Broward Health will start lobbyist registration in June, according to CEO

Broward Health's board of commissioners at a meeting last month.

By Dan Christensen and Karla Bowsher
As Broward Health’s board of commissioners dithered last week about how to implement a 12-year-old, yet newly discovered lobbyist registration policy, reform-minded CEO Pauline Grant said she would have a registration system up and running in June.

Tainted water releases likely to continue even after Lake Okeechobee dike is refurbished

Crews install a partial cutoff wall in the middle of the Herbert Hoover Dike near Pahokee in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 21.4 miles of cutoff wall in the southeast side of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee from 2007-2013. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

By Ann Henson Feltgen
While Floridians are anticipating the completion of the renovation to the 75-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee during 2020, more water discharges, like those that occurred this winter, will likely be required after the work is complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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BSO offers answers about El Sanadi’s suicide, but even family can’t explain why

Broward Health Chief Executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi used a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver like this to kill himself on January 23, police say.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Last month’s shocking death by gunshot of Broward Health Chief Executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi is now officially classified a suicide, but why El Sanadi killed himself remains a mystery that even his family can’t explain.

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Company tied to Gov. Scott got Broward Health contract, gave $400K to his campaign

Gov. Rick Scott speaks about cancer research funding at 21st Century Oncology, April 10, 2014
Photo: Dania Maxwell/Political Fix Florida, the joint bureau of Naples Daily News / Tampa Tribune / Treasure Coast in Tallahassee.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
A cancer treatment company financially tied to Gov. Rick Scott that got a no-bid, 25-year contract from Broward Health in January 2012 later contributed nearly $400,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign, state records show.

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Broward Health gave company with financial ties to Gov. Scott 25-year, no-bid contract

Gov. Rick Scott announces plans to seek new cancer research funds during an April 2014 visit to the Fort Myers headquarters of 21st Century Oncology, a company in which he owns an indirect financial interest. Company chief executive Dr. Daniel Dosoretz is at far right. Photo: NBC-2, WBBH Fort Myers

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
An oncology company financially connected to Gov. Rick Scott got a no-bid contract four years ago from taxpayer-supported Broward Health for as long as 25 years – an unprecedented term. Scott was an investor in a private equity firm that owns 21st Century Oncology, state records show.

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Fort Lauderdale federal grand jury subpoenas Broward Health’s purchasing records


By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
A Fort Lauderdale federal grand jury has slapped a subpoena on Broward Health demanding records related to an ongoing FBI investigation focused on its purchasing practices, two knowledgeable sources have told

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Broward Health’s $71.4 million, no-bid advertising deal with Zimmerman delayed by suicide

Jordan Zimmerman, left, advertising firm founder and Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, late chief executive of Broward Health

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
Broward Health’s plan to award a no-bid advertising contract worth as much as $71.4 million over six years to a politically connected advertising firm was interrupted last month after hospital district chief executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi killed himself.

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Broward Health halts public meeting on alleged interference with FBI probe


By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
A public meeting called to discuss whether the North Broward Hospital District’s top lawyer Lynn Barrett deliberately obstructed an FBI investigation was shut down yesterday on her advice.

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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
“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.

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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
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


By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
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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