Indian River County Hospital District

Regular Monthly Meeting: May 16, 2019

Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2019
5:00 PM

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Tracey Zudans
Ann Marie McCrystal Barbara Bodnar
Michael Weiss

ABSENT: Karen Deigl Allen Jones

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

OTHER ATTENDEES: Elisabeth Bublitz Andrea Berry
Michelle Genz Marie Andress
Freddie Woolfork George Shopland

Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman IRCHD

Mrs. Cunningham convened the regular monthly meeting of the IRCHD at 5:00 PM by welcoming those in attendance. Mrs. Zudans provided the invocation for the meeting and Dr. Weiss led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Consent Agenda- Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman IRCHD

Mrs. Cunningham asked for a motion for approval of the chairman’s meeting minutes dated April 25, regular monthly meeting minutes dated April 25, and a May disbursement of $972,060.17. Dr. Weiss made the motion which was seconded by Mrs. McCrystal. The motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Cunningham stated that the District Trustees and staff continue to work on various matters such as the Gifford Health Center RFP process, and the budget funding requests for fiscal year 2019-2020. She also offered her congratulations to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center on their recent ribbon cutting which was in honor of the expansion done to the center.

District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke stated that she continues to work on matters surrounding the Gifford Health Center RFP and is serving on the evaluation review committee. Additionally, she has been working with District staff on the agency funding request for the upcoming fiscal year. She continues to be available to the Trustees should they have questions or concerns.

Financial Statement Review – Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Ms. Suriano provided the financial statement review on behalf of Mr. Jones who is out of town. She stated that the District remains in sound financial condition and at the end of April, the District’s bank account had a little over $9.3 million. Between now and fiscal year end on Sept. 30, it is projected another $600,000 or so of tax revenues should be received. After subtracting the $972,000 for the most recent month’s expenditures, it is estimated the District’s accounts will retain about $9 million in projected funds.

Additionally, there is a projected budgeted expense of $6.2 million, but estimated actual expenses will total about $1 million less than that for programs, mostly because of funds budgeted for the hospital, will not all be needed. Administrative expenses should come in near budgeted levels of a little over $1 million, and “other expenses” are likely to come in under budget by over $500,000, mostly because the contingent indigent care reserve and the partnership process reserves will not be entirely used.

As a result, it is projected the District’s bank account by the end of the fiscal year will have over $3 million to carry over to the next fiscal year. This should help reduce next fiscal year’s millage rate as some of this may be used to fund next year’s projected expenses.

In summary, the District remains in solid financial condition and will carry over sufficient funds to meet all anticipated reserve requirements and still have funds to offset some anticipated expenses in the next fiscal year.

Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano, Executive Director

Mrs. Suriano provided her report and stated that she provided the Trustees with an updated dashboard concerning the District’s Strategic Plan. She stated that the staff continues to work on the learning and education agenda and she will continue to update the Trustees monthly.

Funded Agency Quarterly Report- Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. – Andrea Berry, CEO

Ms. Berry provided a historical review of Healthy Start which was enacted through legislation by the State of Florida over 25 years ago. The mission is to establish and support care that optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families. She discussed the outcomes and outputs for the Nurse Homes Visitation program and the Nurse Family Partnership program, which the District funds. Ms. Berry introduced Elisabeth Bublitz who was just hired on as the assistant executive director and holds a masters degree in public health. Ms. Bublitz reviewed data concerning prenatal care and infant mortality for Indian River county against the state of Florida. Lastly, Ms. Berry stated that Healthy Start held its annual fundraiser “Dancing with the Vero Stars” and raised $500,000 in funds, which is the most money they have raised to date.

New Horizons, Inc.- George Shopland, CEO

Mr. Shopland introduced himself to the Trustees, explained that he has been the CEO of New Horizons for the last five months. He explained that each year New Horizons helps thousands of individuals with mental health services in Indian River and St. Lucie County. New Horizons continue to evolve and grow to provide the best care possible to the patients, and the growing need for services. Currently, New Horizons collaborates with the McCabe Connections Center and Cleveland Clinic Indian River. He further stated that they are working on a potential pilot program to create a “Drop in Day”, where patients can present to the center without an appointment to seek immediate services and help. Additionally, he explained that New Horizons is projecting a $30,000 shortfall in their budget for the current fiscal year. The Trustees indicated that he may return next month to make a formal request for those funds.

Public Comment- There was no public comment.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 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