Local Governments Recognize the Health Care District’s 30th Anniversary
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County was publicly recognized by the Board of County Commissioners and two other municipalities for its three decades of providing quality, safety net services. At the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners meeting on November 20, 2018, Commissioner Dave Kerner presented a proclamation recognizing the public safety net system for its 30th anniversary.
"From my personal perspective, from the heart, the Health Care District is, for those of us in the community that know of it and know the mission and purpose and the great work that the Health Care District does, it goes far beyond the Trauma Hawk System,” said Commissioner Kerner. “The scope and mission that you have is so broad and touches the most needy people in our County. To me, having the Health Care District authorized by referendum, is a reflection of the compassionate heart and nature of the citizens and voters of Palm Beach County. It's an honor to stand here with you today."
Darcy J. Davis, Health Care District CEO, along with members of the Health Care District’s Executive Team, proudly accepted the framed proclamation.
“I am honored to accept this on behalf of the Health Care District and on behalf of those that, thirty years ago, had the foresight to create such an innovative healthcare delivery system that is modeled around the world; I want to thank you,” said Ms. Davis. “We've come a long way in thirty years, and especially in the last few years with the support and collaboration of all of the Commissioners here and the staff: Verdenia, Todd, and Nancy and all of those that made this possible. So I look forward to another thirty years at least of health care safety net services in Palm Beach County and I thank you for the support and the recognition."
The Belle Glade City Commission recognized the Health Care District’s 30th anniversary at its public meeting on November 19, 2018. Mayor Steve Wilson noted that several of the Health Care District’s founders were from the Glades communities and he praised the District’s veteran employees for their more than 25 years of service. The Health Care District operates the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics in Belle Glade which provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services to adults and children regardless of their ability to pay. The District also owns and operates Lakeside Medical Center, a 70-bed, acute care, teaching hospital in Belle Glade that is accredited by The Joint Commission.
“They’ve been around providing health care to the folks who really need it so we want to say ‘Thank you for a job well done.’”
Upon accepting the proclamation, Ms. Davis stated, “As committed as those folks were 30 years ago, we’re still committed today.”
At its public meeting on November 20, 2018, Jupiter’s Town Council presented a proclamation honoring the District’s 30th anniversary. The Health Care District operates a C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ site in Jupiter, as well as Lantana, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, southwest Boca Raton, Delray Beach and a Mobile Health Clinic that cares for the homeless and underserved throughout the county.
After reading the proclamation, Mayor Todd Wodraska told Ms. Davis: “Congratulations. Here’s to another 30 years.”
“I’m honored to be here on behalf of almost 13-hundred employees at the Health Care District, our Board of Commissioners, and those in the community that thirty years ago had the foresight to vote for and create a health care safety net,” said Ms. Davis. “We are constantly balancing our mission and our obligation to the taxpayers and appreciate your continuing support.”
Also in attendance was Alina M. Alonso, MD, member of the Health Care District Board of Commissioners and the Director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County.
At the Delray Beach City Commission meeting on December 11, 2018, Mayor Shelly Petrolia presented a framed 30th anniversary proclamation to Belma Andrić, MD, MPH, the Health Care District’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President and Executive Director of Clinical Services and Karen A. Harris, the Health Care District’s Vice President of Field Operations.