A Couple Million Dollars in Cost-Cutting Not Enough to Keep Former Broward Health Attorney in Job
These findings suggest that whatever outrage there was over the political friendships that helped Seidman get hired in March 2006, there ought to have been even more outrage for the apparent political reasons she was pushed out the door two years later.
The legal department at the $1 billion district has been in a state of flux since September 2005, when Scherer was ousted. (For more on that move, check out this 2004 article by Bob Norman.)
Based on this memo, which turned up during an internal investigation, Seidman clashed with Commissioner Rebecca Stoll, among others on the board. In the memo, Seidman informed the Broward Health compliance department that Stoll acted improperly by lobbying the hospital district staff to make a $10,000 donation to a favorite charity, the Museum of Science and Discovery in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Their relationship became even more strained, said Seidman in the memo, after the general counsel refused to participate in a plot by Stoll and her husband, attorney Steve Stoll, to oust then-CEO Alan Levine. Seidman claimed the couple threatened to file a bar complaint against her.
From a Juice post this past August:
In the document, which Board Chair Mike Fernandez read to Seidman at the meeting, the general counsel was accused of "excessive absenteeism" and delegating "almost everything" in the legal department to her subordinates. That staff had grown under Seidman, it said, and yet her general counsel's office was sending out a great many legal bills to outside firms, a habit that made additional legal expenses for the district, which has funded partially through taxes. It had become evident, according to the commissioners' statement, that Seidman had a "lack of substantive knowledge of health care laws."It was a clear signal that Seidman's days at the district were numbered.