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June 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 12

Broward Health Names Pauline Grant as Interim CEO

Broward Health named Pauline Grant, former CEO of Broward Health North, as its interim president and CEO. Grant becomes Broward Health's first female president and CEO. She replaces Kevin Fusco, who was appointed acting president and CEO to step in for the late Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.

Since 2003, Grant served as CEO of Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach, FL. She joined Broward Health in 1993 as director of primary care services and was promoted to VP of ambulatory care services in 1999. Grant holds a master of science from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Grant acknowledges these are challenging times for Broward Health. Most recently, the state office of inspector general opened an investigation and requested information about its previous contracts. Moody’s also downgraded the organization’s bond rating because of a decline in operating performance.
“We have been mindful of what is going on,” says Grant. “But we’re on the way to addressing all of the challenges we face. We have a process in place to ensure that we are in compliance with our contracting procedures. In addition, from a financial standpoint we need to make sure that we are financially viable and we’re making some significant progress there.”
In addition to addressing these challenges, Grant says above all, they need to continue to provide quality care to the residents of Broward County.
“Our biggest challenge is to make sure that every single day that we do that and we do that well,” she says. “We have to make sure that we keep our patients safe and that the patient experience is an outstanding and exceptional one. That means we have to listen attentively to our residents and the patients that we serve. As the needs change, we try to meet those needs.”
For example, Grant points to six new operating rooms and a new 52-bed emergency room being built at Broward Health North that will open by the end of the summer. In addition, Broward Health Coral Springs announced its hospital expansion project this past spring. Expected to be completed in 2018, the 110,000-square-foot expansion includes four floors of healthcare services that will meet the needs of patients and their families. The new project includes the following: labor and delivery, as well as C-section rooms for expectant mothers; 28 private mother/baby post-partum rooms; 10-bed NICU; 28 private medical/surgical beds; and shell space for future clinical services.
Projects like these are all aimed at providing greater access to quality, patient-centered care to residents in western Broward County, according to Grant. “This is a way to show our commitment to the community to meet the increasing needs of the populations we serve.”
What makes Broward Health different, notes Grant, is that not only do they provide an array of services to the community that covers all specialties and all areas of healthcare, but they are also a safety net for the community.
“We provide services to any patient or resident of Broward County who is uninsured or under-insured through our network of clinics in the community as well as in our hospitals,” she says.
Another way Broward Health serves the uninsured is through its Healthcare for the Homeless Program which offers an on-site Health Care Unit to provide physical examinations and evaluates the additional health concerns of each program participant.
Having been in healthcare for all of her working life, what’s most rewarding for Grant is simply knowing that everything that they do is to make a difference in someone’s life, whether it’s a patient or an employee.
“What I find most rewarding is to be able to coach and mentor those who I am responsible for and help them to develop into outstanding leaders,” she says. “I feel that is the most significant thing I can do—help those I am responsible for become better than I am.”
Grant is looking forward to leading Broward Health into the future. Broward is in the midst of developing its strategic initiative for the next 6 months, 12 months, and 3 years.
“This will serve as a roadmap for the future of Broward Health,” she says. “And it’s a future that holds much promise because of the great nucleus of physicians and employees we have. That is what makes us great—our entire team who is here every day providing tireless care for every single patient. We will be here years from now doing great things because we employ outstanding people and physicians. I see a bright and positive future for Broward Health.”

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