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12/15/2017 ISSUE 50


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Vero Electric sale SPECIAL REPORT
to FPL seems to be
moving smoothly Four suitors vie to take over Indian River Medical Center

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer Nothing else that occurs in Vero Beach in years, in some specialties, a very good – PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
[email protected] 2018 will be as important to the future of our community hospital.
community as choosing the right healthcare nizations – each clearly interested in expand-
Vero Beach is hoping to com- system to take over operation of the Indian But now, at a time of rapid change in ing to Vero – made two-hour presentations to
plete the sale of its electric utility to River Medical Center. healthcare, local hospitals – including IRMC the directors of IRMC and the trustees of the
Florida Power and Light by October – are struggling. The outlook is not encour- Indian River County Hospital District.
2018. With that in mind, the City This is our hospital. This is the place you aging. Yet, out of these financial challenges,
Council last week approved resolu- will be rushed to if a medical emergency unexpectedly comes an opportunity to elevate Vero News staff writer Michelle Genz
tions that would end the city’s con- occurs in the middle of the night. This is our hospital to a higher level. was the only journalist present through all
tracts with the Florida Municipal where split-second decisions may mean life of these meetings. We strongly urge you to
Power Agency and its ownership or death. We clearly need a partner for IRMC – a carefully read her report.
share in the FPL St. Lucie nuclear bigger, better partner who can raise a hospital,
plant and Orlando’s Stanton coal None of us have any illusions about started 85 years ago by a lone nurse, to a new At 6,800 words, this is the most space
plant when the sale closes. IRMC being on a par with Johns Hopkins plateau – and quite surprisingly, we suddenly we have ever devoted to a single subject.
or the Mayo Clinic. Our belief has been have amazing suitors. As this process moves forward, we will
Vero is one of the FMPA own- that this is on the whole a good – in recent continue providing the comprehensive
er-member cities that must ap- Last week, four impressive healthcare orga- coverage a matter this important to our
prove its exit from the electric community deserves.
power cooperative. Vero’s transac-
tional attorney Nathaniel Doliner
explained that the Oct. 24 FPL sale
contract included some contin-
gencies – Florida Public Service
Commission approval, other regu-
latory approvals and the release of
the city from its long-term whole-
sale power agreements and other
contractual entanglements related
to the electric utility.

“One of the provisions in our



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To advertise call: 772-559-4187 Dr. Mike Jablonski rushed The power point presenta- Missionary zeal is in Dar- With the fullest house of
For circulation or where to pick up into the Indian River Medical tion of Hospital Corporation yl Tol’s DNA. The son and four for last week’s partner
your issue call: 772-226-7925 Center conference room last of America last week did lit- grandson of missionaries, presentations, the nationally
Tuesday, out of breath, late tle to disabuse a small-town Tol, now CEO of Florida ranked Cleveland Clinic had
from surgery, frazzled from audience of the notion that it Hospital and the Central headliner status going in. And
rush hour traffic. was looking down the maw of Florida region of Adventist the panel likely disappoint-
an acquisition-hungry beast. Health System, addressed ed few in the IRMC meeting
He almost missed his Indian River Medical Center room audience, particularly
chance to speak on behalf of If executives of the hospital board members and Hospi- when there was praise for the
Orlando Health. As it turned management giant, the only

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ORLANDO HEALTH “I can’t get half my group to show up at my dette Spong. “It was a pure pleasure to tour “We believe we have sufficient scale to
meetings. But when we have Orlando Health the facility. It is gorgeous.” meet your needs,” said Strong. “At the same
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 meetings, everybody’s there. And they’re ask- time, we don’t think that we’re too big that
ing, why aren’t we meeting more?” The Vero hospital is not the only one in you’re going to be lost.”
out, as the final speaker, he left a lasting im- Orlando Health’s sights. And whether Or-
pression. If that was the healthcare system’s Orlando Health’s receptivity to ideas put lando Health is large enough now to provide Again and again, the organization wowed
intention when it invited a physician who forth by physicians has been talked about the capital necessary to revitalize IRMC is a the audience with the scope of its services.
isn’t even an employee to speak on their be- in Vero too, according to one hospital board question warm feelings can’t resolve. Cur- When District trustee Allen Jones expressed
half, the strategy seemed to pay off. member. And it extends to the patient sug- rently, the system has less than half the total concern about continuation of the Partners
gestion box. “We don’t want the community revenues of the next smallest competitor in in Women’s Health program, a collaboration
Jablonski all but dropped to one knee to to check their brains at the door,” said Strong. IRMC’s search for a partner. of IRMC and the Hospital District that pro-
ask the IRMC board and trustees of the Indi- vides prenatal care to indigent women, Dr.
an River County Hospital District to pick his If there were a metric for C-suite bedside At the same time, the nine hospitals with- Jamal Hakim, Orlando Health’s COO, spoke
favorite hospital group, which includes the manner, Orlando Health’s team would score in the Orlando Health system are impressive: up.
Orlando Regional Medical Center. at the top. The panel of presenters – and no Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children wins
one topped Jablonski – projected warmth, awards for its pediatric trauma center and “That kind of thing would be our obli-
“They asked me to drive four hours to talk reassurance and candor. They also displayed five other specialties. Winnie Palmer Hospi- gation,” he told the IRMC leaders. “We are
10 minutes, and I said sure,” Jablonski told humility, in part because Orlando has had tal for Women and Babies delivers 15,000 ba- quite proud of our women’s services. We re-
an amused room of IRMC leaders during its own financial travails, at one point even bies a year and is the second biggest birthing ceive the sickest of sick moms from all across
the first of four meetings the group held last searching for a partner, as IRMC is today. hospital in the country. It also has one of the north and central Florida.”
week in its search for a partner. largest neo-natal intensive care units. And
The dynamic between speakers and au- Lakeland Regional Health, the newest col- As for quality metrics, the system has seen
President of Orlando’s large Jewett Or- dience seemed to alternate between mentor laborator in the Orlando Health system, has its all-cause mortality rate fall by 49 percent
thopedic Clinic, Jablonski launched into an and student, both sides receptive to the in- the busiest emergency department in the over five years. Infection rates have been
off-the-cuff testimonial to Orlando Health’s sights of the other. country – with 217,000 visits, and no wait. lowered 81 percent in five years. “Now we’re
spirit of collaboration with physicians. It had up among the best of the best,” Strong said.
all started, he said, the week he moved back That was not by chance. If IRMC leaders System-wide, only one of Orlando Health’s
to town, and was invited to dinner by CEO have found the partnering process grueling, nine hospitals relies on taxpayer money for Readmission is another area of concern.
David Strong. Orlando Health has been through an exhaus- indigent care – South Lake, which gets $5 Florida has the second worst rate in the na-
tive expansion search as well. million a year. Even Orlando Regional Med- tion, he said, and within the state, the central
Jablonski said Strong asked him “why a ical Center, considered a safety net hospital, and southern regions are the worst. In those
group like Jewett doesn’t work more with Or- “It’s been extremely selective. We’ve gone gets no indigent care funding. “It comes out same five years that mortality fell by nearly
lando Health.” through a process where we have looked of profits,” said Strong. “We’re the only lev- half, Orlando Health reduced readmissions
at every health system across the state on el-one trauma center that does not receive by 19 percent.
“At the end of the meeting, he said, ‘Tell a quantitative basis – population growth, some indigent care.”
me anything that we can do together.’ That household income, current market share. “We used to think we were good,” he said.
was a question that was foreign to me. I had Then every health system is ranked on quali- Orlando Regional is the busiest level-one “We were only good compared to the locals,
never been asked by the CEO of a hospital ty, culture and readiness to change. trauma center in the state. Last year, it won and that’s not good. We don’t benchmark
what they could do for me,” he said. accolades for its response to the Pulse night- ourselves to local. We benchmark national.
“We look at both of those, and we have se- club shootings. And we don’t talk top quartile. It’s top decile.”
The next day, Jablonski called with ideas. lected possible partners. You’re one that we
“And from there, it’s just blossomed. would like to partner with,” said CFO Berna- Asked about the average tenure on the

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hospital staff, Strong’s mind went straight to Bernadette Spong as CFO. Moody’s revised proach to capital spending” and trends in- tem for around $13 million a year, much as
an upcoming celebration. Friday night, the its outlook from negative to stable. Those ac- dicating that Orlando Health is “retaining a the Vero hospital is owned by Indian River
annual service awards were to be present- tions and Strong’s arrival “should produce re- solid market position” in a “highly compet- County through its Hospital District, and
ed at what he described as “a huge party” sults that return the system to its long history itive market.” leased to a separate nonprofit company.
for 4,800 invited guests – all of whom have of favorable performance,” Moody’s noted.
worked for five, 10, up to 50 years with Or- The most recent addition to the Orlando The Lakeland lease arrangement did not
lando Health. Both Strong and CFO Spong came from Health system was finalized in October of change with Orlando Health’s affiliation.
the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. this year, when it affiliated with Lakeland Re- The deal called for the Lakeland Regional
“Now that’s a positive,” he said. “But it also Both had worked for Rex Healthcare, a non- gional Health System. Medical Center to continue to be run by its
carries some baggage. It’s wonderful to have profit system with more than 5,400 employ- own board with the addition of one member
people with history, but you also want to ees and a member of the $3.8 billion UNC That affiliation bumped up revenues to from Orlando Health. And two Lakeland Re-
have fresh blood.” Health Care System based in Chapel Hill. $3.7 billion, making Orlando Health the gional board members were to join Orlando
second largest system in the state, after Ad- Health’s board. Lakeland’s CEO was to report
Some of that fresh blood comes from Under Spong, Orlando Health recovered ventist Health Sunbelt. Total beds, including to Strong.
teaching programs. Currently Orlando its rating from Moody’s, which today applies rehab facilities, are just over 3,000.
Health has seven medical school residency to some $769 million in debt issued by the Of the nine hospitals currently in its sys-
programs with 256 residents and 18 fellows. Orange County Health Facilities Authority. Interestingly, as explained in the Lakeland tem, Lakeland Regional is the farthest from
“One of the great advantages of having all In June, its stable outlook was upgraded to Ledger newspaper, Lakeland Regional Med- the center – about an hour away from Orlan-
those teaching programs is the ability to get positive. Moody’s cited its “disciplined ap- ical Center is owned by the city of Lakeland do Regional. 
doctors. It’s rare for somebody to turn us and leased by Lakeland Regional Health Sys-
down simply for ‘Oh, I can get a better job.’”

As for executive talent, Orlando Health
board vice-chair David Brown said, “We see
growth interrelated to being able to attract
talent, the kind of talent to manage what is
going to be an increasingly challenging en-
vironment. We think we’re at Step One of
what’s going to be a lot more to deal with and

Brown believes that health systems must
focus on improving patient outcomes. “We
can attract market share, but you’ve got
to deliver patient outcomes. You can’t fail.
That’s a condition that precedes anything
you do.”

