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Our next Speaker:

K. Scott Wester, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Healthcare System

WHEN:

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Networking: 11:30 am

Program: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

WHERE:

BOATYARD

1555 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Lunch will be served

Moderated By:

Shane Strum
President and Chief Executive Officer
Broward Health

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K. Scott Wester, FACHE Bio

K. Scott Wester, FACHE is President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Healthcare System, a public, nonprofit hospital system nationally recognized for providing outstanding patient and family-centered care. Mr. Wester joined Memorial in July 2022, bringing 30 years of healthcare leadership in management and operations, finance, academia, philanthropy, and partnership building.

Mr. Wester most recently served as executive vice president, strategic partnerships and advocacy for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a nonprofit, faith-based health system in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There, he led a historic $250 million partnership
with Louisiana State University and the system’s Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the largest medical center in the state of Louisiana, which he simultaneously
served as president and chief executive officer.

During his tenure, Mr. Wester additionally grew Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s revenue from $500 million to $1.6 billion, and raised more than $55 million in
capital funding for a freestanding children’s hospital. A magna cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and classical humanities, Mr. Wester went on to earn his master’s of hospital and health administration (MHA) degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care, which awarded him its Regent’s Award in 2020, and he has served in numerous civic organizations.

Mr. Wester leads Memorial as it enters a pivotal chapter in its nearly 70-year history. As the system emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue new ways to provide its nationally recognized brand of care, Memorial’s digital advancements, diversity and health equity initiatives, and expanding Graduate Medical Education program will play important roles in that transition.

“I’m fortunate to have been an active participant in GME throughout my career,” Mr. Wester says. “GME features all the elements – clinical and educational activity, plus innovation – that a thriving healthcare system needs to think forward. Incorporating Memorial’s culture into
future generations of providers will be a recipe for great success.”

Mr. Wester believes Memorial’s culture strongly positions the system to lead healthcare’s transformation to postpandemic care. “Memorial’s shareholders are the community, and its
14,000 caregivers are an extension of that community,” he says. “Every caregiver here is an owner of the concept that Memorial is the place you go for healthcare – the indispensable provider for the complete health of patients and their families.”

Shane Strum Bio

With a legacy of public service spanning nearly three decades, Shane Strum is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broward Health, one of the nation’s 10 largest public healthcare systems with an operational budget of $1.2 billion and more than 8,200 employees.

A native of Broward County, Strum is a recognized leader with decades of executive experience. He 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 the state.

Before joining Broward Health, Strum served as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ chief of staff and led the Governor’s staff in implementing a $90 billion budget, overseeing 20 state agencies with more than 100,000 employees, gubernatorial appointments, and cabinet affairs. He also collaborated closely with Florida’s federal partners, healthcare providers, hospitals, local governments, community leaders, and private businesses to facilitate Florida’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to his work with the state, Strum served as senior vice president at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, where he was part of an executive team that managed more than 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. During his tenure, Strum’s accomplishments included growing social and digital platforms to enhance the healthcare system’s reputation, establishing additional lines of revenue, developing a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center, and collaborating on state and federal regulatory issues. 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 addition to his healthcare experience, Strum has exceled in higher education, having served as vice chancellor of Keiser University and director of corporate and government relations at Nova Southeastern University.

Strum is deeply committed to serving the local community and has sat on numerous boards throughout his career, including Broward College Foundation, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Florida TaxWatch, and the Broward Sheriff’s Foundation. He is also a founding board member of the Young Entrepreneurship Council for Huizenga School of Business, and former chairman of the Florida Community Health Network.

Strum earned his Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alabama.

 

THANKS TO OUR PREVIOUSLY INVITED SPEAKERS

Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright

Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools

 

RHODA MAE KERR

Fire Chief  
City of Fort Lauderdale

 

 

GINGER MARTIN

Chief Executive Officer 
American National Bank

KENNETH STILES

Chief Executive Officer 
Stiles

 

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JEANETTE NUNEZ

Lieutenant Governor of Florida

 

GINO SANTORIO, FACHE, MPA

President/Chief Executive Officer 
Broward Health

GREGORY ADAM HAILE

President 
Broward College

 

DR GERMAINE SMITH-BAUGH

President & CEO
Urban League of Broward County

 

SAM ROBBIN

President, CEO & Board Member
National Jets Inc.

 

CHANTAL LECONTE

Administrator and CEO
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Services for Memorial Healthcare System

 

ROB CERAVOLO

Chief Executive Officer
Tropic Ocean Airways

 

KIRILL TATARINOV

Chief Executive Officer
Citrix Systems, Inc.

 

HOWARD SALTZ

Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
Sun-Sentinal

MIKE BEEDLES

Global President
SATO Global Solutions

ANDREW DUFFEL

Chief Executive Officer
Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

 

LISA LUTOFF-PERLO

President & CEO
Celebrity Cruises

 

FRANK SACCO

Former Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Healthcare Systems

 GERARD VAN GRINSVEN

Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

 

ABDOL MOABERY

Chief Executive Officer
GA Telesis

 

JOHN P. ‘JACK’ SEILER

Mayor
City of Fort Lauderdale

 

KELLEY SHANLEY

President & Chief Executive Officer
Broward Center for the Performing Arts