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About Us

Serving the Health Needs of the Community For Over 30 Years

In 1988, Palm Beach County residents decided they wanted to invest in a healthier community. They voted to create the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, an independent taxing district that provides an array of health care services, such as:

We  are committed to providing quality health care in an efficient, fiscally responsible manner. We invite you to browse through the following pages to learn more about the Health Care District and the Palm Beach County residents –many just like you – whom we serve every day.




To be the health care safety net for Palm Beach County.


Meeting changes in health care to keep our community healthy.

We work to accomplish our mission and vision through various programs and services, including:

We are dedicated to the health of our community and committed to providing high-quality health care services to all residents of Palm Beach County in a fiscally responsible manner.


  • Integrity: Being committed to honesty, accountability, transparency and ethical standards.
  • Excellence: Achieving high quality outcomes through innovation, customer service, safety and continuous improvement.
  • Leadership: Providing progressive solutions to community health care needs in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Teamwork: Fostering cooperative and collaborative efforts in the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
  • Respect: Valuing a culture of inclusion and diversity built on trust, respect and compassion for all.


Board of Commissioners

The Health Care District is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis. Three Commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Florida, three by the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners and one is a representative of the State Department of Health. Commission terms are for four years. Commissioners may hold their appointments for a maximum of eight consecutive years.


Health Care District Executive Team

Darcy J. Davis, CEO
Darcy J. Davis
Chief Executive Officer
Steven Hurwitz, VP of Human Resources and Communications
Steven Hurwitz
VP & Chief Administrative Officer
Belma Andric, Chief Medical Officer
Belma Andric, MD, MPH
VP & Chief Medical Officer
Karen Harris, VP of Field Operations
Karen Harris
VP of Field Operations
Patty Lavely, VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer
Patty Lavely
VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer
Chief Clinical Integration Officer
Candice Abbott
VP & Chief Financial Officer
Karen Harris, VP of Field Operations
Bernabe A. Icaza
VP & General Counsel
Patty Lavely, VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer
Heather Bokor, MSM, CHC
VP & Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer




Senior Leadership Team

Image of Jamie Bell III, MD, MS
Jamie Bell III, MD, MS
Associate Vice President, Medical Director of Information Technology
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Jessica Cafarelli, CPA
Associate Vice President, Controller
Image of Tom Cleare, PhD, MBA
Tom Cleare, PhD, MBA
Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, Communications and Security
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Cindy Dupont
Associate Vice President, Enterprise Project Management Office and School Health
Image of Hyla Fritsch, PharmD, CPh
Hyla Fritsch, PharmD, CPh
Associate Vice President, Executive Director of Clinic Operations and Pharmacy Services
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Shelly Ann Lau
Associate Vice President, Administrator of the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Image of Janet Moreland, ARNP, MSN, LHRM
Janet Moreland
Associate Vice President, Administrator of Lakeside Medical Center
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Charlene Silvestri
Associate Vice President, IT Enterprise Applications and Business Intelligence