Just four years ago, in 2013, Orlando
Health was losing money; Modern Health-
care magazine reported it ran a $9.5 million
operating deficit that year and was losing
market share to Adventist’s Florida Hospital
and nearby HCA hospitals (both now also
being considered as partners for IRMC).

The CEO stepped down, and like IRMC,
Orlando Health debated selling to another
company. Moody’s Investors Service down-
graded its bond rating, management re-
sponded with pay cuts, and in November
2012 announced the biggest layoff in the sys-
tem’s 100-year history – a reduction of up to
400 jobs in its work force of 16,000.

By late summer of 2013, staffers were
looking at unionizing. In October, Moody’s
downgraded Orlando Health to an A3, low-
ering its outlook to negative following dismal
revenues and a drop in patient volume.

The cuts had almost immediate results:
more profits in the first quarter of FY 2013-
2014 than in the entire previous year. Net in-
come went from minus $12.7 million in the
first quarter of FY 2012-2013 to plus $30.9
million in the first quarter of FY 2013-2014.
In addition to staff cuts, the health system
offset reductions in in-patient stays with an
increase in out-patient treatment.

Dr. Hakim, an anesthesiologist who was
the system’s chief quality officer, was named
interim CEO. Under his leadership, the
health system ended its long affiliation with
the MD Anderson Cancer Center and in 2014
partnered with the University of Florida in
creating UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando
Health, allowing both UF Shands and Orlan-
do Health to share patients in clinical trials.

CEO David Strong finally relieved Hakim
in 2015, bringing in from his Chapel Hill days

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HCA felt forced, and – to use an expression HCA and a markedly humbler self-regard. From cancer research to purchasing pow-
leaders themselves used at one point – a It was as if HCA, all dressed up, took a look er, HCA’s imposing mass ironically conferred
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “cram-down” of corporate marketing. significance as well as insignificance to Vero’s
in the mirror and asked its would-be partner: stand-alone community nonprofit hospital.
for-profit among Indian River Medical Cen- By contrast, when the next day the Cleve- Do these stats make my assets look big?
ter’s four prospective partners, felt awkward land Clinic similarly used a video to under- “We think our mission fits with yours,”
wooing a hospital built largely on charitable score its humanity – random people moving Well, yes, of course they do. HCA’s assets Chuck Hall, HCA’s national group president,
giving, there was little sign of it. Unblinking- through a hospital with captions like “Just are enormous. The largest hospital chain in said rather unconvincingly. “How do we exe-
ly, they pushed their numbers – almost as if got diagnosed with cancer” or “19-year-old America, HCA has 164 hospitals, plus seven cute on this mission of clinical excellence? It
they were presenting to Wall Street analysts son on life support” – it too was an obvious in the U.K., with a total capacity of 443,000 always starts with the data.”
– through a head-spinning first half of Thurs- marketing ploy, but it was hard to hold back beds. It is the second largest provider of be-
day’s two hour-plus session. tears. havioral healthcare in the United States. Does it? It’s unclear how many “patient
first”-focused audience members would
At one point, presenters paused to play a Then suddenly, as HCA’s question-and-an- When it wants to analyze the process of, have agreed apart from the one data point
video, complete with surging soundtrack, of swer period began and the overheads went say, getting a patient doubled over in pain sewn into the deep pockets of those large
the role one HCA hospital played in treating blank, the parade of suits speaking corpo- at the emergency department door tucked assets: HCA’s capital outlay last year for its
victims of the recent Las Vegas mass shoot- rate- and healthcare-ese morphed into ap- into an in-patient bed for a three-day (and hospitals was $2.8 billion.
ing. As jarring as the subject was, the effort proachable people, answering questions multi-thousand dollar) stay, it can crunch its
one-on-one in plain English, with empathy system-wide data from the mobile phones of If nothing else, the presentation gave con-
thousands of nurses and doctors. text to the search for a partner by making the
local decision-makers consider the issues,
outlook and priorities of such a major play-
er in the morass that is modern healthcare.
From the research at its institutions to career
opportunities, everything the presenters
talked about was of breath-taking scope.

Step through the door of an HCA facility to
have your baby or pass a kidney stone, and
your visit, unique though it may feel, will be
one of 27 million this year.

Indian River taxpayers grumble over care
for the indigent; at present, patients at IRMC
who can’t pay may be covered by the Indian
River County Hospital District contribution
– about $6 million a year – and the hospital
kicks in another $6 million.

HCA? It’s like one giant societal safety net
– that still makes a profit, and still pays taxes
– with its hospitals providing $2.8 billion in
uncompensated care a year.

IRMC’s total net revenue last year was an
estimated $280 million. HCA’s net revenue:
$33 billion.

IRMC has 1,300 employees, plus 300 more
if you count employed physicians’ offices.
HCA has 240,000 – 100,000 more than the
entire population of this county.

Hall, who spoke to IRMC board mem-
bers and Hospital District trustees Thursday,
oversees 81 hospitals in 12 states, just under
half the chain’s total.

Yet Thursday, he felt like a neighbor, with
a soft southern drawl no doubt nourished by
his weekly commute to HCA headquarters in
Nashville, but born of his home base of Talla-
hassee; Hall has a B.S. and MBA from Florida

Another understated presence, this time
with a Texas accent, was Jane Englebright.
Chief nursing executive and a senior vice
president, she leads a team of 80,000 nurs-
es – three times the population of the city of
Vero Beach.

Just as each executive advocating for HCA
added his or her own inflection to the pre-
sentation, individual doctors at the giant
chain draw individual patients to its hospi-

While the two nearby HCA hospitals just
south of us, Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center and St. Lucie Medical Center, have
generated mixed reviews in past years, it’s
an open secret that one particularly well-re-
garded Georgetown University-trained or-
thopedic surgeon, Dr. Mark Powers, has


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HCA would work together with us in close prox- chairman and CEO. member. Earlier this year, Scott appointed
imity to a net positive advantage.” Three years later, in 1997, federal agents Zudans’ wife, Tracey, to fill another vacancy
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 on the Hospital District Board.
“It’s not that close,” insisted Hall, before made it known they were investigating the
replaced the joints of many affluent Vero res- going on to say he hoped to draw patients to company for Medicaid and Medicare fraud. Val Zudans recently wrote an opin-
idents – including some closely connected to IRMC’s heart and cancer centers from Raul- Less than four months later, Scott resigned ion-piece in the daily paper urging IRMC
IRMC – at HCA’s hospital in Port St. Lucie. erson Hospital in Okeechobee and from its as CEO. According to Politifact, executives to partner with HCA, claiming that if the
recent acquisition, Highlands Regional in of the publicly traded company said if Scott for-profit HCA were picked, county residents
That out-migration, as it is called, has Sebring. had stayed, “the entire chain would have would be relieved of the $14 million tax bur-
been a major concern for IRMC – a worry been in jeopardy.” den levied by the Hospital District to pay for
that surfaced during the meeting. Were those HCA is not only the largest by far of the indigent care.
HCA hospitals to suddenly become cor- groups looking to take over IRMC. It is also As Scott pleaded to fight the charges, the
porate brethren in an IRMC takeover, how the youngest. Formed in 1968 by the father board instead decided to settle in 2000, pay- But unless the Hospital District were to be
would HCA divvy up the patient pot? and brother of former U.S. Senator Bill ing $840 million in criminal fines, civil dam- disbanded altogether, that figure is way off.
Frist, the Nashville-based company was ages and penalties. Of the total projected District tax revenue
“That’s the elephant in the room,” said frequently in the news for its mergers and next year of around $13 million, only $6.3
one board member. “You’re making a com- spin-offs, including its sale to Columbia in HCA hospitals made headlines again five million is destined for the hospital. The Hos-
mitment here to us, but I still am on some 1994, with Rick Scott, founder of Columbia years ago when the New York Times wrote pital District presumably would continue to
level naïve about how those two hospitals and now governor of Florida, becoming about medically unnecessary heart proce- tax homeowners to subsidize indigent health
dures. A whistleblowing nurse at Lawnwood care provided through the numerous other
Regional Medical Center was mentioned in organizations it supports.
the second paragraph, describing a letter he
had written to HCA’s chief ethics officer. Further, in the event a non-profit takes
over IRMC, the amount the Hospital Dis-
The Times cited a confidential HCA review trict will contribute for indigent care in the
that showed 1,200 heart catheterizations at future will have to be negotiated with the
Lawnwood were done on patients without new partner.
significant heart disease. In all 10 hospitals
were involved in the HCA investigation, most How that may play out – particularly if a
in Florida. The day HCA told investors in a partner desirous of continuing to lease the
conference call that the U.S. Attorney’s of- hospital buildings owned by the District re-
fice in Miami was looking into it, HCA’s stock fuses to operate under the state Government
dropped four points. in the Sunshine laws – injects an additional
layer of complexity and uncertainty into the
One of HCA’s most vocal local supporters negotiations ahead.
was appointed by Gov. Scott two years ago
to fill a vacancy on the Indian River Hospital From a purely financial standpoint, many
District board: Dr. Val Zudans, an ophthal- believe it is way too early in this process to
mologist, was subsequently defeated when draw conclusions as to whether it would be
he sought election to a full term as a trust- more advantageous to choose a for-profit –
ee, but he now is a Vero Beach City Council or a non-profit – as IRMC’s new partner. 



