Indian River County Hospital District

Regular Monthly Meeting: May 21, 2020

Regular Monthly Meeting
Zoom Meeting
May 21, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Allen Jones
Barbara Bodnar Tracey Zudans
Karen Deigl Dr. Michael Weiss

EXCUSED: Ann Marie McCrystal

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

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 if they wish. Ms. Cunningham provided the invocation and thanked all the care givers in the county, who have worked to keep us safe.

Consent Agenda-

Mrs. Cunningham asked for approval of theSpecial Meeting Minutes dated April 7; Chairman’s Meeting Minutes dated April 14, 28; Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes dated April 16, and a May disbursement of $1,047,136.15. Dr. Weiss made the motion, which was seconded by Ms. Bodnar. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman’s Report- Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Ms. Cunningham stated that she attended the CCIRH board meeting today and the hospitals volumes have increased to almost normal, and they are now providing specialty services again. The 5 East wing at the hospital is still being kept as COVID-19 ward for those patients with the virus. Lastly, Dr. Stowe is scheduled to retire at the end of the month.

District Counsel Report – Jennifer D. Peshke, Esq.

Mrs. Peshke provided her report and stated that the Governors executive order which exempts the District from meeting with a physical quorum present, was extended until July 7th. Therefore, the District may continue to hold its meeting virtually as they have done for the last few months. She will continue to track any new changes to the order and update the board on the same. Additionally, she has reviewed the funding request summaries for fiscal year 20-21 and will be prepared to discuss the same at the budget discussion meeting in June.

Mrs. Cunningham asked that the board approve the continuation of the District meetings via zoom pursuant to the executive order. The board agreed unanimously.

Financial Statement Review – Allen Jones, Treasurer

Mrs. Suriano provided the financial statement review on behalf of Mr. Jones. She stated that District is ahead of budget and expenses for the month are slightly down. The Mental Health Association took advantage of the District offer to reimburse any funded agency with an average of their last 6 months of expenses. This is to help ease any losses incurred from COVID-19. It was discussed that any economic fallout from COVID-19, may not be felt until later this year in the fall. The Trustees agreed that they need to be prepared and be able to support the funded agencies, should the need arise.

Executive Director Report- Ann Marie Suriano

Mrs. Suriano stated that she met with the hospital concerning the memorial area for Alma Lee Loy. She discussed the design of the benches with the Trustees and agreed that they should be weather resistant and accessible for those who may have handicaps. She will continue to work with the hospital on this matter and update the Trustees. Additionally, she has conducted some research regarding the Districts need for new office space and saw a few properties in town. She will prepare a listing of needs, along with an outline of the properties she has seen, for the Trustees to review. She is still waiting to hear back from the county regarding any available space at either county building for the District to lease. Mr. Jones suggested that they look into possibly building onto the Gifford Health Center, to house the District offices, or take over the We Care Clinic space. He recommended that the We Care clinic be housed within the main Health Department offices. Ms. Cunningham stated that the District needs to look at all options concerning the office space. The Districts current lease is up at the end of November, 2021, so there will need to be a plan in place at least 6 months prior to that time.

Program Liaison Report- Jennifer Frederick

Mrs. Frederick stated that she provided the Trustees with the fiscal year 2020-2021 funding request summaries. She is still waiting for the numbers relative to the Partners in Women’s Health program and the County Share of Medicaid. She also provided two spread sheets, one of which compares the funding request to the current fiscal year budget. She also prepared a sheet that outlines each funded agencies District funding request as a percentage of their total budget. She advised the TCCH has indicated that they may submit a revised funding request depending on the impact from COVID-19. She informed the trustees that any follow up questions directed at the funded agencies are due to she or Ann Maire by May 29th. On June 17th, the District will hold its first budget discussion meeting. Lastly, she indicated that they have provided 3 months of temporary assistance to 15 TCCH patients who have lost their income and/or insurance due to COVID-19.

Public Comment-

Ms. Soule indicated that TCCH is looking at bids for the cost of building a pharmacy at the Gifford Health Center. Many patients expressed their interest in having a pharmacy at the clinic. She will update the Trustees with more information when it becomes available.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 4:36 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