Gov. Rick Scott names lawyer Linda Robison to hospital board
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed Linda Robison, a Pompano Beach mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer in the health care industry, to a vacancy on the board of the North Broward Hospital District. Robison, 67, replaces David Di Pietro, who resigned his seat last week after a judge had struck down Scott's suspension of him and ordered him reinstated.
Robison, 67, is a partner in the firm of Shutts & Bowen.The firm's web site says she "has significant experience representing healthcare providers, including hospitals." She served for the past several years as a Scott appointee to the Florida Commission on Ethics, where she also served as chairman.
The North Broward Hospital District, with a budget of $1.5 billion and 8,000 employees, collects property taxes from more than half of the homeowners and businesses in Broward County to operate a network of public hospitals. The district has been mired in controversy for month, and Scott's chief inspector general, Melinda Miguel, is conducting a review of the district's spending.
"I am sure that Linda will be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, which the board is entrusted to protect," Scott said in a statement. "I am confident she will faithfully serve Floridians with honor and dignity.”