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ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM into component parts,” Tol went on. “It and “Convenient Virtual Physician Visits tion to faraway hospitals renowned for
is impossible to treat the physical needs Start Today.” specialized treatment, it would mostly
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 without treating the emotional and spiri- seem to be a plus in terms of philanthro-
tual needs of patients.” The unconventional campaign’s aim is py.
tal District trustees last Friday with equal to go beyond just being a marketing ap-
parts fervor and candor. Whole person care, he insisted, is “a peal and “become more of a conversation As Rathbun flipped through images
strategic and clinical advantage.” in the community,” Tol told the Orlan- of various rehabs Adventist has facilitat-
Not that Adventist, a national 45-hos- do Sentinel. “We have to build a system ed for the system’s acquisitions – a new
pital health system with $10 billion in Tol conveyed a welcome optimism, a around the consumer.” patient tower here, a new exterior façade
revenues, wasn’t already high on the list stark contrast to the gloom-and-doom there – it certainly must have passed
of partners IRMC considered last week. scenarios laid out by healthcare experts To the IRMC group, Tol stressed that through the minds of some audience
in the months since IRMC has been look- “we don’t just want to see people when members that the new patient tower
Florida Hospital in Orlando ranks ing at restructuring. Among the sunny their sick. We want them to think of us IRMC desperately needs – and was about
fourth in the state on U.S. News and Re- concepts in the company’s vision is con- when they’re well.” to start soliciting donations for – could
port’s Best Hospitals list and is tied for nectedness. one day be built with the millions coming
No. 1 in the Orlando metro area with Or- Tol turned the floor over to Adventist instead from Adventist corporate.
lando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Healthcare has become fragmented, to Health CFO Paul Rathbun to discuss the
Center. the detriment of patients, whom he em- organization’s financial health and strat- “When we enter into a new market, a
poweringly calls consumers. egy. In the Orlando market, Adventist’s lot of times that comes with capital com-
By the time Tol and the others finished Florida Hospital goes head to head with mitments,” said Rathbun. “Things that
a two-hour, very persuasive presentation And it is the consumer that belongs Orlando Health, another, smaller system had been deferred maintenance, but that
Friday, it was hard not to wonder whether at the top of the priorities list, Tol said. that is also one of the four finalists for are going to really jumpstart the organi-
IRMC prayers for a large, wealthy partner “What is the consumer’s experience of IRMC. zation and give it a lift.
had finally been answered. healthcare? How does the consumer de-
fine the problem in healthcare? How do Adventist Health System includes 46 “Once we do that, which generally
Tol didn’t wait to be asked how faith we build entirely in the interest of the hospitals in nine states, including Colora- takes five years, we have a capital model
fits into the Adventist Health System. His consumer?” do, Texas and Illinois, as well as 20 nurs- for the operating cash flow generated at
first sentence after introducing his pan- ing homes and 25 home health agencies. each location. Those moneys stay within
el concerned the basic Adventist belief His views meshed perfectly with the The company’s Florida Hospital division the community. We don’t shift from com-
in holistic care, and he talked about how top goal of both the Hospital District includes about half of those hospitals. munity A to community B.
deeply that concept permeates the orga- trustees and the IRMC board: that in any
nization. future system IRMC joins, the patient Headquartered in Altamonte Springs, “What happens in Indian River County
must be the focus. the system has most of its hospitals in stays in Indian River County. Seventy-five
“Our mission is extending the healing relatively small communities, including percent of that capital is earmarked for
ministry of Christ,” Tol said, straight out This past summer, Adventist Health Apopka, Celebration, Deland, Orange capital. And the other 25 percent – you
of the gate. “That means we are faith- began a billboard and Internet campaign City, Palm Coast, Sebring and Lake Plac- may have a small amount of debt service
based. It does not mean we are evange- to promote an idea Tol touted in his Vero id, Tavares and Wauchula. but it stays on the local balance sheet.
listic in the way that we approach our pa- presentation. Dubbed “Someday Starts We want every individual market to be
tients. It means we take a whole-person Today,” the ads offer a tight shot of a smil- Vero Beach would seem a good fit in strong.”
approach to patient care. ing face with verbiage pointing to a dif- that list but for one trait: the affluence of
ferent kind of healthcare path. “Someday its barrier island. While that may factor CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
“It’s impossible to slice a human being Hospitals Will Heal More Than the Body,” into marketing decisions, and out-migra-

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ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM passing mental, physical, social and spir-
itual health.
Early adherents eschewed not only al-
Rathbun also made it clear that the cohol but tobacco, caffeine and eventu-
same targeted fund-raising that built ally meat. Those dietary precepts were of
IRMC’s cancer and heart centers could concern to Vero hospital leaders during
still be possible if IRMC were to partner the initial discussion that led to Adventist
with Adventist Health. “There are a lot Health becoming a finalist. Specifically,
of foundations that are independent,” they wanted to know if patients could get
he said. “We want that and most of the coffee and bacon.
things in the company driven by the in-
dividual market.” There was a time years ago when a
Wendy’s on the Florida Hospital premis-
Adventist Health System (not to be es wasn’t allowed to offer bacon burgers.
confused with California’s Adventist That has changed. Dietary offerings ap-
Health or the Maryland-based Adventist pear to be similar to any other hospitals.
Healthcare) traces its roots to Ellen G. And among the dining options on the
White, a 19th century author whose spir- main campus of Florida Hospital is a veg-
itual visions as a young woman were be- etarian café.
lieved to be Biblical prophecy.
IRMC staff, already anxious about
Along with healthy living, many Ad- looming changes, also would be reas-
ventist social notions align closely with sured to hear that the Gallup organiza-
modern American values: man’s essential tion ranked Adventist Health a “Great
freedom of choice, separation of church Place to Work” in 2017 for the seventh
and state, and the value of education. straight year.
While one well-known Seventh Day Ad-
ventist, former presidential candidate That honor is awarded after applicants
Ben Carson, is known for his conser- submit a 50-employee survey followed
vative bent, many Adventists consider up with analysis by a Gallup panel. It was
themselves liberal. also named a Best Place to Work by Beck-
er’s Hospital Review.
Today, Adventists have the second
largest faith-based school system in the Tol pointed out that viability is an on-
nation, after Catholics. Ellen G. White going concern, even in an organization
had a hand in the curriculum: holistic that is a century old. “We do not go into a
education would incorporate intellectual community to flip. We go into communi-
growth with service to humanity, encom- ties to stay and grow and thrive. That has
always been the case and that will always
be the case,” Tol declared. 

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CLEVELAND CLINIC the company’s patient-first culture – have “You have a great brand,” said Barsoum. winter, and 10 patients there in the summer.
opportunities in a wide range of arenas, and “The Indian River brand, to be completely The second thing was that real estate prices
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 even geographic locations. Internationally, candid, is the premier brand in this area. We were going so high that we were having to
in addition to the United Arab Emirates, the want to partner with the best. The way you’ve buy housing for physicians. And the third
Vero facility from executives of both the cor- clinic expects to open a hospital in London in separated yourselves out in the cancer world, thing was that we applied for cardiac priv-
porate flagship in Cleveland as well as the 2020. Cosgrove joked about the “bad neigh- the cardiac world, and the fact that you’ve ileges – we had somewhat of a reputation in
Florida division, which includes a hospital in borhood” – behind Buckingham Palace – that been willing to invest in areas that have a huge cardiac. And through the political process in
Weston. will now become the focus of his attentions. community impact are important.” Florida, we were turned down.”

The team seemed to calm concerns that There is also an outpatient clinic in down- At one point midway through the ques- That “political process” continues to
their somewhat vague initial proposal im- town Toronto, and a $100 million facility in tion-and-answer period, it became so obvi- plague hospital operators. A state regulato-
plied they were less than certain about Las Vegas dedicated to diagnosis and treat- ous that IRMC was smitten that Barsoum felt ry board decides what healthcare services
wanting a presence here. As testament to its ment of brain diseases including Alzhei- he needed to summarize. “It sounds to me and facilities can be introduced in a market-
commitment, the organization brought in mer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. like you’re not worried about whether or not place. Efforts to do away with Florida’s “cer-
Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a heart surgeon and CEO we can run a hospital,” he told the audience. tificate of need” have failed so far.
who is weeks away from retirement; he will In U.S. News and World Report’s best The laugh he drew was at his understate-
stay on in an advisory capacity. hospital rankings, Cleveland Clinic’s brand ment. Those factors persuaded Cleveland Clin-
holds great status nationally. Again this year, ic to sell the Naples facility in 2006, and buy
Since taking the helm in 2004, Cosgrove the Cleveland campus ranked No. 2 in the If Barsoum felt assured of kindred spirts out Tenet in Weston.
has greatly expanded the Cleveland Clinic nation (behind Mayo in Minnesota) and has in Vero, there was certainly an ill fit in a prior
brand, which is now considered world-class ranked first in the nation in adult cardiology venture in which Cleveland Clinic took over Today, as the Weston hospital is undergo-
in a list of high-acuity specialties. and heart surgery for 23 years in a row. a hospital in Naples. That small affluent city ing a major expansion, a new surgery center
on Florida’s southwest coast is considered and family health clinic in Coral Springs got
Cosgrove has also led the charge to expand With 14 hospitals, mostly in Ohio, the by many to be similar to Vero Beach. underway in April. That center is expected
through acquiring community hospitals like nonprofit system touts $8 billion in operat- to draw from the long sought-after market
Vero’s. That shift, from treating mainly the ing revenue. “What happened in Naples?” District in Palm Beach County: surgery patients who
very, very sick to also treating, as one in Vero’s board member Allen Jones asked bluntly don’t want to drive an extra half-hour to
audience put it, “my granddaughter’s broken As for its Florida division, despite entering soon after the floor opened to questions. Weston.
ankle,” has already taken place within the its 30th year, it still rides the coattails of the
non-profit organization’s eight Ohio hospitals Cleveland hospital with rankings that lag be- Cosgrove dove in. He described the scenar- There are no surgical facilities under Cleve-
outside its renowned main campus. hind those of the main campus. The Weston io in 2004 when he first became CEO. Cleve- land Clinic’s name in Palm Beach County,
hospital slipped from sixth to eighth in the land Clinic’s 150-bed hospital inWeston at the though it has doctors’ offices in West Palm
Continuing that task will be left to Cos- state in the most recent rankings, below Flor- time was a joint venture with Tenet, and the Beach’s CityPlace and Palm Beach Gardens
grove’s successor, Tomislav Mihaljevic, also ida Hospital Orlando and Orlando Regional Naples hospital it had bought was bleeding and more are being discussed for Wellington.
on hand at the Saturday midday meeting. Medical Center, tied for fourth place. money. There is also a clinic in Parkland in Broward
The Croatian-born cardiothoracic surgeon County.
most recently was CEO of Cleveland Clinic’s Florida Hospital is part of the Adventist “We were losing $1 million a month and
hospital in Abu Dhabi. He has been with the Health System, a finalist in the IRMC partner had been for 20 years. It was important And just as there was in Naples, there is
Cleveland Clinic since 2004, after a decade at search; Orlando Regional is part of Orlando that we figure out how to get in the black or concern with every new Cleveland Clinic
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Health, also a top contender to partner with break even,” he began. “In Naples, we had location of drawing patients away from lo-
IRMC. (Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic got the No. an 80-bed facility that would be filled in the
Mihaljevic’s appointment, announced 1 spot in the state for the second year in a CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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visiting Vero. where the IRMC board of directors seemed
to seriously consider having only one final-
Cleveland also brought along Florida di- ist – Cleveland. They were dissuaded by their
vision CEO and president Dr. Wael Barsoum, paid consultants, in the event Cleveland
an orthopedic surgeon, and one of its Ohio Clinic turned out not to want IRMC.
hospital presidents, Dr. Neil Smith. Smith is
an independent physician who has led Fair- But from the words of the Cleveland
view Hospital since 2013 while maintaining Clinic executives, it seems they may indeed
a private practice in internal medicine. Hav- want IRMC.
ing replaced a registered nurse in that same
position of leadership who went on to Abu “I think there’s a great cultural fit as we
Dhabi, Smith spoke to the opportunities at toured your hospital today,” said Barsoum.
Cleveland Clinic. “Everybody smiles. Every caregiver that we
ran into clearly cares about what they’re do-
Of the four healthcare systems vying to ing.”
take over IRMC, only Cleveland had a policy
in place of clinician-led management. And Barsoum pointed out that like IRMC,
on the way up, staffers – all of whom are re- Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit; of the four
ferred to as “caregivers” to imbue them with finalists, only HCA is not. Then he pointed
up another commonality, one the star-struck
board may not have considered.

