New Blood at Broward Health Board?

A source at Broward Health tells us that the public hospital district CEO Frank Nask is walking with a skip in his step today, reportedly because he learned that Gov. Charlie Crist is close to appointing two new commissioners to the board.

There is one unfilled seat on the board -- the one belonging to former Commissioner Maureen Jaeger, who this past fall took a job with Sen. George LeMieux in Washington, D.C. Another commissioner, Rebecca Stoll, hasn't attended a board meeting since July, and she may also have lost interest in serving on the scandal-plagued panel.

If those commissioners are replaced in time for next Wednesday's scheduled board meeting, it could mean a stay of execution for Nask, who was facing

a board vote on his future. Commissioner Robert Bernstein wants to fire Nask. But two new commissioners would be unlikely to cast votes on such a monumental issue. Potentially, they could place Bernstein back in the commission minority, where he was for most of last year.

Crist's press secretary, Sterling Ivey, told me he had nothing about new appointments to the board.


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