; regular monthly meeting minutes dated March 17, and an April disbursement of $1,501,842.16. Ms. Bartlett made the motion, which was seconded by Mr. Jones. The motion carried unanimously.

FY 22-23 Funding Request Presentations
Miss B’s Learning Bees – LaToya Bullard, Executive Director

Ms. Bullard addressed the board and provided a brief history of her professional career and education. She also provided an overview of Miss B’s Learning Center and stated that its mission is to assist children and families from high poverty communities, with access to academic support and behavioral health services. She further discussed the Community Outreach Academic Enrichment program which provides after school programs and behavioral health services, which are critical to early detection and intervention for children living in high poverty areas in Indian River County. She explained that they currently do not have a space which allows for privacy when addressing a behavioral health issue with the students and their families. Having this space would allow for a specific area to have one-on-one intervention with the child and provide them with additional support. She stated that the funding request of $15,000 would be used to rent a new location, which would be solely for behavioral health services. There were further questions and discussion from the Trustees concerning the operations and other programs offered at Miss B’s. The trustees agreed that she was providing a needed service in the community and thanked her for the presentation.

Outline and Presentation on Process to Sell District Owned Surplus Real Property- Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke stated that she prepared a memo and PowerPoint presentation concerning discussions from last month’s Chairman’s meeting, asking for clarification on the process to sell District owned property. Today’s discussion is solely focused on the sale of surplus property and not a property that is not part of the hospital campus, which would trigger the provisions of Section 155.40, F.S., causing a public referendum. She clarified that not all District owned property is classified as surplus property. Ms. Peshke explained that the property in question is the vacant parcel that is currently leased under the Hospice House agreement with the VNA, and that the Special Act and the Amended and Restated Lease Agreement allows for the District to sell the property. The special Act states that the Board of Trustees are authorized to sell such rights in real or personal property by a resolution that determines the property is surplus and is no longer useful to the District She further explained that pursuant to the Amended and Restated Lease Agreement the District has granted the VNA an option to purchase and the right of first refusal on the property. Therefore, it is her opinion that the sale of vacant real property deemed surplus property will not trigger the provisions of Section 155.40, Florida Statues and a referendum and a public hearing will not be necessary to complete the sale of the subject surplus property. Also, pursuant to the provisions of the Special Act, the District may sell the real property by resolution stating that the subject real property is no longer useful to the District.

There was Trustee discussion and some asked for clarification on the term surplus property and how the District would deem the property as the same. She reviewed the definition of surplus property and stated that a resolution would need to be drafted and brought before the board for approval outlining the same. Then the resolution would need to pass with a majority of the Trustees approving the same. She then discussed the matters of the VNA’s option to purchase or right of first refusal, pursuant to the Amended and Restated Lease Agreement. She stated that if the VNA request to exercise the option to purchase, the option must be exercised prior to the termination of the lease. The District shall not unreasonably withhold or deny the VNA’s request to exercise its Option to Purchase and the purchase price shall be deemed by fair market value. She then discussed the matter of CCIRH also having the right of first refusal of the property but stated that they are close to finishing negotiations that would allows the VNA right of first refusal. CCIRH would then have the right of first refusal if the VNA chose to sell the property. All parties have agreed to this, but it has been held up by the Cleveland Clinic legal team in Cleveland. Ms. Cunningham indicated that she would be contacting them to try and speed up the process. Lastly, Ms. Peshke stated the only other way around this would be the VNA coming to the District with an offer to purchase which would trigger CCIRH having to make a decision to purchase or give up their rights. Most of the Trustees were not comfortable moving forward with any further action until the matter with CCIRH was concluded and the right of first refusal was solely with the VNA. Mrs. Peshke stated that she will keep the Trustees updated on the process and hopes things will be concluded within the next month.

Public Comment & Adjourn

Mrs. Cunningham asked for public comment and there was none. The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 AM



William P Cooney MD is an orthopedic surgeon (retired) who has been a resident of Vero Beach since 2004. He practiced orthopedic surgery at Indian River Medical Center from 2006-2015 within the orthopedic practice of Prosports. He served on the IRMC Foundation for four years. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, Chair of the Division of Hand Surgery and Vice president of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Development Department. He has been President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, Consultant at Shrine Hospital systems. He was editor in chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and co-editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery. He held grants in hand and wrist surgery sponsored by National Institute of Health (NIH) and Stryker Orthopedics and has over 250 publications in the field of orthopedic surgery, hand, wrist and elbow surgery and microsurgery- free tissue transfers. Within Indian River County, he has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Hope for Families Homeless Center, Board of the Indian River Hospital Foundation, We Care and Whole Family Health Center medical practices.

Term:  1/23-12/24

Origination: Elected (2 OC)

Occupation: Retired Surgeon



Kerry Bartlett,  of Vero Beach, has more than 30 years experience in philanthropy, including as vice president of the VNA & Hospice Foundation; VNA chief advancement officer from 2001-2007; and executive director of the Indian River Community Foundation from 2008-2014. Kerry is the founder of The Bartlett Company, which focuses on nonprofit and philanthropic consulting. She also is a managing director for Carter, a Vero Beach company that specializes in advancing philanthropy worldwide. Kerry has spent more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector as a fund development professional and has particular expertise in annual funds, major gifts, endowment campaigns and legacy giving. Kerry is also known for creating and implementing effective donor-centered stewardship programs that build, maintain and strengthen nonprofits’ relationships.