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CLEVELAND CLINIC tion in the Vero audience. When a listener other hospitals in Florida and that happens, VERO ELECTRIC
pressed the executives on Cleveland Clin- that would not dilute the attention and the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 ic’s plans for the future, it became clear Vero investment if we were to join Cleveland CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
wasn’t the sole focus of its expansion strategy. Clinic Florida? In other words, spreading
cal doctors. yourselves out too fast?” contract with FPL is essentially the require-
That concern was voiced at Saturday’s “We are looking at several other acquisi- ment that we terminate our relationship
tions,” said Cosgrove, after Barsoum, poised Ann Huston, Cleveland’s chief strategy with FMPA,” Doliner said.
meeting by Dr. Pranay Ramdev, a Dart- to divulge the news, instead passed the ba- officer, replied that adding several hospitals
mouth- and Harvard-trained vascular sur- ton to his boss. at once would make for a smoother transi- “What we’re looking at is the ultimate an-
geon as well as IRMC’s medical staff repre- tion. “It is much better to do it all together,” swer in this issue, the ultimate resolution
sentative on the Board of Directors. Ramdev In fact, part of that news was divulged in she said. “If we know who the partners are which is that at the closing of the transaction
said IRMC-employed doctors as well as in- the media this summer, after Boca Raton and we are doing the idealized design for between Vero Beach and FPL ... assuming
dependent physicians were fearful of being Regional Hospital announced it was scout- that pan-regional network, that excites me that the closing is in October of 2018, which
nudged out by Cleveland’s own physicians, ing for a partnership or merger. no end.” it is presently scheduled for, Vero Beach
or by the high standards the system sets. would pay from the closing proceeds $108
Soon after, an article in the Palm Beach “We feel we need to grow responsibly,” million and would get a release from FMPA
“Right now, there’s a tremendous amount of Post quoted Barsoum as saying Cleveland said incoming CEO Mihaljevic. “If we were from all obligations and liabilities to FMPA.”
anxiety about what’s going to happen,” Ram- Clinic and the Boca hospital “could be com- to jump at every opportunity that comes
dev told the panel. “There’s all sort of rumors. plementary” partners, but denied they were across our desk, we could grow our brand FMPA’s contracts governing its rights
Is there any truth to any of the anxieties – be- in talks at the time. like wildfire. But this is not what we try to and responsibilities with regard to the pow-
cause this is not just from independent physi- do.” er plants Vero now partly owns will not be
cians, it’s (IRMC) employed physicians – as to Another stand-alone nonprofit hospital scrapped and renegotiated. For simplicity,
contracts? Are they going to be forced to com- long rumored to be ripe for acquisition by Mihaljevic fueled even more optimism Doliner said,Vero’s proportional participation
ply with certain rules and regulations put out Cleveland Clinic is Jupiter Medical Center. that Cleveland Clinic might be smitten, in those plants will be “assigned” to the FMPA
by the Cleveland Clinic and inhibiting their too. “I can you tell, we’re all in. We are truly and its remaining member cities. All of that
ability to practice?” Both hospitals were mentioned in the here to partner. We are not here just to put would happen in tandem with the closing of
presentation as participating with Cleveland our name on the building.” He stressed the sale of Vero electric to FPL. “If it doesn’t all
Cosgrove’s answer did not totally allay Clinic in a Medicare shared savings plan. If that partnering meant extending educa- happen at one time, none of it happens,” Do-
these concerns. “We always welcome great either or both of those hospitals joined Vero tional platforms to nurses and physicians liner said. Now that Vero has voted to approve
physicians,” he began. “There will be qual- in partnering with Cleveland, it would give to assist with recruitment and retention of its own exit from the power cooperative, that
ity metrics that will be looked at, and some the system a patient/donor pipeline through talent. “We are here to share our practices brings the total number of FMPA cities say-
of the lower tier people that don’t meet our South Florida’s most affluent zip codes. Last when it comes to standardization of care ing yes to Vero’s departure to 20. Meetings of
metrics will go through a training process.” year, Jupiter Medical Center’s foundation and the operational aspects of running a the town or city councils of the remaining 12
raised $42 million, including one $25 million hospital.” member cities are scheduled throughout De-
In the end, though, he tried to be reassur- donation; Boca Raton Regional raised $36 cember and into early January, with the final
ing. “Let me be clear: we love independent million. As he closed out the presentation, Mihal- one being Jacksonville Beach on Jan. 15. All of
physicians. They make us a lot of money. jevic offered a final nugget: “One last thing: those cities must also approve the transaction
They work real hard, and we don’t have to Regardless of who the other partners We are pretty persistent. Once we make a for it to go forward. 
pay them.” might be, the prospect was unsettling to commitment, we stick with our commit-
some. ments.” 
That was not the only moment of hesita-
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Vero soccer’s big picture: Building to grand finale

By Ron Holub | Correspondent

The blueprint for 2017-18 says the regu- Alex Duchaine and Harrison Dunlap. Harrison Dunlap.
lar season record will reveal little or noth-
ing about the destiny of the Vero Beach ken down academically, but it panned out PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
High boys soccer team. last year on the pitch as well. An underdog
team entered the postseason at 4-7-5 be- already hit some upperclassmen, but they
The Indians were a pedestrian 3-3 after fore putting the plan into effect. A district are expected back in January. In the interim
dropping a 1-0 decision to American Heritage championship later finally got them to the some younger players will benefit with an in-
at the Citrus Bowl last Friday evening, but it .500 mark at 7-7-5. Three more victories crease in playing time and experience.
would be wise to heed the entire body of work and Vero was in the Final Four for the state
for an understanding of the big picture. title. A 1-0 loss in the semis ended the sen- “We’re solid on defense with Bennett
sational run. Collins as a three-year starter at center
Head coach Christopher Fonehouse back,” Fonehouse told us. “When we are
knew beforehand that American Heritage “I know everybody loves to win, but all performing well our midfielders can pos-
would be a strong challenge, however to that matters is winning at the end of the sess the ball and we do have some strengths
his way of thinking this was just another season,” said Fonehouse. “That’s my phi- up top. We want to possess the ball, build it
pop quiz to prepare his squad for the final losophy. I want to win a state title. In order up from the back, and get our opportuni-
exam in January and February. His Soccer ties when pushing forward.
101 course syllabus proved to be master-
piece a year ago. “Collectively if we possess the ball, and
we let the ball work instead of the individu-
“I emphasize to the boys that our sched- al, we will be successful as individuals and
ule is extremely tough, but they understand as a team.
my mentality with reference to the soccer
season,” Fonehouse explained. “The most Fonehouse is now in his ninth year as head
important part of our regular season is the coach and clearly the first thing he wants
district matches. You have to win those is for his guys to possess the ball. There
so you can get a good seed in the district were some other firsts last year. He took the
tournament. If you take care of the district first-ever VBHS boys soccer team to the Final
tournament and go on a five game winning Four. GK Wesley Alexander graduated as the
streak, you are the state champion.” first All-American in program history.

That’s some pretty basic stuff when bro- The 12 players returning from the state
contender a year ago demonstrated the
Bennett Collins. formula for success. Now it’s a matter of
whether the entire 30-man roster can carry
to do that we compete against the best and that over to this season.
take our lumps during the regular season
outside the district. If your team has seen “We now have a target on our backs, not
high-caliber opponents throughout the only locally but across the state,” Fonehouse
season, it doesn’t come as a surprise during said. “Everyone knows that Vero Beach is a
the postseason.” solid program. If we are not at the level we
should be, it is going to show in games.
VBHS surged to 2-0 in the district by dis-
patching Treasure Coast and Palm Beach “But they understand what it takes to get
Gardens earlier on the road. Three district there. That’s part of the process with any
home games remain, starting with Jupiter program. It takes a lot of hard work each and
this week. The Indians host Centennial every day – in practice and in games. Once
and Fort Pierce Central in January. you get there, can you sustain getting there.
That’s what we will find out this year.” 
“The team so far has looked decent but
we are still a work in progress,” Fonehouse
said. “Early on I’m looking for the starting 11
for the latter part of the season in January.
I told my players that everybody is fighting
for a position. It’s a very competitive atmo-
sphere, but there is no selfishness. The kids
enjoy being here and they all get along.

“It’s a good group to work with and the
players all have the same ultimate goal –
the dream of winning the state title. They
believe in the system. To have the right
mentality is part of the battle.”

The coach says he will be tweaking the
lineup up through next month. Injuries have



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The ‘In’ crowd: Hospitalists rule inpatient care at IRMC

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Rothman consistently refers to family
[email protected] physicians as “outpatient providers.”

If Dr. Richard Rothman has his way, your It is true that the days of Marcus Wel-
family doctor will now have a new title. by-like general practitioners coming to visit
their patients and manage their care while
For decades family doctors were com- they are in the hospital are rapidly dis-
monly called “general practitioners.” That appearing, but whether or not calling the
name slowly evolved into “primary care family doctor “an outpatient provider” will
physicians,” but Rothman, the tall and de- catch on with anyone other than Rothman’s
cidedly youthful-looking chairman and di- fellow hospitalists remains to be seen.
rector of the Indian River Medical Center’s
department of hospital medicine – and its Nevertheless, hospitalists like Rothman
two dozen “hospitalists” – seems intent on now rule the roost inside three out of four
changing that name again. U.S. hospitals. One reason for that is that

Dr. Richard Rothman.


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and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach. Indeed, the Annals of Internal Medicine Rothman at a certain disadvantage. Their
says, “for every hour spent with patients, “inpatient” patients don’t know them from
Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years! primary care physicians spend two hours Adam. And they don’t have any longstand-
All lines of commercial or personal insurance available. on health records and desk work.” ing personal connections to the patient,
either – which means they don’t have first-
That doesn’t leave much time for driving hand knowledge of the patient’s family or
to hospitals and visiting with patients. medical history.

