Broward Health looks to pay headhunting firm $300,000 to find a $950,000 CEO

Broward Health Interim CEO Pauline Grant, whose salary will be voted on Wednesday. Photo: Nova Southeastern University

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer supported Broward Health’s board of commissioners will be asked today to approve spending $300,000 for a search firm to find a new CEO whose total pay would be $950,000 a year.

Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

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By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Republican-led Broward Health paid $3 million in legal fees to firms tied to Gov. Rick Scott

The Foley & Lardner law firm recently removed from its Facebook page this photo of Gov. Scott paying a visit to its Jacksonville office on Aug. 24.  Pictured with the governor, left to right, are Scott's former environmental secretary Herschel Vinyard, office managing partner Kevin Hyde and Karen Bowling, Scott's ex-partner in the Solantic urgent-care clinic chain

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican-controlled Broward Health paid two law firms with strong ties to Republican Gov. Rick Scott more than $3 million in legal fees in the last 12 months.

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A plan takes shape to fix Miami-Dade’s CRAs

FAU professor Frank Schnidman and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella L. Cava

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade commissioners would take greater control of community redevelopment agencies under a proposal that would tighten oversight and reduce funding, yet also require many CRAs to set aside dollars for much-needed affordable housing they have yet to provide.

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New whistleblowers sue Plaza Health Network saying insiders milked nursing home chain

Plaza Health Network's headquarters at 1800 NE 168th St., North Miami Beach.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in four years, Miami Beach builder Russell Galbut and a nursing-home chain his family cofounded have been accused of illegal misconduct by a whistleblowing former executive.

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Broward Health deal exposes ethics loopholes big enough for multi-million dollar deals

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and Broward Health's late CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca was part of a “concerted campaign” to divert public Broward Health money to pay for a marketing campaign run by his employer, Zimmerman Advertising.

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Broward Health’s Republican board fires recently hired law firm of Democratic fundraiser

Broward Health's board during Wednesday's invocation

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Five weeks after hiring a Fort Lauderdale law firm to help it respond to a state review of its contracts, Broward Health’s governing board reversed course Wednesday and fired the firm.

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Tired of problems, Fort Lauderdale audits its community redevelopment agencies

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Fed up with project failures, management problems and possible city overcharges, Fort Lauderdale commissioners have ordered an extensive audit of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agencies.

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Broward Health lawyer: Gov. Scott’s IG “intent upon destroying” public healthcare system

Broward Health Special Legal Counsel Mitchell Berger at a   Feb. 17 board meeting

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
An attorney hired by Broward Health to assist in responding to a state review of the district’s contracts has accused Gov. Rick Scott’s chief inspector general of being “intent upon destroying the very concept of a community-owned and operated public healthcare system.”

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Regulators, automakers urged to warn parents about flawed seats

Kayla Davidson and her son, Maxx, who was four-years-old when he died in a rear-end collision in Memphis in April, 2014.

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
For decades, safety regulators and the auto industry have known that even in a moderate speed rear-end crash a driver or front seat passenger can slide out of the seat belt and be launched headfirst into the backseat, badly injuring a backseat passenger or being paralyzed or killed himself. Since the 1990s, authorities have instructed parents to put young children in the backseat to avoid injury from an inflating airbag. But critics say they have failed to provide another crucial piece of information: Due to the risk of seat failure in a rear collision, the safest place for a child is behind an unoccupied seat, or else behind the lightest person in the front.

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Broward Health e-mails detail pressure to complete $71.4 million, no-bid advertising deal

Zimmerman Advertising's Cypress Creek offices

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A politically connected advertising firm repeatedly pressured Broward Health staff to complete a no-bid, multi-million dollar contract despite the suicide of CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, the deal’s chief proponent.

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