Broward Health rattled by corruption probes, may seek a new way to govern itself

Fort Lauderdale's Broward Health Medical Center, flagship of the North Broward Hospital District.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
“What a colossal mess!” That’s the opening salvo from the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury’s August 2010 report on ailing Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The same could be said today of Broward Health.

Jack Nicklaus in hot water with Justice Department over filled wetlands at golf club

The Bear's Club, co-developed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in legal hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice over construction work his companies performed on environmentally protected wetlands at The Bear’s Club, a 369-acre private golf course community in Jupiter which the six-time Masters champion co-developed in 1999.

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FBI corruption probe at Broward Health allegedly blocked by hospital district’s lawyer

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By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s Health’s general counsel failed to cooperate with the FBI, withheld evidence and protected an executive accused of attempting to rape several employees, according to an explosive e-mail sent last week by a private investigator hired by the late Dr. Nabil El Sanadi to look into alleged corruption at the public hospital system.

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In wake of El Sanadi suicide, Florida IG probes every Broward Health contract since 2012

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi's casket leaves Friday's funeral service at First Baptist church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Sun-Sentinel

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
As Gov. Rick Scott and hundreds of others paid their final respects Friday to Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health’s late president, Florida’s chief inspector general quietly opened a wide-ranging investigation into how the hospital district hands out millions of dollars in contracts.

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Broward Health warns doctors: sign new ethics rules or lose privileges to practice

Broward Health's urgent website message to doctors and staff over the weekend

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A doctors’ rebellion at Broward Health has prompted a stern warning from the hospital district’s board that their privileges to practice at its hospitals and clinics will be suspended if they don’t agree in writing to new ethics rules.

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The troubled road to redeveloping Miami’s Liberty Square

The Liberty Square public housing complex in Miami's  Liberty City neighborhood

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Since a Miami-Dade County selection committee ranked its $287-million proposal first among six firms last October, Atlantic Pacific Communities appeared to have the inside track at redeveloping Liberty Square – Miami-Dade’s oldest public-housing project. Now allegations of malfeasance surrounding Atlantic Pacific in an unrelated matter could derail the company’s chances.

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South Florida’s 10 worst nursing homes for seniors based on U.S. data

Miami's 180-bed Golden Glades Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was fined $138,841 by the federal government between 2013 and 2015. Photo: Francisco Alvarado

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Out of 145 nursing homes in South Florida 10 had incidents of negligent care so common that they received abysmal reviews from federal healthcare regulators. Read our report on the area’s worst nursing homes.

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Doubts raised about chemical stew in fragrances used in commercial products

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By Brian Joseph, FairWarning  For Joyce Miller, one sniff of scented laundry detergent can trigger an asthma attack. “What happens is I feel like someone is standing on my chest,” says the 57-year-old professor of library science in upstate New York. “It’s almost like a choking feeling – pressure and choking. And then the coughing […]

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Broward airport boss sought secret deal to drop county’s $34 million claim for delays

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's expanded south runway looking east over the U.S. 1 and railway tunnel structures.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two weeks before Broward County fired off a New Year’s Eve letter to contractor Tutor Perini demanding $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, county aviation boss Kent George tried to secretly negotiate a nearly opposite deal with the company.

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Bulldog Extra

By Rick Schmitt and Stuart Silverstein, FairWarning 

Owen Ouyang

Owen Ouyang

On a Saturday night in early December, while relaxing at his Martinez, Calif., home, Chinese exchange student Owen Ouyang decided to have some fun. He went out to the front yard and launched a sleek new drone he had recently purchased online for about $1,000.

The 2.8-pound drone, advertised as “easy to fly,” proved anything but. Soon after takeoff, the drone veered dangerously toward a power line. It then climbed more than 700 feet – right into the path of a California Highway Patrol helicopter. A head-on collision was averted only after the chopper’s crew made a sharp right-hand turn at the last moment. Full Story »

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