“When you look at the hospital medicine The New England Journal of Medicine, in
model,” says Rothman, “it’s one that di- a September 2016 article, cautions that the
chotomizes care by nature of specialty. You “increasing reliance on hospitalists entails
have physicians in the outpatient setting a number of risks and costs for everyone
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE A14 electronic medical records. WOUND CARE CENTER’S TOP
EMRs allow hospitalists to see a written DOC KNOWS STAKES ARE HIGH
involved in the healthcare system … As the
number of physicians caring for a patient version of their inpatient-patient’s medical By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer November, she was named as its new direc-
increases, the depth of the relationship be- history as well as a complete list of any pre- [email protected] tor, replacing the retired and almost univer-
tween patient and physician tends to dimin- scribed medications he or she may be taking. sally liked and respected Dr. Tim Adkins.
ish – a phenomenon of particular concern to The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbar-
those who regard the patient-physician re- Building on that system, Rothman ex- ic Medicine in Sebastian has a new director “Dr. Adkins really made this easy for me,”
lationship as the core of good medical care.” plains, hospitalists can now automatically – but Dr. Dawn Davidson is no rookie at the says Davidson. “He made the transition so
contact the patient’s primary care doctor, Sebastian River Medical Center. easy. I think we’re a pretty tight ship and I’ll
Earning a patient’s trust – as well as learn- letting him or her know the patient has been just continue his ways and also look for new
ing how to effectively communicate with admitted to the hospital. The system even The youthful-looking Davidson first came ways to make things even better.”
that patient’s primary care physician – hasn’t allows the hospitalist to see when that mes- to SRMC as an attending physician in the
always been an easy task for ‘hospital medi- sage is read. hospital’s emergency department in 1996. In wound care, that will be no easy task
cine’ practitioners, but Rothman enthusias- and certainly not a small one.
tically claims progress is being made. And, says Rothman, when a patient is In 2014 she moved across the street to join
discharged from the hospital, another the wound center’s team and then, this past Each year in this country some 6.5 million
While Rothman freely admits he and his message that includes a summary of the
team of some 25 other hospitalists at IRMC patient’s treatment is sent to their primary
frequently do have to explain who they are care provider.
and what they do, in the two decades since
the term “hospitalist” was first coined, “The majority of our patients are leav-
they’ve learned at least a handful of ways ing with appointments to see their outpa-
to make that task a little easier. tient provider for follow-up exams” already
booked, Rothman adds.
It might start with a business card that in-
cludes a photo of the attending hospitalist as Becker’s Hospital Review says that “to-
well as the recitation of a memorized speech day there are more than 50,000 hospitalists
which, Rothman says, might just sound in the U.S.,” and Rothman points out that
something like this: “My name is Dr. Roth- he and his team of hospitalists “take care of
man. I’m a hospital medicine provider. What about 85 to 90 percent of patients who are
that means is I only take care of patients in admitted” to IRMC.
the hospital and I’ll be your primary care
physician throughout your hospital stay.” Not surprisingly the Society of Hospital
Medicine touts this new specialty as helping
As far as keeping the patient’s primary to lower costs and reduce the length of patient
care doctor up to speed, hospitalists rely on stays, as well as improving patient outcomes
tools developed under President Obama’s and reducing hospital readmission rates.
Affordable Care Act which, for the first
time ever, mandated the use of EMRs, or Dr. Richard Rothman is the director of the
Indian River Medical Center’s department of
hospital medicine. 

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We’ve seen a huge new dressings that have spider webs, the
increase in diabetes chitin dressings that are super absorbent.
in our population, We use alginates all day everyday here and
which can lead to that’s derived from seaweed. There are al-
poor circulation and ways new things. That’s part of the mon-
ey part of it. The companies that produce
neuropathy and dressings are always looking for something
increased inflammation that works better.”

and infection. Those Davidson then turns the conversation to
three things lead to “moisture management.”
chronic wounds that are
“You want a wound moist, but not wet and
difficult to treat. not dry,” she says.

– Dr. Dawn Davidson “Patients have a hard time with that,” she
explains, “because when you’re a kid and you
patients suffering from a wide range of dis- Dr. Dawn Davidson with patient George Durr. get a little cut, you don’t want it goopy. You
eases – from diabetes and hypothyroidism want it to dry and then the scab falls off and
to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE you’re good.”
congestive heart failure and chronic venous
insufficiency – seek wound treatment in “But once you’re dealing with a wound
some form. that’s not going to heal in three days, you
do need to manage the moisture. You want
In fact, caring for wounds that are slow to to manage the drainage so that it doesn’t
heal has become a huge multinational busi- have moisture next to it all the time, but you
ness amounting to $25 billion a year, accord- don’t want it to dry out because that will slow
ing to Advance Tissue, one of this country’s down the healing.”
largest suppliers of wound care products.
Moisture management aside, Davidson
And the stakes could hardly be higher for concludes by saying, “If you ask me what
patients seeking this type of care. I’m most excited about – what I would want
people to know about – it wouldn’t be spider
“We’ve seen a huge increase in diabetes webs or stem cells or chitin. It would be to
in our population,” which can lead to “poor take good care of your feet and legs and if you
circulation and neuropathy and increased have a problem, get help soon.”
inflammation and infection,” Davidson
says. “Those three things lead to chronic Dr. Dawn Davidson is the director of the
wounds that are difficult to treat. Diabetic Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
foot wound is a big part of our practice pat- at 13695 U.S. 1 in Sebastian. The phone num-
tern here.” ber is 772-581-2070.  

The normally upbeat Davidson turns “between 19 and 34 percent of patients with
somber as she continues: “The problem with diabetes develop chronic foot ulcers, the
chronic wounds is – it’s not just like you are presence of which significantly increases
going to walk around with a little wound. The their risk of death compared with patients
wound progresses. If you’re diabetic and you without foot ulcers.”
get an infection in your bone, you’re at great
risk to lose your limb.” Add to that a rising obesity rate and an ag-
ing population and it’s no wonder $25 billion
“If you are diabetic, your five-year mortal- is being spent annually looking for effective
ity is 50 percent once you have had an am- treatments.
We’re not just talking Band-Aids and
Meanwhile, Science Daily points out that Neosporin here: Treatments range from stem
cells to spider webs.

While stem cells seemed promising at
first, that promise has so far failed to yield
clear clinical successes. But seaweed and
spider webs have proven effective.

“We use all kinds of amazing products,”
Davidson says. “Honestly. There are some

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Bonz says canine Owen Wilson is hilarious, too

Hi Dog Buddies! When I turned 13, I decided maybe I should Owen Wilson, the Golden Retriever. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
try to be more ma-CHUR.
This week I had a super fun innerview “Well, once I stealthily swiped a couple
with Owen Wilson Armuth-Close, a big, “How’s that workin’ out for ya?” I won-
good lookin’ poocheroo, golden with a white dered. biscuits off the counter. Dad thought Mom some stuff and drive to Orlando, where we
face his Mom calls “frosting.” He’s got his
own Facebook page, too, with lotsa fodos an “Well, now I help Dad with his business. did it. An I am a (mostly) reformed Pie Thief: hang out with some frens an watch TV. EV-
other huh-LARRY-us stuff. Totally Cool Kib- Not the flyin,’ (but I do wanna train to be
bles! He was right at the door with his Mom his co-pie-lutt). He also has a pen busi- I’ve been known to successfully count- ERYbody’s talkin’ about how this Matthew
for the Wag-and-Sniff, wearing a green ban- ness. I can’t ackshully operate the equip-
dana with candy canes on it. ment cuz of not having opposable thumbs. er-surf for a Lemon Meringue pie. Leave guy’s gonna come knock the dog biscuits
However, I am his Official Closer, a Very
“Bonz! Hey, Dog! Come right on IN! We Serious Position. I have a GIFT. Humans those Cat Burglars in the dust! outta us. THEN Mom an Dad say, ‘We’re
got all our Christmas stuff up! An, see here, just like me. What can I say? Plus, I have
I got my Christmas Scarf on! Pretty snazzy, WISdom cuz I’m old – 98 in people years. “I get two 1-mile leashwalks a day, an do goin’ home.’ I never did meet Matthew. Who
right? This is my Mom, Jo. She’s a flight at-
tendant. My Dad Mike’s flyin’ today. He’s a “When I’m not workin,’ I play with my a lotta zoomin’ around in between. Mom is he? What’s up? Humans can be weird.”
PIE-lutt!” toys. I LOVE TOYS. Got two big baskets
full. Once my blue octopus tried to es- an Dad say I live up to my name cuz I make “Word!”
“It’s a pleasure, Owen Wilson! I’m eager to cape though my doggie door, so I hadda
hear your story.” isolate him to avoid a MUTE-nee! people laugh. One time, Dad put my ears up Heading home, I was thinkin’ how cool

We all sat by a Big Christmas tree and “I also do a lotta hangin’ out with in a Man Bun. That was pretty huh-LARRY- it’d be to have a pooch like Owen for a big
Owen Wilson began. First thing he said my frens on the beach. We are Total
was, “You can call me Owen – or O.W. I was Beach Pooches. Simon’s an Official Golden us, everyone thought!” brother: chillaxin,’ yapping about Dog Stuff.
born 14 years ago in Indiana. When I was a Doodle, but he’s all black. Go figure. Then
6-week-old fluffmuffin, my (future) Mom there’s Taco, a chihuahua mix; an Rosie, “I can imagine!” I looked around at all An maybe we could learn to fly together. I
an Dad and brother an sister (Jake an Jen- a fluffy white rescue. I also have a cousin,
na) were puppy shopping an they saw this Raven, a Basset Hound. He SWIMS, which the cool Christmas stuff. “Woof, your place wonder if you really need opposable thumbs
ad in the paper for my litter. Well, I musta is Abby-Normal for a Basset. His tail sticks
out-adorabled my sibs cuz I got picked. Jake out of the water the whole time, so he has no is PAWsome. Puts me in the Holiday Mood.” for that.
(who was 7) wanted to name me Steve, but rudder. I dunno how he does it. I don’t swim
Mom an Jenna (who was 17) said Steve was that much now, but I do put my life vest on “I help Mom wrap prezzents, an I really
NOT a good Yelling Name, as in ‘HEEEERE, and hang out in the shallow end. Plus, I had
STEEEEVE!’ So Jenna came up with Owen this neck injury which slowed me down, but like OPENING prezzents. I dig all our Christ- Till next time,
Wilson (he’s a human actor who does a bun- now I’m getting this great treatment which
cha comedy an is sorta nuts), an, it’s great for helps A Lot. It’s called ACK-u-punk-shure. mas stuff ’cept this one thing – kinda a toy, The Bonz
yelling.” My vet, Miss Marcia, says, ‘Don’t ask!’ so I kinda a decoration – a rocking reindeer. I tell
don’t. I just lie quietly for a liddle while, then ya, Bonz, I’m a pretty chill poocheroo, but
Owen demonstrated: “OWEN WILSON! I feel all better.
GET YOUR FLUFFY TAIL BACK IN THIS this goofy thing drives me Barkin’ Cuckoo! Don’t Be Shy
YARD RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!” “I also have a brother, Schooner. He’s a It rocks an sings an its red nose lights up, for
Beta fish from Key West. (Man, I LOVE Key Lassie’s Sake! It’s just obNOXious!” We are always looking for pets
“Can’t argue with that,” I laughed. “So, West. Had my last birthday there. With with interesting stories.
are you an only dog?” cake. Got to wear my shades. An DOG, do “Travel much?” I inquired.
they know how to par-TAY! Ever hear of a “Love it! Once, we heard some guy named To set up an interview, email
“Nope. When I first arrived, Roxy was place called Hog’s Breath?) Anyway, when I Matthew was gonna visit. I thought, ‘Cool [email protected].
here. She was a stray, a Boxer mix. After she first saw Schooner, I said, “Oh, Boy. Sushi!” Kibbles!’ cuz I love visitors. But then, we pack
realized I was here to stay, she became my (I though he was lunch.) But Mom an Dad
big sister, taught me lotsa stuff. I usta be a to- explained. Schooner still gives me A Look
tal Wild Man, Mom says. But Roxy was calm. when I walk by his bowl.
I was 12 when she went to Dog Heaven.
“Any favorite food? Other than sushi?”

