Broward Health Foundation Board of Directors

The primary role of the Board of Directors of the Broward Health Foundation is to act as stewards for the Foundation by supporting its operations, staff and financial well-being, as well as meeting the future challenges that may arise from working within an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Robert Birdsong, Chair
Robert “Bob,” moved to South Florida at the age of 7 and attended Nova Middle and High Schools. Birdsong attended Michigan State University and left after being accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Bob served 10 years in the Navy on nuclear submarines as a nuclear engineer and as an instructor and Division Officer in Naval Nuclear Power School and Naval Nuclear Field “A” School. Upon leaving the Navy in 1990, Bob went to work for OK Generators as a Service Technician. He purchased the company with a partner in 1998 and bought out the partner in 2004. He completed his second degree in Electrical Technologies at NYU in 2003. Bob is currently an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Construction Executives Association, the Association of Building Contractors, and the Construction Association of South Florida. He is also a board member of Six Degrees of Golf and Broward 2-1-1. Bob is a corporate partner with and a contributor to Broward Health Medical Center and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health. He also contributes to Broward YMCA, Urban Youth Impact, March of Dimes, and Inspiration University.

Bob has three children: Bradley, Rachel, and Sarah.

Ken Ortner, Treasurer
Ken is a certified public accountant and is president of the local Fort Lauderdale firm, Kenneth A. Ortner, P.A. He has over 25 years of experience serving the international tax community, high net worth individuals, professional service firms, not-for-profit entities, and the real estate industry. In addition to serving as a board member for Broward Health Foundation, Ken is a Past Chairman and currently Treasurer of Winterfest, Inc., a board member of the Downtown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. He has served as treasurer of South Andrews Business Association (SABA) and Broward Education Foundation and as President of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Ken also served on several other civic and not-for-profit boards and is a graduate of Leadership Broward, Class IV.

Ken and his wife live in Fort Lauderdale, and he has two grown daughters.

David H. Ring, Jr., MD, Secretary
Dr. Ring is the president of North Broward Radiologists, P.A. located in Fort Lauderdale. He completed a Fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at National Naval Medical Center/ National Capital Consortium. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Miami. His military history includes serving as a General Radiologist/Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, Naval Hospital Jacksonville; a Flight Surgeon/Medical Division Officer for Second Marine Airwing. His certifications include American Board of Radiology, Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology 1999 and American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, 2002. He is a member of several professional societies, including Society of Interventional Radiology, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and American Medical Association. Honors include Chief Resident, National Naval Medical Center, Department of Radiology, 1998-1999, Resident of the Year, 1998-1999, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 1995, Richard E. Leuhers Flight Surgeon of the Year for MWSG 27 and MWSS 274, 1994, Health Professions Scholarship Program, 1987-1991, University of Miami Honors Program, Mensa, Lifetime Member 2005 and Sons of the American Revolution 2009.
Maureen Spieker Canada
Maureen is a former member of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. A lifelong resident of Broward County, Maureen was born in Ft. Lauderdale and grew up in Pompano Beach. She received her associate’s degree from Broward College and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Communications. Maureen has held several positions in operations management in the healthcare industry. She worked for Chiron Vision in Southern California, a nationally known manufacturer of optical equipment. After several years there, she returned to south Florida and took a position with Zenith Goldline. In 1996, she answered the call to take charge of the family business, the Lighthouse Point Marina. The marina has been a mainstay in the Lighthouse Point business community for 50 years and was awarded the prestigious Clean Marina recognition from the state of Florida for upholding the highest environmental standards. The marina also sponsors many civic projects and is a founding member of the Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce. Along with her siblings, Maureen developed the Tillotson Square townhomes at the marina. In 2010, they diversified into the restaurant business and also own and operate the Nauti Dawg Marina Café.

Maureen has an extensive business background and deep community roots that drive her commitment to public service. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach, is a recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award, and has served on its board. Maureen also serves on the Board of Junior Achievement of South Florida and participates on the Community Relations Council for Broward Health North. She lives with her family in Lighthouse Point.

