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February 2008 - Volume 4 - Issue 8




Profile in Leadership: Broward Health President/CEO Tapped by Louisiana Governor-Elect to Lead Health Care Team

Governor-elect Bobby Jindal of Louisiana announced he has appointed Alan Levine to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) for the State of Louisiana.

Levine served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Health Policy Advisor and Secretary of Health Care Administration for Governor Jeb Bush prior to leading Broward Health. During his tenure in state government, Levine sought and received Legislative approval to make Florida the first state in the nation to publish hospital cost and quality information on the internet. Levine also helped lead the hospital and health care response to eight hurricanes in Florida, beginning with the 2004 record hurricane season. Florida’s response has since been cited as a model for other states. Levine also led Governor Bush’s effort to reform the medical liability system in Florida with those reforms now being credited in part for reducing medical malpractice insurance costs for physicians.

Other efforts included reforming the Medicaid system, successfully negotiating the first new open heart surgery program in Palm Beach county in twenty years, moving to close underperforming hospitals in the interest of patient safety and leading a statewide initiative to create the infrastructure for electronic health records.

"When Governor-elect Jindal called, it was clear he has both the determination to transform Louisiana and the mandate to do so," added Levine. "I am honored he asked me to return to public service."

As President/CEO of Broward Health, Levine sought and received legislative approval of the toughest ethics standards for public hospital boards. Broward Health’s bond ratings were increased by the two largest rating agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investor Services, with both agencies citing improved productivity, solid financial performance and a good strategic plan. Patient satisfaction at Broward Health’s various facilities has improved, in some cases from 66 percent to as high as 94 percent.

"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we extend sincere gratitude to Alan for the leadership he has provided in beginning the transformation of Broward Health," said Mike Fernandez, Chairman of the Board. "Alan’s record of success here is impressive. Governor-elect Jindal could not have chosen a better leader. Alan leaves Broward Health a much better organization with better patient satisfaction, an improved culture of performance, financially stronger - and he leaves us believing we can be one of America’s best public health systems. Personally, I will miss him, but I know he is pursuing an important passion, which is public health care policy."

The Board of Commissioners will begin an immediate search nationally for a replacement. Broward Health Chief Financial Officer Frank Nask has been named by the Board as the Interim President/CEO.

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