Charmed by Vero, couple
renovate ‘Old Town’ home

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Charmed by Vero, couple renovate ‘Old Town’ home

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer James and Jennifer Johnson. The Johnsons bought the two-bedroom, writing a letter to the owner, whose family
[email protected] two-bath, 928-square-foot frame house in had owned home for generations, vowing
PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD 2016, paying just $56,000. There were high- to restore it with loving care and then live
It took a couple recently arrived in Vero er offers on the table but they won out by in it, not flip or rent it out.
from South Florida to recognize the poten- mind. “What sold me were the 9- and 10-
tial of the historic house at 2355 16th Ave. foot ceilings. It’s the volume. It makes the “I loved the bones [of the house],”
in the Old Town neighborhood just north house feel expansive. I knew all the work says Jennifer, an accountant who works
of downtown. would be worth it, it had the drama.” from home. “It looked like a combination
Craftsman Style and Florida Cracker.”
Architectural historian Anna Brady says
the house dates to 1916, not long after the The bones are made of Dade Coun-
canals were dug that drained the swampy ty Pine, a dense, resin-rich and therefore
land where Vero now sits and three years insect repelling wood that has been “har-
before the city was chartered. vested out of existence,” James says. “It
has 75 percent more rings. Today’s wood is
Jennifer and James Johnson moved here lighter because it’s grown faster with fertil-
in part because they were tired of the hustle izers and hormones. An equivalent wood
and bustle of South Florida and in part be- today is Brazilian ipe, which costs $16 a
cause Vero is midway between his parents in foot. People tear down these old homes
Melbourne and hers in West Palm. They also and don’t think about the high quality of
“fell in love with the charm and artsy-ness of the wood they are throwing away.”
Vero Beach,” says James, an ordained Pres-
byterian minister working now as a painter. The wood was so hard Jennifer broke
“We feel it fosters the artistic spirit.” two hammers pulling nails and James had
to predrill holes for new fasteners because
When they began looking for a place to the nail gun couldn’t penetrate it.
live, a real estate agent told them about a
house for sale in Old Town, but they spot- The Johnsons took the house “back
ted their current home – which had a for to the rafters,” keeping what they could,
sale sign in the yard – before they made it matching what they couldn’t, modernizing
to the agent’s listing. and making the house more livable.

“Jennifer fell in love with the house im- The roof was sprayed with foam for
mediately,” James says, “but I looked at her insulation that also shored up structur-
and said, ‘no. no.’” al integrity. Different foam insulated the
walls, which helps keeps their electric bill
When he got inside, he changed his

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Brady, the architectural historian, “really the right notes – nostalgia, fantasy and util-
wanted us to keep the original windows,” ity. Subway and hexagonal black-and-white
Jennifer says. Windows are a key feature of tile offer the perfect foil to the hardware.
any architectural style, but the old wood-
en frames were completely worn out and The paint colors are variations on gray,
a compromise was struck. The new en- running the tonal scale from white to deep
ergy-efficient windows have decorative blue-gray, and the cool tones bringing out
muntins that make the glass appear as if the warm woods.

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The pace of sales fell a bit on the mainland real estate market last week, but a still-impressive 24
single-family residences and lots changed hands from Dec. 4-8 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 225 Oak Hammock Court SW. First listed in
November 2016 for $1,000,000, the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 5,251-square-foot house sold for $850,000
on Dec. 8.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the residence at 419 Biscayne Lane. First listed in October for
$255,000, the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,896-square-foot abode sold for $230,000 on Dec. 8.


VERO BEACH 225 OAK HAMMOCK COURT SW 11/9/2016 $1,000,000 12/8/2017 $706,500
VERO BEACH 1120 CAROLINA CIRCLE SW 5/30/2017 $755,000 12/5/2017 $530,000
VERO BEACH 1665 E ROSEWOOD COURT 5/15/2017 $625,000 12/4/2017 $515,000
VERO BEACH 1223 RIVER REACH DRIVE 7/18/2017 $549,000 12/8/2017 $320,000
VERO BEACH 5515 42ND TERRACE 2/27/2017 $349,500 12/5/2017 $300,000
VERO BEACH 4708 SAINT ELIZABETH TERR UNIT#S 9/23/2017 $300,000 12/8/2017 $287,500
VERO BEACH 5511 57TH WAY 10/16/2017 $289,000 12/5/2017 $265,000
VERO BEACH 340 40TH COURT 9/30/2017 $309,000 12/4/2017 $250,219
VERO BEACH 2040 46TH AVENUE 4/30/2017 $219,495 12/8/2017 $250,000
VERO BEACH 1815 BRIDGEPOINTE CIRCLE UNIT#7 7/7/2017 $274,900 12/4/2017 $240,000
VERO BEACH 3232 ANTHEM WAY 9/21/2017 $249,000 12/7/2017 $230,000
SEBASTIAN 419 BISCAYNE LANE 10/5/2017 $255,000 12/8/2017 $225,000
VERO BEACH 1653 26TH AVENUE 10/24/2017 $225,000 12/6/2017 $220,000
SEBASTIAN 13530 WESTPORT DRIVE UNIT#202 8/9/2017 $240,000 12/5/2017

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1120 Carolina Circle SW, Vero Beach 1665 E Rosewood Court, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 5/30/2017 Listing Date: 5/15/2017
Original Price: $755,000 Original Price: $625,000
Sold: 12/5/2017 Sold: 12/4/2017
Selling Price: $706,500 Selling Price: $530,000
Listing Agent: Peggy Hewett Listing Agent: Robbie Berlingieri

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida Selling Agent: Billero & Billero

Beth Livers Not Provided

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Not Provided

1223 River Reach Drive, Vero Beach 5515 42nd Terrace, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 7/18/2017 Listing Date: 2/27/2017
Original Price: $549,000 Original Price: $349,500
Sold: 12/8/2017 Sold: 12/5/2017
Selling Price: $515,000 Selling Price: $320,000
Listing Agent: Sally Woods Listing Agent: Andrew Racaniello

Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise

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Berkshire Hathaway Florida Keller Williams Realty

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Coming Up! Historic ‘Main Street
Vero Beach’ gets
TREAT YOURSELF TO jolt of new energy

By SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Under the baton of Dr.
Marcos Flores, Christ by
the Sea brings the gift of music
to the community this Satur-
day with its largest choir and
orchestra ever, in the brand
new Christmas cantata “The
Song Heard ’Round the World,”
written by Joseph Martin. Li-
turgical dancers and power-
ful narration will enhance the
presentation, and the choir
and orchestra will be dressed
in garb representing many na-
tions, as befitting the cantata’s
theme and title. The evening
will include a moving, candle-
light singing of “Silent Night.”
Flores describes the cantata as
“a big production with a small
church feel.” If you have yet to
visit Christ by the Sea, expect to
be moved not only by the glo-
rious, uplifting music, but also
by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind


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Historic ‘Main Street Vero Beach’ gets jolt of new energy

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Carolyn Kleinpeter and Katherina Paliwoda. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD much of her life in the Panhandle and devel-
[email protected] oped a love of old Florida. But her penchant
people to believe in the program again.” Whether it’s murals of orange groves that for history and architecture extended far be-
Main StreetVero Beach has a new executive “Elaine also played a part in growing our portray the area’s history or galleries featuring yond Florida, and took root at an early age.
director. Katherina Paliwoda, who has a mas- art both Vero-centric and inspired by far-off Her parents met in Thailand where her moth-
ter’s degree in historic preservation, took over role with the arts district,” says Paliwoda.Ve- places visited by a well-traveled community, er is from and where her father served in the
the reins of the nonprofit’s local chapter when ro’s Main Street participates in the monthly the arts district is a microcosm of the demo- Air Force during the Vietnam War; every other
former director Elaine Jones retired. Jones will gallery strolls, maintaining a gallery and art- graphics of Vero Beach. year while Paliwoda was young, she spent the
stay on as vice president of the board. ist studio, and promoting a monthly guest summer months in Thailand, immersed in
artist there. “People may be drawn here by the beach, the country’s rich culture and ancient history.
Paliwoda’s predecessor brought a lengthy but while they’re here they also crave cultur-
resume focused on her fundraising skills “Some of the more successful Main Street al experiences,” says Paliwoda. “People want Unsure of what direction she wanted to
while working and volunteering for an im- programs have an art overlay. Art and histo- to be able to take a piece of Vero home with take her career, she changed majors three
pressive list of nonprofits. During her tenure ry are really good together,” says Paliwoda. them to remind them of this nice place. Art times before finally settling on humanities
as Vero’s Main Street executive director, Jones brings that out.” at Florida State University; later, she went
increased membership threefold and brought on to earn a master’s in historic preserva-
in new vendors for Downtown Friday. She cites the work of the mostly Afri- tion from Goucher College in Baltimore.
can-American landscape painters known as As part of that program, Paliwoda partici-
Few if any of the past Main Street direc- the Florida Highwaymen as unique to this pated in what she refers to as “Preservation
tors are as credentialed as Paliwoda in his- area and a draw for heritage tourism. At the Camp,” a two-week intensive introduction
toric preservation. Already she has managed same time, Vero’s visitors who are attracted to the graduate program.
something of a coup for Vero Beach: For to the ocean and tropical environment might
the first time, Vero will be hosting the Flor- lean toward beachscapes and landscapes. Guest lecturers were highly regarded pres-
ida Main Street Annual Conference July 30 ervation professionals from around the coun-
through Aug. 1. While Main Street America focuses on the try. It was through these intensive sessions
revitalization of older commercial areas by that Paliwoda discovered the Main Street
“It’s an opportunity to share our programs protecting the historic character while pro- movement. “I realized how much I loved the
with others and get feedback on what has moting the economics of those communities, history of architecture. The lead professor
worked with our counterparts,” she says. Paliwoda brings new energy to the streets of was Richard Wagoner, the main coordinator
Vero Beach’s historic downtown with her love for the national Main Street Center.”
According to Paliwoda, Jones’ most signif- of architecture and history.
icant legacy was her ability to mend broken Back in Tallahassee, Paliwoda spent time as
bridges among various factions in the histor- Paliwoda was born in Germany but moved a docent at the Florida Historic Capitol Muse-
ic downtown community. “She brought back to Panama City when she was 4. She spent um. She then went on to work as a program
the whole idea of Main Street by getting more assistant for the Florida Main Street program
in Tallahassee. That experience, she says, has
given her a unique overview of the state and
its 50-plus Main Street programs.

Now that she is in Vero Beach, Paliwoda’s
excitement is palpable as she talks over plans
for growing the MSVB program. She’s hoping
to add new events along the lines of the three
already well-known traditions: Downtown
Friday Night, the Main Street Vintage Market
and the Hibiscus Festival, all of which have
helped to draw crowds to the downtown area.

As crowds grow, she is working to improve
basic needs like outdoor lighting, long an is-
sue at the after-dark festivities.

“Main Street created events as a way to
bring people downtown, but what Main

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Street does is much bigger than that,” ex- achieves its goals, and in the process, gaining COMING UP ‘A Christmas Story.’
plains Paliwoda. recognition for its efforts.
“We also work with the city on infrastruc- Preservation is the foundation upon which
ture and the preservation of historic build- the Main Street program was founded, and stained-glass window art. Performances
ings through facade grants. We’re an econom- downtown Vero Beach has excellent “bones,” will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They are
ic-based preservation program.” Paliwoda says. free, and tickets are not required.

