14 apply to serve on Jackson Health System board

The board that runs Miami-Dade’s public hospital system will convene a nominating committee this week to select finalists for two openings. County commissioners will have final approval.

05/11/2014 4:25 PM

05/11/2014 4:26 PM

For the past year, the board that runs Jackson Health System has met without all seven members appointed to oversee Miami-Dade’s $1.5 billion-a-year public hospital network.

With one seat empty and a second vacancy set to occur in June when a current member’s term expires, a nominating committee for the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson will meet Wednesday to review 14 applications for two board openings — whittling the list of candidates to one nominee and two alternates for each seat.

The Miami-Dade County Commission ultimately will select and appoint the hospital board members from the recommendations this summer.

Among the applicants, who must be residents of Miami-Dade, are the president of St. Thomas University, a Miami deputy city attorney and a retired circuit court judge.

Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, 73, was appointed president of St. Thomas University in 1994, according to his application, where he lists a membership on the board of Carrfour Supportive Housing, a nonprofit that develops affordable housing and provides support services for the homeless.

Casale reported that he also is a past board member of Palmetto General Hospital and the former Parkway Regional Hospital, now Jackson North Medical Center.

Barnaby L. Min, Miami’s deputy city attorney, also applied for Jackson’s board. Min, 38, is in charge of land use and general government matters for Miami, and he served for a year as director of contract management for Jackson Health System. He’s also the former zoning administrator for Miami and a former assistant state attorney.

Also applying is Scott J. Silverman, who served as a Miami-Dade circuit judge from 1999 to 2012 and a county court judge from 1991 to 1999, according to his application. Silverman expresses in his application a desire to continue public service by serving on Jackson’s board.

“I am ever mindful,” he writes, “that Jackson is not only the first stop for many patients, it’s also their last hope.”

Irene Lipof, a Miami Dade College professor and current member of the Public Health Trust, also applied. Her term is due to expire on June 1.

Other applicants include: Peter L. Bermont, 69, a financial broker and advisor who chairs the Public Health Trust’s pension plan subcommittee and is a past board member and chair of Miami Children’s Hospital; Calixto Garcia, 58, a psychologist and president of the nonprofit Community Technological Institute of Miami; Michelle Garcia, 42, a former North Miami’s City Council candidate and current member of the city’s board of adjustment; Reed David Gordon, 64, an accountant and personal financial advisor who volunteers with Miami Jewish Health System; Raphael Hernandez, 36, a project manager for a roadway construction firm; Maha Joudi, 45, a client support director and entrepreneur; Daniel Kavanaugh, 80, a retired attorney and former committee counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives; Miles McGrane III, 66, an attorney who served on the Judicial Nominating Commission and the Judicial Qualifications Commission, and former counsel to Palm Springs General Hospital; Ralph Patino, 57, an attorney and board member of the Olympia Theater and the Mourning Family Foundation; and Victor Richards, 65, a retired physician.

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