Broward Health Proposes Community Not-for-profit Status

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , September 27, 2010

Also, the change in status will allow the 501(c)(3) the option of conducting closed meetings away from public scrutiny. "That is not one of the issues that is driving us. We are being driven by market challenges," Nask says. "Whatever best works for the market challenges I think we are OK with. I'm not all that concerned about who comes to the board meetings."

The bidding process and negotiations with vendors also would become more private, which Nask says could be a good development. "With all due respect to the RFP public bidding process, that means that when somebody bids on something their prices are public information to all of their other vendors," he says. "While it seems like the best way to get the best price, I'm not sure we are getting the best price."

Scherer disagrees, and says that transparency is vital to retain public trust and accountability. "I was there for 17 years. I don?t know of any important business measure that open government hurt," he says.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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