As is my practice, I attended the Broward Health Board meeting yesterday, and, except for a predictable push back and sad ad hominem attack on this successful blog through a weak attempt at character assassination, apparently orchestrated by Chairman David Di Pietro through John Degroot, the meeting was remarkably professional and well run.
Absent from the meeting were the smug insider winks and nods of obscured agendas so characteristic of recent meetings, and discussions from the Board and CEO Nabil El Sanandi were both direct and on point.
Holy transformation – I kept looking around making sure I was at the right meeting.
The only clever gotcha that occurred was a carefully choreographed “walk on” item to restore the Pediatric Neonatal ICU at Coral Springs that was closed in 2013 for “fiscal” reasons, but not medical reasons. Since this item was a walk on, and emotionally argued, the full reasons for the closure in 2013 were never presented by Dr. El Sanadi even though he certainly had the full report that served as the basis for the closure in 2013. Nevertheless, if one separated out the emotional arguments, what was left was persuasive, and had I been on the board, I would have gone along with the unanimous vote to reopen the unit at Coral Springs.
This is a good segue way into an important discussion about this blog as a continuation of its purpose (Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Why this Blog exists) and scope (It’s none of your business! Really?). Certainly, I intend this blog to have “red meat” posts that will open up insider double dealing, fast talking and clever maneuvers designed to obfuscate Broward Health’s true purpose. Some of the posts will deal with the seemingly bad actors on the Board and CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi in direct and revealing terms, but whether it be criticism or praise – it is always about their official action or inaction. The Broward Health Board members, and the officers they specifically appoint are public officials under Florida Law. Only these public officials will be identified by name in posts. Even further, their private lives are not relevant in posts on this blog, except to the extent that they involve the public actions and duties of their positions with Broward Health.
As an example, Dr. El Sanadi is, by reputation, a fine physician and clinician. His appointment as CEO and his actions as CEO, including potential conflicts with his other personal businesses, are relevant to this blog. Any criticism of Dr. El Sanadi in this blog is directed to him as a CEO, a public official.
Another example, David Di Pietro, the current chair of the Broward Health Board is also an attorney. I have witnessed his abilities as a lawyer, and can easily commend his legal services. But, as is evident from many of my posts, I have a real concerns with his stewardship as a Broward Health board member, let alone as chair of the board.
This blog will continue expose how the “sausage” is made at Broward Health, and continue to stimulate a robust conversation on the purpose and practices of our Broward health public hospital. Along the way, you should expect some really good “red meat” posts, and being human, from time to time, I will swerve off my path and address actions like the ad hominem attack on me by Mr. Degroot, even though his actions are less than a whisper in a wind storm.
Stay tuned. Next week, a multi-part series of stories will be posted – likely one each day. You won’t want to miss it. Lots of “red meat”!