Indian River County Hospital District

Success Stories

The VNA mobile unit is great! Without them, I would be lost, without healthcare. Thank you. A great service in our community.

VNA mobile clinic is great. They treated me with respect and I’m glad they are here for people like me.

The staff was so helpful and extremely nice and professional. I’m so thankful Indian River County has the VNA mobile clinic available to help those like me in our community.

Providers were very excited to receive the wonderful, new clear masks. There was great appreciation for the increased social emotional connections and enhanced visual support for conversational exchanges with young children. It has proven to be invaluable during read-aloud activities, Circle Time and teacher-directed instruction. Thank you for making these successes possible during a challenging time.

I have no doubt that I wouldn’t be here right now to write this if it wasn’t for the We Care program. After moving back to Florida, I ended up in the “per-existing condition” category with regards to health insurance and didn’t know where to turn when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and Raeder Syndrome. My former doctor told me about this program and I had nothing to lose.

I was pleasantly surprised by the courteous and very professional help that I obtained from the program. I was able to be connected with the right doctors in short order to get my treatment started. And even more importantly, I was no longer an unfortunate “statistic.”

A woman was referred to the Healthy Start Program 23 weeks pregnant with severe depression. She had relocated and did not have a stable place to call home; therefore, she and her ex-partner decided that it would be best if their children stayed with him. This, of course, saddened the client because she was used to seeing her children every day, and with this move that was no longer possible. The distance between one state and the other was too much for her. She was referred to counseling, and in the meantime was seeking a new home.

By the time she was 29 weeks pregnant her ex-partner and the children had moved to Florida as well, which helped herwith her emotional state. She was now able to visit her children more often, reducing her feelings of depression. With the assistance and empowerment of the Healthy Start Program, at 38 weeks of gestation the client delivered a healthy baby boy.

While in the hospital she reported receiving services from the TLC program, which built her confidence in exclusively breastfeeding her child. Not only was she grateful for the services received in the hospital, but also for the services provided by the Home Nurse. She said that home nurse was caring, informative, and thorough in assisting her and her newborn. She also said the home nurse was helpful in answering her questions regarding breastfeeding as she observed and approved the way she was breastfeeding.

The client expressed thanks for Healthy Start services during her pregnancy, and has asked to continue receiving services for her newborn. She will be receiving baby wear training in the near future.

A woman began services with Healthy Start in the third trimester of her pregnancy. She had suffered domestic violence in her home, had a history of drug use, and was having a hard time dealing with her on-and-off depression. She was educated on the cycle of abuse and received Safe Space assistance. She was referred for counseling, which she said helped her tremendously.

She delivered a healthy baby boy at 40 weeks of gestation. She said she was well cared for at the hospital and recalls receiving great attention and help from the ladies in the TLC program, which motivated her to exclusively breastfeed. She also said she received exceptional care and services from the home nurse. She said the home nurse was attentive, knowledgeable, and hands-on, which provided comfort and confidence in her ability to succeed at breastfeeding and being an exceptional mom.

She received the Baby Box, which she said as very useful and a safe place to put the baby while she interacted with her daughters and kept a close eye on the infant simultaneously. The client received baby-wear training when her infant was six weeks of age. Eager to apply the skill she had learned, she would have on baby wear at other encounters with the care coordinator. She has repeatedly thanked the care coordinator and Healthy Start staff for all the assistance and services provided to her by the Healthy Start program in times where she felt down and alone.



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