Indian River County Hospital District

Chairman’s Meeting: March 17, 2021

Indian River County Hospital District Conference Room/ Zoom
March 17, 2021
10:00 AM

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Barbara Bodnar
Ann Marie McCrystal Allen Jones
Karen Deigl Michael Weiss

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

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.

Senior Resource Association Semi Annual Update- Jennifer Johnson, CFO

Ms. Johnson provided the Trustees with an update concerning the Senior Resource Association (“SRA”) Public Guardian program. Since the acquisition of the program in 2019, it has grown incrementally each year. As of October, 2020, the program has served 22 wards, two of which were discharged by the court due to death. Ms. Johnson stated that due to the support from the District, they have been able to serve additional wards within the county. This includes vulnerable seniors with limited financial resources and no family to assist them. SRA continues to receive interest in the Public Guardian program and there is a high demand for services. SRA has established a waitlist due to the demand and there are currently two individuals who are waiting to receive services. However, they are able to serve the individuals on the waitlist while they await funds to become available. Next, she and Ms. Liz Bruner, the new Development Director at SRA, discussed the Emergency Meals on Wheels program and showed a brief informational video on the same. This program provides a daily lunch and wellness visit by an SRA volunteer to homebound seniors who have been discharged from a healthcare facility within the last 30 days. The biggest obstacle for the program last year was due to COVID. However, their organization successfully worked through those issues and no client was turned away from services. It was noted that while SRA has requested funding from the District to support this program, they have not billed the District for those services. Ms. Johnson explained that SRA has been able to utilize other funding sources to support the Emergency Meals on Wheels program thus far, but plans to bill the District for services within this fiscal year. There was further discussion on how SRA administers their regular Meals on Wheels program and how someone is approved to receive those services, the cost associated and state regulations that govern its operations. Ms. Bruner spoke to some of the patient satisfaction data from the Meals on Wheels program, all of which was very positive. Lastly, Ms. Deigl discussed the fact that patients who utilize the Meals on Wheels program use an app which collects data on patients’ condition and if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. She stated that this has been a great asset tool in data collection.

Mrs. Cunningham stated that Dr. Creelman from UF was initially scheduled to provide a semi-annual update to the Trustees, but due to a time constraint, he was unable to participate in today’s meeting.

We Care Unused Funding Request- Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Mrs. Suriano stated that Dr. Saver contacted her about some unused District funds which were not being utilized to support salaries at the We Care Clinic. This was due to a reduction in staff during COVID and in November and December 2020, the clinic had only one nurse instead of two, which resulted in $13,833 slated for salaries, not being needed. Therefore, he submitted a proposal to Mrs. Suriano, for the Trustees consideration, utilizing those funds for additional services at the clinic. In his proposal, Dr. Saver proposed the unused funds would go towards ophthalmology services. Dr. Robert Reinauer, has volunteered to provide pre-operative exams for cataract surgery and subsequently cataract surgery for several patients. They estimate being able to operate on 26 eyes. Without access to this additional funding, We Care typically budgets for about 8 cataract surgeries each year. There was Trustees discission surrounding the request and the board agreed to allow We Care to utilize the funds for the proposal put forth. Additionally, Mrs. Soule addressed the board and stated that We Care and TCCH have formed a subcommittee to have discussion surrounding the unused ophthalmology space at the Gifford Health Center. They hope to be able to once again utilize the space for ophthalmology services.

Other Business-

Mrs. Suriano stated that she continues to work with the committee on the Mental Health IOP and the RFP submitted by Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital was chosen. They are looking to create a three-year pilot program with an estimated cost of $350,000 a year. She informed the Trustees that once the pilot program is developed, the group will approach the District to request financial support for its operations.

Mrs. Suriano stated that she reached out to all District funded agencies in response to Senate Bill 1624/ House Bill 1103, which will require special Districts to perform an additional performance audit, which is very costly. She asked that they write letters of support for the District and request that our State Representatives not support the proposed legislation. Many funded organizations have already submitted their correspondence and a few others indicated that they are in the process of completing the same.

Lastly, there was Trustee discussion surrounding the fact that the VNA and SRA will now be distributing vaccines to individuals who are home bound. Additionally, the Trustees discussed community efforts in administering the vaccine to vulnerable populations within the county.

Public Comment & Adjourn

Mrs. Cunningham asked for public comment and there was none. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 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