Term:  3/21-12/22   |   1/23-12/26

Origination: Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis
Elected NOC

Occupation: Philanthropic Consultant/Managing Director



Karen has been President and CEO of Senior Resource Association, where she successfully advocates for older adults and their families, since 2006. In that role, she helps provide activities, education and services benefiting older and disabled adults in Indian River County. In addition, Karen provides oversight of the community mass transit system for residents and visitors of the county. As CEO, Karen is responsible for a $7 million operational annual budget and managing more than 100 employees. She ensures that fiscally sound and responsible solutions are created to provide healthcare and a better quality of life for all Indian River County residents. Karen earned a BS in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University and an MHA from the University of Florida. She was elected to the Indian River County Hospital District Board of Trustees in 2016, and joined the Board in January 2017.

Term:  1/17-12/20   |   1/21-12/24

Origination: Elected 1 OC | Elected NOC

Occupation: President/CEO



Paul Westcott has been a Board Certified Workers' Compensation Attorney since 1999. In addition, Paul has earned his certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil and Family Law Mediator. Receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Political Science at Florida Southern College, he continued his education at Stetson University College of Law. He graduated from Stetson in 1988, having been a published member of the Stetson Law Review. Paul has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988.  He began his practice in a combined civil litigation and transactional practice before serving as an Assistant State Attorney.  He began his career in Workers' Compensation with Rissman, Weisberg, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McClain P.A., where he handled Workers' Compensation cases at the trial and appellate levels.  In 1997, Paul opened the Ft. Pierce office of Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox, Waranch & Westcott P.A. handling workers' compensation cases at all levels throughout central and south Florida, while managing the operations of that office.  During his nearly 25 year career in Workers' Compensation, he lectured on a wide range of industry topics.

1/23-12/26   |   1/21-12/24

Origination: Elected 1 OC 

Occupation: Attorney & Mediator



Barbara has practiced physical therapy, specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine, in her hometown of Vero Beach since 1981. She was an integral part of the sports medicine team at Vero Beach High School for 35 years. Barbara completed the reserve police academy training, and served with the Vero Beach Police Department from 1982-1989. Her volunteer involvement in the community includes serving on the City of Vero Beach Recreation Committee, Arthritis Association of Indian River County, and the Senior Good Life Games. She and her husband, Michael, enjoy spending their free time traveling in their RV and training their Labradors, Gunner and Chase, in K-9 performance events, including agility and dock jumping. Barbara is a lifelong resident of Indian River County, and received her degree in physical therapy from Chattanooga State College. Barbara was elected to the Indian River County Hospital District Board of Trustees in 2016, and joined the Board in January 2017.

Term:  1/17-12/20   |   1/21-12/24

Origination: Elected 1 OC | Elected 1 OC

Occupation: Physical Therapist



Born and raised in Illinois, Michael was a Theatre and Speech Instructor at Lincoln College when he moved to Indian River County in 1984. He was the Director of Education for the Riverside Theatre for a decade, helping to build the Riverside Children’s Theatre and directing many productions. Michael is well known in the community for his 25 years of service at the United Way of Indian River County, 16 of those years as the CEO. He is very proud of his work with dozens of nonprofit agencies and his commitment to creating and strengthening community collaboratives. Michael was also an Adjunct Faculty member at Barry University for 20 years. He has served on many boards and committees over the years, including: Children’s Services Advisory Committee Needs Assessment, Chair of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for many years, and he was a founding member of the Mental Health Collaborative, the Senior Collaborative of IRC and the IRC Executive Roundtable. As a Hospital District Trustee he is committed to serving all the citizens of our county. In particular, he hopes to see enhanced availability and affordability for behavioral/mental health for all in need.


Term: 1/23- 12/26

Origination: Elected 1 OC

Occupation: Retired CEO United Way



Marybeth’s professional career encompasses 34 years of working for GM/Delphi in a variety of positions. Starting out as a traffic claims clerk, she worked her way through the organization, with roles in Purchasing, Engineering, and Quality and Reliability. She retired in 2009 as the executive director of Global Operations for the Packard Electric Division of Delphi. In this position, she was responsible for 94 plants in 33 countries. Marybeth has served on the board of directors for numerous non-profits, including Northeast Ohio Adoption Agency; United Way of Warren Ohio, where she served as chairman of the annual campaign for two years; Up with People; Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club; Indian River Community Foundation, and the Indian River Mental Health Collaborative. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Albion College. Marybeth was elected to the Indian River County Hospital District Board of Trustees in 2014, and joined the Board in January 2015. She currently serves as Chair.


Term:  1/15-12/18   |   1/19-12/22   |   1/23- 12/24

Origination: Elected 1 OC | Elected  NOC | Elected NOC

Occupation: Retired Executive GM