After a drama-filled year for the Health Care District, Chair Philip Ward and board member Nancy Banner weathered the storm to get new terms courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott announced the re-appointments on Monday. Both were originally appointed by the governor in October 2011 and continued in their capacity on the board after their terms expired last year.
Ward is president and managing partner of Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm which he co-founded in 1987. He succeeded Carol A. Roberts as board chair last year.
The governor’s office said Ward is appointed to a term ended in September 2018, while Banner’s new term ends in September 2019.
The Health Care District has 1,200 employees and runs Trauma Hawk, Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, primary care clinics and school nurses, among other services.
Last year, the board refused to give then CEO Dr. Ron Wiewora a vote of confidence and he abruptly resigned. The district also weathered several audits – including one by the State Auditor General. It also found itself challenged by the sheriff’s office for control of Trauma Hawk.
It seemed to be courting further drama when it considered for the open CEO position at least two officials from scandal-ridden Broward Health – the public health system in that county – but ended up choosing in March internal candidate Darcy Davis.