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Wednesday September 19, 2018
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August 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 2

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Broward Health CEO Beverly Capasso on Inspiring Leaders and Focusing on the Future

As president and chief executive officer of one of the 10 largest public healthcare systems in the nation, Beverly Capasso knows a thing or two about working with top leaders to ensure high quality care for the community. Under her guidance, the Broward Health team cared for those affected by the January 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport crisis and, most recently, the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Through these adversities, Broward Health displayed its ability to selflessly serve others.

“While our entire team was gravely impacted by the horrific events,” Capasso said. “I was overwhelmed by the dedication, expertise and compassion demonstrated by each and every member of our team. As a system, we came together and continue to help our community heal.”
 
Capasso has always had a passion for healthcare, beginning her career as a registered nurse in emergency care. Through her dedication to the delivery of high quality care and resolute focus on the patient, she worked her way up the ranks. Now leading Broward Health, she feels she is where she belongs.
 
“As a resident of Parkland who has dedicated an entire career to serving in South Florida, it is very rewarding to lead a system that impacts our immediate community so greatly,” Capasso said.
 
Broward Health, one of the county’s largest employers, has a workforce of more than 8,000 employees. Safeguarding the system’s mission of providing high quality care to those they serve can certainly bring challenges. For Capasso, the key is finding leaders who are passionate about what they do and who have an unwavering dedication to Broward Health’s patients and their families. Capasso also seeks team players who are interested in investing in relationships and who are respected and trusted by their peers.
 
“This type of leader demonstrates how to motivate the people around them while working toward a common goal,” Capasso said.
 
Once those leaders are on board, Capasso encourages them by being their advocate, listening and supporting their ideas to help them grow and move the system forward.
 
Supporting and encouraging confident decision making is pivotal to Capasso’s role as a leader of leaders. Some of the most important choices her team faces involve prioritization – each decision has an impact on the community, patients and physicians. Understanding the many needs involved and extending care to meet those needs in a fiscally responsible manner is a must.
 
“Every decision we make is important to someone,” she said. “I have found that if we always keep the patient at the heart of our choices, we stay true to our mission. Fortunately, we have a very talented team and the support of a Board of Commissioners that is very committed.”
 
Capasso also has a strong commitment to the next generation of professionals joining the workforce. Recently meeting with the 2018 class of Broward Health summer interns, she offered her advice regarding work ethics, becoming a strong leader and managing adversity.
 
“Work hard, listen to the people around you and always lead by making people better,” Capasso said. “Create a support team that you can rely on. Understand what you don’t know and ask for help. Work hard and then work harder, and lastly, it’s ok to fail at a young age. Failing is one of the best ways to learn and improve both on a personal and professional level.”
 
Regarding her own career goals, Capasso’s plan is simple in its complexity: continue driving Broward Health forward to provide the highest quality of care to the community.
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