Tatiana Eyzaguirre
Tatiana Eyzaguirre is Team Lead Senior Vice President Private Client Group for City National Bank in Fort Lauderdale. She is very involved in the community having served as a past honoree as Hispanic Woman of Distinction, former treasurer of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, former board member of the Americas Community Center of Broward and Dade County, is a mentor for the finance program at Broward College, member of the Youth C-AP program in Dade County and is a mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Organization. Tatiana attended both Miami Dade College and Florida International University.
Anita R. Finley
Anita is publisher and founder of Boomer Times & Senior Life, part of Senior Life Communications Group, Inc., a South Florida magazine serving seniors and Baby Boomers. She also serves as publisher of the online edition of Boomer Times & Senior Life. She is owner and operator of “SMART”-sensitivity training for businesses dealing with elder clients and customers and employees for their personal caregiving responsibilities and serves as president of Senior Life Communications Group, Inc., the umbrella entity for (BoomerTimes & SeniorLife Magazine, STARS radio show, BoomerTimes & SeniorLife Internet edition, TV shows; Expos/Symposiums). Anita received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from International College of The Cayman Islands, and she holds a Masters of Professional Services degree from Lynn University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sam Houston State University. Anita is an accomplished writer having co-authored Live To Be 100 Plus, has served as columnist for the Broward edition of The Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post. She has an extensive background in both television and radio and currently hosts several weekly radio shows including “Cutting Edge Medicine & Science,” “S.T.A.R.S” (Seniors Taking Active Roles in Society) and “Boomer Times & Senior Life.” She can also be heard on national radio shows commenting on subjects relating to seniors and Baby Boomers. She is the recipient of several awards, including “Woman of the Year” for contributions made to older citizens in Huntsville, Texas; “Business & The Arts” Award, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida, for outstanding support and exemplary involvement as a business leader toward advancement of the Arts in Palm Beach County and “Women In Communications STAR Award,” presented by the Palm Beach County Professional Chapter of Women in Communication.

Anita has three children and nine grandchildren (2 sets of triplets), has an enthusiastic and vibrant personality and a passion for helping boomers and seniors live a long and high quality life.

Douglas Ford, MD
Dr. Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Boston College and a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He is employed by Healthcare Performance Anesco and his experience includes trauma, cardiovascular, orthopedics, neurosurgery, OB and pain management. He recently served as Chief of Staff at Broward Health North and has served on past committees including Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; Credentials and Qualifications Committee; Invasive Procedure Committee; Multidisciplinary Trauma; and Peer Review Committee. Dr. Ford’s hobbies include bicycling, SCUBA diving, photography and he even bicycled across the USA (4,900 miles in 79 days).
Joel K. Gustafson
Joel is a former member of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. He is a retired attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to retirement, he was with the firm Holland and Knight, LLP. He served as District Director to U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr., from 2002 to 2007. Prior to his position with the U.S. Congress, he was appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics by four separate Governors between 1978 and 2004. In 1974, he received a presidential appointment to the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a Florida State Representative from 1967 to 1972. A 46-year resident of Broward County, Joel has actively participated in the community both civically and professionally. Formerly, he was Chair of the Broward Alliance, a Board Member of the Florida Chamber, Co-Chair of the Host Committee of two Super Bowls and one Breeder’s Cup and he served on the Orange Bowl Committee. He is currently a Board Member of Henderson Mental Health Center.

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He and his wife, Judyth, have three children and five grandchildren.

Rosy Lopez
Rosy Lopez is the Founder & CEO of Rosy Strategies, an Integrated Marketing company providing businesses with a collaborative approach to maximizing their visibility through Marketing, Public Relations, Branding, Web Development, SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing.

With more than 25 years as a senior marketing executive working in house, Rosy has overseen the business development and marketing initiatives of several top AmLaw firms. Her extensive experience in all marketing disciplines includes community relations/corporate responsibility programs, PR, branding, competitive analysis, public speaking, coaching, budget development and management. Rosy works closely with a company’s leadership team in developing and implementing short and long-term strategic plans and tactics that result in measurable growth of business. Rosy is the 2014 Apogee Award Honoree for Chief Marketing Officer of Broward County by South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine.

