South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday May 18, 2021

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May 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 11


Shane Strum Named as President and CEO of Broward Health

Earlier this spring, the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners named Shane Strum as the new President and CEO of Broward Health, one of the 10 largest public health systems in the U.S.

A native of Broward County, Strum’s legacy of public service has spanned nearly 30 years. During that time, Strum has led initiatives that have lowered costs of prescription drugs, expanded telehealth services, improved transparency and quality in healthcare, and increased awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues throughout Florida. Strum says he was excited about this new opportunity in his hometown.
“I'm thrilled to continue my role in healthcare, particularly here in Broward County,” says Strum. “To have an opportunity to come back and be part of this community is unique and meaningful.”
Prior to joining Broward Health, Strum served as chief of staff to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Previously, Strum served as senior vice president at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, where he was part of an executive team that managed over 15,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $2.4 billion. He also oversaw Memorial’s strategic planning, marketing, community relations and global health functions. Before he joined Memorial’s executive team, Strum served on the South Broward Hospital District Board for several years, including two terms as chairman.
In his first week on the job at Broward Health, Strum says he hit the ground running.
"I've taken time to meet with internal and external teams, including senior staff, executives, and especially our caregivers on the frontline,” he says. “I feel very honored to be working alongside our caregivers, who have inspired me with their passion to enhance the quality of healthcare we provide.”
Strum plans on ramping up his short- and long-term strategies over the next 60 to 90 days.
“A primary goal is ensuring that our community has access to extremely high-quality care,” he says. “We want people to know that our hospitals are close to their home. I think one thing people don't realize is that we have a lot of competition in our backyard from other healthcare providers, but we do have a strong, large network throughout the County.”
Strum says that there have been tremendous efforts made to bring technology and advanced treatment to all Broward Health locations, which helps distinguish the system from other providers.
“I think as we build upon existing assets and find new ways to differentiate ourselves from many of the competitors in the South Florida marketplace, we'll continue to move the needle,” says Strum.
Making organizational contributions is a trend for Strum, who says he chose to join previous employers because there was something that needed to be accomplished – and he felt he could attain – to help make those businesses stronger.
“I feel I was able to identify and achieve specific goals for each of my former employers,” he says. “I look forward to doing the same thing at Broward Health. This system has significant opportunities, and I enter at a time when excitement and energy are high. The leadership team and I intend to capitalize on this momentum to successfully execute our short- and long-term strategies.”
Whether he was working in healthcare, higher education or government, Strum has always enjoyed serving the community.
“It's an amazing feeling giving back and helping people,” explains Strum. “Large healthcare systems, in particular, always do a tremendous job with community engagement. Not only are they helping on the frontline, but they're active in their local communities. When I was in the governor's office, the team and I were hands-on during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was inspiring how health systems effectively worked together. It was probably one of the few times we had an opportunity to collectively talk to all the hospital CEOs across the state of Florida, especially in South Florida, where we have a large population and a lot of hospitals. Everybody worked extremely well together. While they are competitors, there was a real spirit of collaboration.”
Strum hopes the community views Broward Health as a hometown hero—one which has been on the front lines long before the pandemic.
“You've seen Broward Health rise through the tragedy in Parkland, the pandemic and so many other instances,” he says. “Throughout those events, Broward Health was there for our patients and their loved ones. The community should be extremely proud that they can call Broward Health their provider of choice. They've got exemplary care, and it's available in their own backyard. I would encourage community members to become engaged with Broward Health and learn more. As the new CEO, that's something that I want to do as well. I want to be much more active, not only with the healthcare system and the employees, but also our community.”                                                                                                                  

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