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
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

Broward Health hq

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
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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Suspended Broward Health board chairman sues Gov. Scott saying removal not lawful

Gov. Rick Scott, left, and suspended Broward Health board chairman David Di Pietro

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward Health Board Chairman David Di Pietro citing the “grave concerns” of his chief inspector general that board members might be interfering with her ongoing investigation. On Tuesday, Di Pietro fought back with an unusual civil lawsuit challenging Scott’s authority to suspend him. The suit also asks a Broward judge to order Scott to reinstate him to Broward Health’s board.

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On March 11 the Florida Bulldog incorrectly reported that in October 2014 a Florida limited liability company owned by Palm Beach developer Nicholas Mastroianni II purchased a Manhattan penthouse at 230 East 63rd Street. In fact, the penthouse was purchased by a Delaware limited liability corporation with the same name, 230 East 63rd-6 Trust LLC.
The story also reported that the Florida-based 230 East 63rd-6 Trust LLC donated a total of $50,000 to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, a super PAC supporting the Senate campaign of Rep. Patrick Murphy, in two contributions on Sept. 2 and Dec. 14, 2015. However, it is not known whether the Florida LLC or the Delaware LLC made the two $25,000 contributions. An attorney for Mastroianni contends that the Delaware LLC made them. The contribution reports filed by Floridians for a Strong Middle Class do not state which of the two companies made the contributions.

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Florida Attorney General demands Broward Health pay $5.3 million for Medicaid fraud

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

By Dan Christensen
The Florida Attorney General’s office has demanded that Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower investigation.

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Broward Health boots CEO amid staff warnings, new demands for records from Gov. Scott

Broward Health's new Interim CEO/President Pauline Grant is welcomed Wednesday by Commissioner Christopher T. Ure

By Dan Christensen
Amid a sweeping new demand for records from the governor’s office, Broward Health’s governing board voted Wednesday to replace its chief executive and put its controversial general counsel on a 30-day review plan.

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Broward Health hospice contractor VITAS denies admission to dying, indigent inmate

Publicity photo for VITAS Healthcare's inpatient hospice unit at Broward Health North

By Dan Christensen
A dying homeless man ordered released from jail Friday so he could be sent for hospice care at Broward Health was instead denied admission to hospice after he refused to sign a form, according to email obtained by

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Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign refuses to disclose true source of loans

Ted Cruz running for the U.S. Senate in 2012

By Francisco Alvarado
While Ted Cruz was barnstorming Florida last week, the treasurer for his 2012 U.S. Senate bid was refusing to answer a routine inquiry by the Federal Elections Commission to determine where the Texas Republican got the money to loan his Senate campaign as much as $1,000,000.

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Florida education on trial; Lawsuit seeks to redefine public education to benefit poor


By Eric Barton
A case that could fundamentally change how Florida funds and administers education is center stage in a trial that begins next Monday in a Tallahassee courtroom.

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Broward Health CEO paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money to fired execs

Broward Health Acting President/CEO Kevin Fusco, left, with Interim Chief Financial Officer Arthur Wallace III at a recent board meeting.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Acting Broward Health President/CEO Kevin Fusco apparently exceeded his spending authority last month when he signed a deal to pay more than $400,000 in hush money to a district executive who was fired after publicly criticizing a proposed $71.4 million, no-bid advertising contract. The same day, Fusco signed a second deal to pay another Broward Health Medical Center $537,000 to go away quietly.

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Advertising mogul threw fundraiser for chairman’s wife amid Broward Health deals

Jordan Zimmerman is flanked by Broward Health Commissioners Darryl Wright, left, and David Di Pietro at last June's fundraiser for Judge Nina Di Pietro. Photo: Downtown Photo, Fort Lauderdale

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
Just seven weeks after signing a $2.1 million-a-year no-bid contract with Broward Health, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman threw a political fundraiser for the wife of the hospital district’s chairman.

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