Main Street’s job is to recreate the sense of “When I look at buildings, I look at them 2 A beloved yuletide tradition that has
community that once filled the historic area. a little differently than other people. I notice illuminated the Christmas season this Friday and Saturday is “A Christmas
Paliwoda explains that it was first the Inter- the little cracks in the walls or pieces missing
state and later malls and big-box stores west off intricate detailing. Maybe it needs to have from generation to generation for close to Story, The Musical,” by the Tony-winning
of town that some killed downtown business- a paint job or the signage isn’t authentic.”
es. Gradually, others have opened and with half a century, the presentation of Han- team of Ben Pasek and Justin Paul. The
support, are doing well. “We have shops like In terms of streetscape, Main Street has
the Tea and Chi and The Parisian Hostess that already done a lot toward beautifying down- del’s “Messiah” at the First Baptist Church talented Riverside kids take us back to the
carry unique items that you can’t find any- town, in Paliwoda’s opinion. The baskets,
where else.” flowerpots and flags really make a differ- in Vero Beach will 1940s in the fiction-
ence; when you have something aestheti-
With an ever-changing streetscape, it’s cru- cally pleasing, people will take the time to be this Saturday and al town of Hohman,
cial for Main Street Vero Beach to reevaluate stop and walk, she says. “You want to see
the area included within the organization’s people standing in the street to take a pic- Sunday – for its 48th Indiana, to tell the
boundaries. And since her arrival, Paliwoda ture. You want them to see buildings that
has brought to the board’s attention several are well cared for.” year. Area commu- story of a holiday
historic buildings that lie just outside their
domain, such as theVero Railroad Station and “It’s the unique character and history of nity choirs and top- season through the
Orchid Island Catering. the area we need to focus on,” Paliwoda
adds, pointing to the iconic diesel plant, notch soloists come eyes of another kid.
Her biggest challenge has been educating now a brand-new brewery, as an example
the community on everything Main Street of the possibilities. “That’s not something together as the Trea- Nine-year-old Ral-
has to offer. Paliwoda’s multi-faceted ap- you’ll see in the mall.” The abandoned
proach includes plans to expand the bound- plant’s transformation adds to the prosperi- sure Coast Chorale, phie, full of spunk
aries, improve branding and networking. ty of the community, she says.
She also wants to facilitate preservation and lifting their voices and vinegar, has all
develop events that will increase consumer Gazing down 14th Avenue, Paliwoda lit-
traffic along 14th Avenue. While Main Street erally rubs her hands together as she pauses to perform Handel’s sorts of wintry ad-
receives both private and public funding, to look at the marquee over the old Florida
most of its capital is generated through mem- Theatre and then over at the Pocahontas powerful and icon- ventures with his
bership fees and event proceeds. That means building up the street. “We have some really
the nonprofit’s growth depends on how well it great buildings down here, and I can’t wait ic masterwork. The pals in his quest for,
to see what we can do with them. 
music begins at 7 says Riverside’s pro-

p.m. Doors open at 6 mo, “the Holy Grail

p.m., and it’s strongly of Christmas gifts:

suggested you arrive an Official Red Ry-

as early as possible to der carbine-action

ensure a seat. 200-shot Range

Model air rifle.”

3 On stage at ‘The Song Heard ’Round the World.’ The show opened
Riverside The- on Broadway in
atre for Kids through

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2012 and was nominated for several To- national tour comes to the Vero Beach er Art Club’s by riverside restaurants. Show hours are
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is the rain date.
nys, and you’ll find it still playing in the- High School Performing Arts Center this seasonal/
6 Wonder what Riverside Theatre will
aters throughout the country during the Saturday at 7 p.m. Of the enchanting vo- monthly fine come up with next in its uber popu-
lar Live in the Loop (outside music) week-
Christmas season. Tickets are $10. Show cal quintet, Sheeva, The Ledger (Ireland) art show, end series? Here’s what: Holiday Nights
– each December weekend (except Christ-
times are Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2 writes: The “glorious harmonies of Sheeva set up along mas weekend) you’ll find a festive holiday
place to hang out, with lights, music and
p.m. and 5:30 p.m. “A Christmas Story, make you think that the angels are sing- the winding, endless joie de Noel. The whole theater
campus will be alight, and the live bands
The Musical” is a holiday treat to share ing.” All five Angels are from Ireland, as are o a k- d a pp l e d promise to rock out with season faves.
What with food service, treats and “drink
with the kids you know and love. the other stars of this exciting Christmas SRAC. sidewalks of concoctions,” you can nosh with the mu-
sic all night long. There’s a rumor there
concert, the world-class Celtic S e b a s t i a n’s might even be a bit of snow. Not only that,
there’ll be an ice skating rink for the kids
Knight and Angel Dancers (in- Riverview Park, just across Indian River (with a charge for rink tickets). Admission
to everything else is free. It’s happening
cluding Patrick O’Mahoney of Drive from the beautiful Indian River 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
through Dec. 30. 
the international phenomenon, Lagoon. This Saturday will be especial-
Holiday Nights.
“Riverdance”) with their stun- ly festive as artists and art lovers share a

ning, heart-pounding routines; bountiful array of original work in myr-

and the Trinity Band Ensem- iad media – paintings, drawings, sculp-

ble of Dublin. The program in- ture, photography, jewelry, art glass,

cludes Celtic Christmas songs pottery, prints and on – with a decidedly

such as “Christmas in Killar- holiday ambiance. An especially fun as-

ney,” the lovely and haunting pect of this December show: the charm-

“Wexford Carol,” “Once Upon ing “Little Gems” stocking stuffers, small

a Time in Ireland” and “Oichie original paintings created by club artists

Chiuin” (Silent Night) sung in all during the year. I have mine from

Gaelic, the native language of previous years

the Celts. You’ll also hear clas- displayed al-

sics including “Jingle Bell Rock,” ready. Proceeds

“Let It Snow,” “It Came Upon from this project

the Midnight Clear” and oth- support the Ec-

ers. “The Celtic Angels Christ- umenical Coun-

‘The Celtic Angels Christmas Concert.’ mas Concert” is certainly one cil Food Pantry.
to share with the family, young
There will be

and old. Tickets are $35, online some refresh-

4 Some of the Emerald Isle’s most at, or at the PAC ments, and you
gorgeous female voices headline an box office.
may choose to

evening that will warm your heart and make a day of it

wonderfully enrich your holiday season, 5 It’s always a pleasant day at “Art by checking out
as “The Celtic Angels Christmas Concert” By The River,” the Sebastian Riv-
one of the near-

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Jake & Friends sing Vero’s praises at benefit gig

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Jake Owen with his band. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Scotty Emerick.
[email protected]
Taylor, Chase, Dale Jr. and Maltide Sorenson. Jan Fleisher and Jill Jaynes. at the Vero Beach Country Club, where
Fans doubled down on country mu- Owen raised even more money for the
sic last weekend as hometown stars Jake After the dust settled singer/songwrit- plenty of tales to tell about the pair as foundation playing with champion golfer
Owen and Scotty Emerick took to the er Scotty Emerick joined Owen on stage well, giving the evening the feeling of a John Daly.
stage during the Beach Town Music Festi- and the two got down to business, play- laid-back family reunion.
val. Festival-goers were thrilled to finally ing some of their favorites and reminisc- The Jake Owen Foundation has raised
settle into their beach chairs for the two- ing with the audience about growing up Sunday morning the day dawned more than $1.25 million, with 80 per-
day concert in Vero Beach, the inaugural in Vero Beach. The guests, comprised bright with a crisp nip in the air as golfers cent of the funds remaining in Indian
event having been postponed when Hur- in large part of friends and family, had headed to the greens for the Hale Groves River County to benefit such nonprofits
ricane Matthew made its visit to Florida Indian River Grapefruit Pro-Am, also as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River
in 2016. County, Hibiscus Children’s Center and
the Mardy Fish Foundation. Nationally,
Two large screens ensured everyone Owen’s foundation supports the St. Jude
could see the performers, which also Children’s Research Hospital for children
included Clare Dunn and David Nail, battling cancer and other childhood dis-
and cute little 6-year-old J.D. Sorensen eases.
singing a duet with Emerick. The crowd
surged to their feet to welcome home Other dedicated music fans returned
headliner Jake Owen, who peppered his to the Beach Town Music Festival, trek-
performance with references to his favor- king through the mud Saturday night for
ite old haunts, such as Riverside Café and performances by Beyond Blondes, David
Waldo’s, roller skating and hot summer Ray, Edwin McCain, the Gin Blossoms
days. and headliner Bret Michaels. The Festi-
val returns to Vero Beach next Dec. 7-8
“I don’t care if I’m at Walmart buying featuring Vince Neil of Motley Crue. 
fishing lures or out to dinner, year after
year the people of this community say
the nicest things,” said Owen, giving
heartfelt thanks to his fans. “I just hope
you guys know how much you mean to
me. It’s been 11 years that we’ve been
doing the Jake Owen Foundation con-
cert. And without a community like this
we wouldn’t be raising the money we’re
raising for the people that need it and I
wouldn’t be standing on this stage here
today playing for you guys. I’m proud of
Vero Beach.”

On Saturday night some fans enjoyed a
more intimate evening with their home-
town hero at An Evening with Jake to
benefit the Jake Owen Foundation, held
at the Vero Beach Country Club. Guests
packed the VIP reception and enjoyed
a bountiful buffet, drinks and a silent
auction before auctioneer Wesley Davis
cajoled them into a live-auction bidding
frenzy that raised more than $63,000.


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Cobalt: Fine dining at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

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5:30 pm to 10 pm.
A couple of weeks ago, we heard that PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD We concluded the dinners with a dish Lunch Monday-Friday
Cobalt – the elegant restaurant at the Vero of refreshing mango sorbet. 11 am to 2:30 pm,
Beach Hotel & Spa – had rolled out a new Tuna Poke Salad. Brunch weekends
menu in preparation for the start of an- Dinner for two with wine, before tax and 8am to 2:30 pm.
other winter season. So we headed there potatoes, citrus-fennel salad, and tomato tip, should run somewhere around $150.
with a couple of guests to check it out. consommé. Beverages: Full bar
On other visits to Cobalt, we have en-
The hostess showed us to a nice table in Our other companion’s hanger steak joyed a variety of its seafood dishes (the Address:
front of the spectacular 15-foot-high glass was tender and tasty, served with sautéed scallops being a favorite). But meat lov- 3500 Ocean Drive,
wall that looks out on the firepit and the onions, mushrooms, red skin potatoes, ers should take notice of the fact that the
sea, and a server quickly arrived to take our bone marrow and hanger steak is currently the only beef on Vero Beach
drink orders. Cobalt’s menu.
steak sauce. Phone:
For starters on this visit, I decided to My husband’s lamp pops Cobalt benefits from the fact that its ad- 772-469-1060
pass up the steamed clams – which I have were perfectly grilled medium joining lounge attracts large numbers of
enjoyed on several occasions – and instead rare, and served with mushrooms, locals to what is clearly the top happy hour
chose the foraged mushroom salad ($12). a goat cheese mousse. on the beach. And on a good night, the fash-
My husband opted for the poke salad ($16), ionable dark-paneled grill is a very good
one of our companions went for the crispy hotel restaurant – the kind you expect from
calamari ($14) and the other settled on the Kimpton, one of the country’s best opera-
farm greens ($10). tors of fine hostelries.

