As the president of South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association (SFHHA) for 22 years, Linda Slote Quick earned a reputation as a collaborator and coalition builder and a staunch supporter of those working in the healthcare industry. She once said that it was an honor to be in the same room with the people she represented—and they, in turn, felt the same.
On July 31, 2023, Ms. Quick, 75, passed away at her home, leaving behind a legacy that not only encompasses South Florida’s health and human services systems, but state and national health policy as well.
A lifelong Floridian, Ms. Quick received her bachelor’s degree in psychiatry from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1970, and her MSM from Florida International University in 1974. In her role as president of the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association (SFHHA), she worked with more than 50 hospitals, association members and affiliates in Broward, Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties providing advocacy at the local, state and national levels and educational programs for members.
During her tenure, Ms. Quick took on a number of leadership roles, including serving on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association, as the president of the American Health Planning Association, and as the chairperson of the Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations. She was on the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association and served on several AHA committees and task forces.
After retiring from SFHHA, Ms. Quick formed the Quick Bernstein Connections Group, where in her role as president she helped to connect people and organizations in human services and worked with a wide array of clients ranging from educational institutions and policymakers to foundations, the business community, and the media.
Ms. Quick also took an active volunteer role in the community, working with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, OneBlood of Florida, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Carrfour Supportive Housing, Camillus House & Health, the PACE program of Miami Jewish Health System, FIU’s President’s Council, and both the University of Miami and Barry University’s graduate programs in Health Administration.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Bernstein and children Allison and Joe and their families.