Rosy currently serves as Chair of Women United for the United Way of Broward County. Women United mobilizes women donors to become powerful philanthropists and community change leaders. She is also a Founding Forty Member of the United Way of Broward County’s Envision United. In addition, Rosy serves on the Board of Directors for ARC Broward. This nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization provides services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various life challenges. She also serves on the Winterfest Advisory Board. Winterfest is best known for its one of a kind Boat Parade that has an economic impact on Broward County of over $48 million per year. Rosy received her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Marketing and Management from the University of Miami School of Business.

Ahmed F. Osman, MD
Ahmed F. Osman, MD is the Founding Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist for Florida Heart Rhythm Specialists, PLLC and is the Medical Director for the Cardiac EP lab at Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Osman is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, is a voluntary clinical assistant professor at Florida International University and an affiliated assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Osman attended medical school at Cairo University and completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans and a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, division of Cardiology at University of Maryland Medical Center. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Distinguished Physician Award at Broward Health, the recipient of the Ochsner Foundation Award for Excellence and the Samuel Foch award at Norwalk Hospital, Yale.
Eduardo A. Otero, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Otero is the regional vice president, South Region, Florida Market, for MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group. Previously he served as corporate medical director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. He has also served as market director of operations as well as director of operations, Atlantic Region, for Pediatrix Medical Group.

Dr. Otero earned his MBA from the University of Miami; post doctoral fellowship, neonatal-perinatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital; Residency, General Pediatrics, Austin Pediatric Education Program, Austin Children’s Hospital, where he also served as chief resident, Pediatrics; and earned his medical degree at University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

He is a member of the board of trustees for Barry University: Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Member, Florida Pediatric Society, Chairperson of the Neonatology Committee and the Newborn Committee, Broward Health Medical Center and has earned a Six Sigma Champion certification.

Patricia Rowe-King, MD
Patricia Rowe-King, M.D., is the past Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for Broward Health Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. In addition, she has served as a pediatric hospitalist since 1997 and is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Services at Broward Health for EmCare, and the Pediatric Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program.

Dr. Rowe-King graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University where she graduated Cum Laude.

Dr. Rowe-King has several passions which include being the past Chair of the Credentialing and Qualifications Committee at Broward Health Medical Center. She serves as a Physician Committee member on the State of Florida Children’s Medical Services Physician Review Committee.

Dr. Rowe-King has a vested interest in the delivery of complex medical care to children with special needs. Beginning in 2003 until 2006, she served as Medical Director of the Children’s Multidisciplinary Assessment Team of Children’s Medical Services for Broward County and currently serves on Community Advocacy Boards.

Dr. Rowe-King has committed herself to the development of healthcare service in underserved rural communities. She has been the Medical Mission Team Director of “Friends Reaching Friends,” a nonprofit organization that conducts mission work in the Caribbean and South America. She has led the Medical Mission Team to the Dominican Republic and Belize for 15 years and has been accompanied by pediatricians, gynecologists, nurse practitioners and staff nurses from Broward Health. In these underserved communities, pediatric clinics are set up and run from homes and area schools.

Dr. Rowe-King is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida International University and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.

Gino Santorio

Gino is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Broward Health

Christopher T. Ure

Christopher Ure is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the North Broward Hospital District.

Dan M. Westphal, MD, MBA, FCCP, CMQ

Dr. Westphal is the Chief Medical Officer for Broward Health. Prior to joining Broward Health, he served in a number of executive positions at local hospitals, including as Director of Medical Affairs at Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Chief Medical Officer at Florida Medical Center, and Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff at Broward Health North, to name a few. Dr. Westphal earned an MBA with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University, his MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a BA from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He is a member of the Broward County Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physician, Inc. and the American College of Medical Quality.

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