After a year, Health Care District finally names Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ron Wierwora left the Health Care District of Palm Beach County after the Board in July 2015 surprisingly gave him a no-confidence vote after a series of bad audits and a failed attempted coup by the Sheriff’s Department to take over Trauma Hawk.

It should be noted, it took the district — which provides a health-care safety net on numerous fronts — more than year to officially fill Wiewora’s shoes as both CEO and Chief Medical Officer.

On Tuesday, Dr. Belma Andrić, was named to the chief medical officer position. She follows a decision by the Board to name Darcy Davis as CEO in March. Davis had served in various positions with the district before being tabbed to lead it.

March 25th, 2015 - West Palm Beach, Florida: Dr. Belma Andric, of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
Dr. Belma Andric is the new Chief Medical Office for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
Darcy Davis was named the CEO of the Health Care District in March.
Nick Romanello recently left the Health Care District after serving as general counsel.

In the meantime, the district lost Nicholas Romanello, its legal counsel. He resigned after being passed over for the CEO position in favor of Davis. The attorney is currently on the state Board of Medicine.

So Andrić joins a revamped leadership marshalling a district with a $200 million-plus budget and 1,200 employees. The district runs Trauma Hawk, Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, primary care clinics and school nurses, among other services.

Dr. Andrić will be responsible for quality and patient safety across the Health Care District and will directly supervise Trauma Hawk and patient safety departments, among other duties.

She previously served as medical director of the District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, which provides care to over 30,000 adult and pediatric patients annually. She oversaw eight clinic locations

“She brings her love of data analytics and performance outcomes to this new role,” Davis said. “Dr. Andrić is a demonstrated networker who is able to reach beyond institutional walls to attract, recruit and inspire our clinical team.”