My mushroom salad, a variety of roast- I welcome your comments, and encour-
ed exotic mushrooms mixed with arugu- age you to send feedback to me at tina@
la, pickled red onions, crispy shallots and
dressed with a lime ponzu vinaigrette, was
exceptional. The reviewer dines anonymously at
restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
The crispy calamari appetizer, served 32963. 
with cocktail sauce and lemon aioli, was
a huge portion – plenty for two to share.
The farm greens were adorned with but-
termilk blue cheese, candied pecans,
figs, watermelon radish and carrots, and
dressed with a champagne vinaigrette.

My husband’s poke salad was one of the
nicest renditions of this increasingly pop-
ular dish that we have seen recently. The
small chunks of raw yellowfin tuna were
mixed with marinated seaweed, greens,
cucumber and carrots, and topped with
tobiko (a flying fish roe), toasted sesame
seeds, with a soy reduction and carrot gin-
ger dressing.

Then for entrées, I decided to try the
red snapper ($30), my husband chose the
Aussie lamb pops ($34), one companion
ordered the grouper ($32) and the other
opted for the hanger steak ($28).

My entrée consisted of three pieces of
snapper served with jasmine rice, baby
bok choy, fried basil, and Thai sweet
chili. A flavorful medley of Asian tastes.
Our companion’s grouper
was also perfectly pre-
pared, and served
with red skin

Sticky Toffee Pudding.

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ACROSS 60 Airport abbr. 120 Ox attachment granter The Washington Post
1 Thinking aids? 61 A Gabor DOWN 58 Triskaideka
5 Crosby, Stills & 63 You stay here 2B OR NOT 2B By Merl Reagle
65 Ursula Andress 1 Jazz quartet, e.g. follower
___ 2 Fugard’s A 62 Hindu retreat NOopwen
9 Parts of a film 64 She had an
66 Instance, in Lesson from ___
washboard 3 Bean or car Arden following
stomach, briefly France 4 Chimney coating 66 Glitterati member
12 It goes with the 69 Magician’s word 5 Slangy “sorry” 67 Take ___ at (try)
airflow 71 Composer 6 Don King 68 Rife with rock
16 Grab bag 69 Bombard
17 Popular cookie Charles booking 70 Insect-loving
18 Bed crosspiece 73 Ideally 7 Fax
19 Alfred the Great 75 Fat bird’s walk? 8 Relaxing soaks leaper
was one 79 Focus of a 9 Tiny Alice 72 Great guy?
20 Single-channel 74 Breakfast option
syst. driving obsession playwright 75 Central, for one
21 A ___ TIP (apt 81 Choir member 10 ___ breath 76 Stern with a bow
anagram of 82 ___ as 77 Really succeed
“pittance”) (flower) 78 Drop cloth?
22 Author of Honor Methuselah 11 With poly and 15 80 “Feels good”
Thy Yakking 83 Heyerdahl’s
Father? Down, a plastic sound
24 Graffiti from second papyrus 12 Curbside 84 Stick it in your
a certain boat
Flintstones fan? 84 “Feels good” employee ear
27 Bolivian bear sound 13 Rail splitter 85 Some
28 ___ roll 85 Deck view 14 ZIP Codes, for
29 Juice points 86 Rapids transit woodwinds
under 87 Noel Coward ex. 87 Mary Wells
the hood song about 15 See 11 Down
30 Subside loving a man 18 Shore floor classic
33 Symbolic slander in uniform? 19 Bargain events 88 Cassini et al.
34 Sicilian peak 91 Mowgli’s python 22 Express 89 Tucson school,
35 Baseball’s Kaline friend
and others 92 Pep rally site dissatisfaction to locals
36 Vermilion 93 Plunder 23 Veil material 90 Trash-strewn lot,
38 Title for a woman 94 Over there, back 25 Acting Gig
who’s a light then 26 Novelist Rice e.g.
eater? 95 Jenny of weight 31 Heep of trouble 92 Young female
45 Location loss 32 It means “rock”
46 Exploiting 97 Honchos in 33 “... she loves ___ pigs
47 Start of many headdresses 96 Fatty ___
Southwestern 100 “___-lish!” ...” 97 People with
cities 101 Cyclamate 34 Some collars
48 Don’t work banner: abbr. 35 Funny lyricist handles
49 Comical 104 What frustrated 98 Sword parts
Catherine solvers may end Sherman and 99 Dom Pedro’s ill-
50 “___ soak your up doing today? others
head!” 108 Once-popular 37 Situation fated wife
51 See 47 Across kids’ cereal in 38 Proportion 100 Drifted (off)
52 What the sot Brazil? 39 The Poe House 101 Big sheet
started 111 Anise-flavored 40 The ___ 102 Swig
doing? aperitif Sanction 103 Aphorism
55 Go through an 112 Inter ___ 41 EPCOT’s st. 105 Elks’ letters
infant 113 CrOWds 42 “___ were you ...” 106 Drive to
stage 114 Leftovers 43 Kin of a bauble
57 Skater’s finale, 115 Fishing spot 44 Nickname of bankruptcy,
often 116 PED act basketball great maybe
59 Has ___ pot 117 Pivot point Oscar Robertson 107 Ceraceous
118 Priest’s add-on 45 Chasing word 108 Housing agcy.
119 Apt author of The 49 Eightsome 109 Reviewer Reed
Never-Ending 51 Vegas roll 110 Swiss canton
Story 52 1992 Earth
Summit city It’s a date.
53 “___ we meet
again” Join us for a lunch that
54 The Merry you will remember.
Widow composer
56 Salome’s wish Call with an opening on
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Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of Random House, said, “Gross ignorance is 144 AKJ9
times worse than ordinary ignorance.”
Q 10 3
That’s the sort of clever comment some people — like me! — wish they had thought of
first. In this week’s deal, though, the word “worse” was used by the original declarer. He WEST EAST
was in four hearts. He ruffed the club-ace lead, drew two rounds of trumps leaving the A965
queen on the board, cashed the diamond ace and king, then played a third diamond. 4 Q J 10
However, East won with the queen and shifted to the spade queen. Three spade losers 832
later, declarer was one down. AKJ65 83

“Did you ever see a worse distribution?” South asked his partner. “East had the Q65
diamond queen and West had ace-third of spades. If the diamond queen or spade ace
had been doubleton, or the diamond queen with West, I would have been all right.” 98742

North agreed that his partner was unlucky. However, after the session, what did he point SOUTH
out that his partner had missed?
After ruffing at trick one, South could have made the contract with some excellent
guesswork. The curious may work it out. But much simpler was not to ruff; instead, to A K 10 9 6 5 2
discard a diamond. Suppose West switches to a diamond. South wins with dummy’s
king, draws trumps, plays his last diamond to dummy’s ace and leads another diamond. 10 7 4
Here, the queen appears, so declarer ruffs, crosses to the heart queen and discards
a spade on the diamond jack. If East plays low on the third diamond, South pitches a —
spade and cannot be defeated even if West wins the trick.
Dealer: North; Vulnerable: East-West

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ONGOING 16 Jingle Bell Jog 5K, 7:30 a.m. at South Beach bration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park to ben- 24 Run Run Santa 1-Mile, 7:30 a.m. from
Park to benefit Christian FM. 772-559-0514 efit Hope for Families Center. 772-567-5537 x326 Pocahontas Park - participants ALL
Vero Beach Museum of Art - DeWitt Boutelle af- racing in full Santa suits (no exceptions; suit in-
ter Thomas Cole: The Voyage of Life thru Jan. 7 and 16 ELC EcoTalks Speaker Series: Seagrasses 16|17 Treasure Coast Chorale, cluded in registration) to benefit Healthy Start
Masters of American Photography thru Jan. 14. of the Indian River Lagoon, 11 a.m. at community choirs and Coalition TLC Newborn program. 321-412-
Environmental Learning Center. world-class soloists unite for 48th presenta- 1830
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Christmas in Ireland, 7 p.m. at Vero to 7:30 p.m. at McKee Botan-
DECEMBER Beach High School PAC, with Sheeva Quintet, 21-23 Holidays at McKee, 6 to 8 ical Garden - celebrate incoming year in peace
Celtic Knight Dancers and Trinity Band Ensem- p.m. at McKee Botanical and harmony surrounded by sights and sounds
14 Emerson Center’s Humanities Series ble of Dublin. $35. 772-564-5537 Garden – festival holiday lights & decorations, of nature. Standard admission. 772-794-0601
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world-class diving, beach jumps and Island Par- January 1 | Run Vero’s Resolution Run 5K 7 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra pres- 8 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Charity
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ries, 7 p.m. at Coconut Point pavilions. Free mony. $125; $475/foursome. 772-770-4424 Grand Gala, all to benefit local charities focusing on
with park entry fee. 772-388-2750 children and education. Limited participation in all 12 Sebastian River Area Chamber of
7 Beachside Half-Marathon and 5K Walk/Run, but 5K & Fun Run. 772-492-2020 Commerce Concerts in the Park pres-
31 Hippy New Year-themed New Year’s 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. at Riverside Park to ents Penny Creek Band, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at River-
Ball, 5 p.m. to midnight at north side benefit IRC Healthy Start Coalition. 772-563-9118 view Park. Free. 772-589-5969
of Indian River Mall, celebrating 50th anniver-
sary of ‘Summer of Love’ with local singers, 12 Live from Vero Beach presents jazz,
tribute Beatles band, Liverpool Live, midnight folk singers Livingston Taylor and Kar-
ball drop and fireworks, with proceeds to bene- la Bonoff, 7 p.m. at Emerson Center. 772-234-
fit Treasure Coast Players. Free admission; food 4412
and game tickets available for purchase. 520-
460-4670 12 Indian River Symphonic Association
presents the Royal Philharmonic Or-
31 New Year’s Eve Dance, 9 p.m. to 1 chestra featuring, Pinchas Zukerman, conduc-
a.m. at the Heritage Center. 772-770- tor & soloist, performing Mozart’s Violin Con-
2263 certo No. 5 in A Major, 7:30 p.m. at Vero Beach
Community Church. 772 778-1070
13 Murder Mystery Road Rally, 10 a.m.
1 Run Vero’s Resolution Run 5K, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit Treasure Coast
New Year’s Day at Riverside Park followed Community Health – leave from TCCH park-
by post-race festivities to benefit Education ing lot and accumulate clues along a rally
Foundation of IRC. 772-569-7364 route to solve the baffling crime. $125. 772-




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