Indian River County Hospital District

Request for
Funding Information


The Indian River County Hospital District is committed to support healthy living in our community. Each year, the District upholds this commitment by awarding funding to organizations that provide services and/or programs that promote and strengthen good health outcomes to residents within Indian River County.

It is the intention of the Trustees of the Indian River County Hospital District to ensure, to the best of their abilities, that approved funding requests for health services are consistent with the District’s Vision Statement and its funding guidelines. The Trustees recognize the importance of adapting and responding to change and encourage innovative approaches to meeting the health needs of the community. Every effort will be made to be objective, and use standardized decision methods and approaches in the review of agencies requests so all applications are treated consistently and fairly. The guidelines, which follow, are to be used as one of several considerations in funding agencies and programs.

Funding is distributed on an October 1 – September 30 cycle, although programs are not required to operate on the same fiscal year.


Applications will be made available to organizations on February 19, 2024 and shall be completed on the eCImpact platform no later than the April 1, 2024 deadline.

Apply Here on eCImpact


Hospital District Strategic Priorities:

Strategic Priority One: Focus efforts and investments on programs that strengthen primary care, behavioral/mental health, and prevention.

Strategic Priority Two: Improve access to healthcare services by reducing financial barriers.

Strategic Priority Three: Identify community-wide healthcare gaps through convening key stakeholders to facilitate collaboration toward potential solutions.

Strategic Priority Four: Demonstrate commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility of tax dollars invested for the future of Indian River County.


  • Support access to programs and services that strengthen primary care, behavioral health, and prevention.
  • Provide and maintain, Medical, Psychological/Psychiatric/Behavioral, Dental, Substance Use Disorder treatment and Home Health/Hospice healthcare programs and services as are needed for the general welfare of individuals and families of and in Indian River County.
  • Support programs and services which promote and improve the physical and mental health and well-being of all residents.
  • Provide for the connection to Specialty Medical and Psychological services.
  • Support programs that educate and prevent risky behaviors and substance (alcohol/drugs) use and abuse.
  • Provide for prenatal/postnatal care programs and services, particularly those improving birth outcomes and healthy behaviors.
  • Provide for, support and coordinate recruitment, training, and professional development of healthcare workers in Indian River County, which will ultimately improve service delivery and desired outcomes for all residents.


  • Copy of agencies Organizational Chart
  • Copy of Strategic Plan, if available
  • List of current Board of Directors
  • Total Agency Budget/ Program Budget (if requesting funds for multiple programs and/or services please provide a program/service budget for each).  Include alternate funding sources with amounts. (See Schedule 1 & Schedule 2; Program Budget Excel Spreadsheet)
  • Copy of most recent independent audited financial statement.
  • IRS 990, including schedules.
  • All agencies requesting funding will be required to submit progress reports on a semi-annual basis.
  • All agencies requesting funding will be required to submit a clear description of specific use of requested funds and the results to be achieved.
  • All agencies requesting funding will be required to provide meaningful measurable benchmarks and indicators of success. Please attach any survey or evaluation tools that are used to evaluate outcomes.
  • All agencies requesting funding are subject to a site visit by District staff.
  • All agencies awarded funding will be subject to an internal audit review by District staff.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024 - April 1, 2024

The 2024-2025 Hospital District’s Application for Funding will be available for completion on the eCImpact platform beginning Monday, February 19, 2024 and will close on Friday, March 29, 2024.



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