Erica Whitfield Joins Health Care District Board as Newly-Appointed Commissioner
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners welcomed its newest member, Erica Whitfield, at the Board’s public meeting on March 24, 2022. Ms. Whitfield was officially sworn in by Commissioner Leslie B. Daniels, Board Chair, following her recent appointment by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to serve a four-year-term.
“I am so pleased to have been appointed by the County Commissioners to the governing board of the Health Care District,” said Ms. Whitfield. “When I first moved to Palm Beach County and began work at the Health Department, I remember looking with admiration at the Health Care District Board. I thought how special it was that our community had voted to prioritize health care in such a significant way. It is my honor to now be able to serve the people of Palm Beach County in this organization that I feel is so vital to our success as a community.”
Ms. Whitfield serves as a member of the Palm Beach County School Board representing District 4. Prior to her service on the School Board, Ms. Whitfield’s work at the Palm Beach County Health Department focused on chronic disease education and community partnerships. During her career at the School District of Palm Beach County, Ms. Whitfield served as the project coordinator for the Robert Wood Johnson, “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities” grant and as a wellness coordinator for the School Food Service department. The native Floridian is passionate about the community as well as the health, achievement and success of children.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Whitfield to the Health Care District Board,” said Darcy J. Davis, Health Care District CEO. “Her leadership on the School Board, her accomplishments in public health, and her advocacy for a healthier community make her an asset to governance and the residents we serve.”
“Ms. Whitfield’s experience will aid the Health Care District in pursuing its mission to be the healthcare safety net for Palm Beach County,” said Leslie B. Daniels, Board Chair. “I look forward to working with her on the Board as our unique health care system continues to advance quality services safely and efficiently.”
In addition to its diverse range of healthcare programs, the Health Care District is a leader in the countywide COVID-19 response, from mobilizing the first mass vaccination and drive-thru testing sites to ongoing efforts in its primary care clinics and school health program that serve and safeguard adults and children.
Ms. Whitfield fills the seat held by Commissioner Cory Neering whose term expired. She joins Health Care District Board members Leslie B. Daniels, Chair; Alina M. Alonso, MD, Vice Chair and Director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County; Edward G. Sabin, Secretary; Nancy C. Banner, Esq.; Sean O’Bannon and Tammy Jackson-Moore.
“My work over these last almost 20 years has been focused on the impact that governmental organizations can have on our community,” Ms. Whitfield said. “I believe this work directly translates to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and its efforts.”
About the Health Care District
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County provides primary medical care and dental services for adults and children at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, a coordinated and lifesaving Trauma System that includes two FAA-certified Trauma Hawk air ambulances, registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools, 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.
About the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS25684 for Health Center Cluster in the award amount of $7,278,563. Of the total project, 83% is financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics were granted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deeming status effective January 1, 2022.