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Health Care District’s CEO Shares the Agency’s Mission and Accomplishments with County Business Professionals

Darcy Davis speaking to Leadership Focus Group

From funding and overseeing the county’s nationally recognized Trauma System, to staffing registered nurses who care for students in nearly 170 public schools, the Health Care District’s diverse programs help keep our community healthy.  On January 31, 2019, Darcy J. Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, presented an overview of all of the District’s programs and services to this year's 60-member Leadership Focus participants.

Leadership Focus is a two-and-a-half day program offered by Leadership Palm Beach County that helps executives and professionals broaden their understanding of the community.

Ms. Davis explained how the Health Care District has provided a safety net of health care services to residents since 1988 and continues to expand access through its trauma and school health programs as well as its C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, which provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care for adults and children.  She also discussed the District’s health coverage programs for eligible uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, short and long-term skilled nursing at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach, and acute care at its teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which is accredited by The Joint Commission and serves the rural Glades’ communities. She also mentioned that the Health Care District also offers a structured grant process to agencies with compatible missions that serve county residents in need.

Sally D. Chester, who organized the event, introduced Ms. Davis and the Health Care District as the ultimate partner of Leadership Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County community.

Ms. Davis described the District’s upcoming projects, including the opening of an innovative Addiction Stabilization Center and expansion of the Clinics’ Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) for patients as well as the continued rollout of the Mobile Health Clinic for the homeless and underserved residents.

Students in Leadership Focus Group
HCD staff in the 2019 class

Health Care District staff participating in the 2019 class included Dawn Richards, Chief Financial Officer; Cindy Yarbrough, Chief Information Officer; Stephanie Dardanello, Administrator of the Health Care District's rural teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center; and Joe-Ann Hyppolite, the medical center’s Program/Operation Coordinator.