Indian River County Hospital District

Special Meeting: March 26, 2019

Indian River County Hospital District
March 26, 2019
9:00 AM

ATTENDEES: Vicki Soule Pat Knipper
Angela G Ann Marie McCrystal
Allen Jones Jennifer Frederick
Ann Marie Suriano Nicholas Coppola
Tony Brown Jennifer Frederick
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

Convene Meeting – Allen Jones, Treasurer

Mr. Jones convened the meeting and stated that the purpose of the meeting was to allow any agencies who intend on responding to the Gifford Health Center RFP, an opportunity to ask for clarification on any requirements within the RFP document.

There was group discussion surrounding the office and medical equipment located at the Gifford Health Center. Mrs. Suriano indicated that since the District purchased most of the equipment when they built the center, she believes it to be District property. Additionally, she noted that the County Commission funded the purchased of replacement equipment through the Health Department, on behalf of the residents of Indian River County. She further stated that she has requested that Mrs. Hawker to prepare an inventory list of District owned equipment for her to review. In a phone call between the two, Mrs. Hawker indicated to her that over the years, the Health Department has used its own funds, provided by the County Commission, to replace old or broken equipment. The Health Department will need to go through the county procurement process to determine what the Health Department will and will not use. Mr. Jones stated that he would be a proponent of the District purchasing new office and medical equipment for the center, since much of it is outdated. It was further discussed that any entity responding to the RFP will need to address their equipment costs and needs within their response. Dr. Coppola indicated that he and an associate of his would be willing to walk through the center and assist with a budget for the items that will need to be replaced.

Mrs. Soule requested additional clarification concerning what is considered the ‘ramp up period’ and the expectation in patient volumes at the center. Mr. Jones stated that he would like the responding agency to list their true projected volumes. He explained that the numbers reflected in the RFP were projections of how many patient visits would be expected. They arrived at this number based off of the average volume at the clinic dating back to 2003, when the clinic was fully operational, and the last point of adult and pediatric services.

There was further discussion surrounding the hours at the clinic and if extended hours would be available. Mr. Brown indicated that extended hours would be beneficial to the community due to the fact that some residents seek medical care on the weekends or after 5:00 PM. Mrs. Knipper stated that the VNA is committed to assisting in this transition by placing the mobile unit at the center which is open until 7:00 PM. The group also discussed the importance of the new entity having a strong and trustworthy relationship with the community. Mr. Jones recommended that a Gifford Health Center Collaborative Committee be formed to keep communication lines open and have representatives from local agencies who have a better understanding of the community be part of this collaborative.

Dr. Coppola stated that the Mental Health Association is also committed to this transition but questioned whether they would need to submit a response to the RFP, since the MHA is not proposing to provide primary care. Mrs. Suriano explained that any agency who plans to provide services at the Gifford Health Center should complete the RFP and those sections relative to their service lines. Any items in the RFP that are not relative to the organization, may be skipped. The RFP responses are due back to the District on May 3rd, and will be opened for review at a public meeting on May 8th.

Public Comment- There was no public comment.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 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