Indian River County Hospital District

BOT Regular Monthly Meeting: October 15, 2020




Regular Monthly Meeting

Zoom Meeting

October 15, 2020


TRUSTEES:                           Marybeth Cunningham           Allen Jones

Barbara Bodnar                      Ann Marie McCrystal

Karen Deigl                             Dr. Michael Weiss


EXCUSED:                            Tracey Zudans


STAFF:                                   Ann Marie Suriano                 Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

Kate Voss                                Jennifer Frederick


PARTICIPANTS:                  James Large                            Brett Hall

Vicki Soule                             Carrie Lester

Marie Andress                        Lisa Rymer



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., via Zoom and provided an invocation.


Consent Agenda-

Mrs. Cunningham asked for a motion to approve the first budget hearing meeting minutes dated September 10; Chairman’s meeting minutes dated September 16; final budget hearing minutes dated September 17; regular monthly meeting minutes dated September 17, and an October disbursement of $1,213,398.75. Mrs. McCrystal made a motion which was seconded by Dr. Weiss. The motion carried unanimously.


District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke provided her report and stated that the County has finalized the Right of Way dedication and she is waiting on the recorded documents to be sent to her. She will then work with Cleveland Clinic’s counsel to amend any necessary easements. She has sent an initial draft of the amended lease to the VNA’s counsel and met with their counsel as well to work towards a final draft to bring back for discussion and approval in the next month or two. Lastly, she has reviewed all the District’s agency funding agreements for the new fiscal year, which were sent to her by Mrs. Frederick.


Financial Statement Review – Allen Jones, Treasurer

Mr. Jones stated that District remains in sound financial condition. At the beginning of the new fiscal year there is approximately $4.2 million in its accounts. Currently there is $4.4 in the bank with $1.2 million in expenses for the month of September. The District provided approximately $600,000 in financial assistance to some of its funded agencies for unanticipated expenses due to COVID-19. Coincidentally, the District operated around $700,000 under budget for program and administrative expenses. Therefore, the net result was beginning last fiscal year with $4.2 million and the District will end the year with the same.


Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano

 Mrs. Suriano stated that she continues to work on the mental health intensive outpatient program RFP and has sent the same out to the committee for review and comment. She thanked Ms. Voss for her work in the District’s office move and transition. The District staff is now located at their new office and everything is running smoothly.  Mrs. Cunningham stated that she visited the new office and that it is a bright, clean, and cheerful space.


Quarterly Update-

Mr. Hall provided a brief update concerning the Connections Center and how they delt with COVID and providing assistance to those in the community. He further reviewed some patient satisfaction data and stated that volumes continue to rise, since the stay at home order was lifted. Further, he explained that the suicide rate in the county has increased over last year and 29 people have taken their lives this year, to date. He stated that the Center continues to focus their efforts in providing mental health referral services in hopes to combat this tragic occurrence. Lastly, he informed the Trustees that National Philanthropy Day will take place on November 17th and Mrs. Suriano will be recognized for her work in the community.

Mrs. Lester provided her report on the Substance Awareness Center and stated that there is a two week wait list for services. The center continues to transition into providing more in-person services, as this is the most effective form of therapy, however they still are utilizing telemedicine technology to provide services as well. She explained that they hope to resume providing services to inmates at the Indian River County jail over the next few months. SAC also provided a training class to the staff at the Source. This class provided knowledge and understanding as to how to better serve at risk populations. Further, she explained that overdoses are on the rise in the county and SAC is providing education on how to properly administer Narcan. Lastly, she explained that SAC was recently accredited through CARF for the next three years.  The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. The accreditation process is very thorough and it is a great achievement to be awarded the same.


Public Comment

Mrs. Cunningham asked for public comment and there was none. Dr. Weiss made a motion to adjourn which was seconded by Mrs. McCrystal. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM




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