BY BUDDY NEVINS
Now that Gov. Charlie Crist has dumped four members of the North Broward Hospital District’s governing board, the six-figure crowd that runs the public health care system should start dusting off their resumes.
Sources at the district expect a shakeup of the administrative staff, who work for the commissioners.
Such a shakeup could destabilize the district for months. I wonder whether disruptions at the top could weaken the morale among staff members who deal with patients?
The district uses tax money to run four public hospitals — Broward General, North Broward, Imperial Point and Coral Springs Medical Centers — and clinics.
Under federal and state investigations for inside dealing, the district needs a change of direction.
But sources who work at the district say it is not enough to get rid of district commissioners. Some of the higher ups, who turned a blind eye to the machinations, have to go, too.
We’ll have to see if that happens.
Meanwhile, Crist appears be have made great choices.
Joel Gustafson, who I have known for years, was Republican when it wasn’t popular to be a Republican in the South. He was one of Broward’s first GOP office holders, swept into the state House in 1967.
Most important, Gustafson is Broward’s Mr. Ethics.
He earned that title by being appointed to the state Commission on Ethics beginning in 1977 by three Democratic governors – Reubin Askew, Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles. After a short period off the commission, he received a fourth appointment in Nov. 2001 by Gov. Jeb Bush.
If it is something the hospital district needs, it is an ethical compass. Gustafson can be that compass.
Clarence McKee has a long history of achievement in business, especially in the media.
Jennifer Anderson also knows business, but from a public service perspective. That is exactly what is needed at a public hospital district.
She is the president and chief executive officer of United Way of Broward County since 2008. Previously, she was the chief of staff at Florida Atlantic University.
Richard Paul-Hus impressed me in 2004 as a sober, sincere House candidate, who lost to state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. He’s a construction industry type.