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Commissioner Sean O'Bannon Reappointed to Health Care District Board

Sean O\Sean O’Bannon, a retired veteran fire administrator with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, was reappointed yesterday by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to serve a second, four-year term on the Health Care District Board of Commissioners. Mr. O’Bannon, who was first appointed as Commissioner in December 2016, says he looks forward to continuing to help meet the community’s healthcare needs, especially as the safety net system plays a key role in providing COVID-19 testing countywide.

“I’m excited to begin my second term on the Health Care District Board serving the citizens of Palm Beach County,” said Commissioner O’Bannon, who serves as Board Secretary. “The Health Care District is doing phenomenal work to provide safe, quality healthcare through all of its programs and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Commissioner O’Bannon served as the Division Chief of Operations for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue before retiring in 2012 after 35 years of service. During his career, he was a Chief Flight Medic on board the Health Care District’s Trauma Hawk air ambulances, where he provided lifesaving care to traumatically-injured patients.

“I look forward to Mr. O’Bannon’s ongoing leadership as a volunteer Commissioner on the Health Care District Board,” said Darcy J. Davis, Health Care District Chief Executive Officer. “Under the Board’s direction, we have expanded healthcare services while reducing property taxes to the lowest level in our 32-year history.”

The Health Care District is a public health system that staffs registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools and funds and oversees the county’s lifesaving Trauma System, which includes owning, operating and maintaining two FAA-certified Trauma Hawk air ambulances.  The Health Care District also provides medical, dental and behavioral health services for adult and pediatric patients with or without insurance at its C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics throughout the county.  In addition, the Health Care District operates a pharmacy program, operates the five-star Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach and provides acute care hospital services at its rural, teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, in Belle Glade.

The Health Care District is governed by a seven-member Board.  Three are appointed by the Governor of Florida: Leslie B. Daniels, Chair, Nancy C. Banner, Esq., Vice Chair and Edward G. Sabin. Three are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners: Sean O’Bannon, Secretary, Cory Neering and Tammy Jackson-Moore. The Director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County, Alina M. Alonso, MD, holds a standing seat.