SOURCE: Nemours

February 01, 2007 09:31 ET

Nemours Forms Florida Board of Managers

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 1, 2007 -- Nemours, one of the nation's largest children's health systems, announced today the formation of the Florida Board of Managers (FL BOM). This new entity will provide guidance and report to the Board of Directors. The FL BOM will determine and approve the qualifications for credentialed professional staff for Nemours' Florida operations in Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola.

"The creation of the Florida Board of Managers will allow Nemours to benefit from the leadership and guidance of the Managers, who bring added value to our organization in supporting our overall strategic direction in Florida," said David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Nemours. "They will help guide us to better meet the needs of our patients, and to build on the strengths of Nemours' health professionals to ensure that we have a strong strategic focus in delivering care that is timely, appropriate and safe."

Nemours expects that the FL BOM will provide invaluable assistance to Nemours in its pursuit of excellence in medical care linked with community-based, integrated health services, for the well being of all of Florida's children. "The formation of a Florida Board of Managers parallels the governance structure in place in Delaware, where the Delaware Board of Managers has long provided guidance and support for the operations of Nemours' Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington," said Roy Proujansky, MD, Executive Vice President of Patient Operations and COO of Nemours. "The Florida Managers will also serve as the governing body for a future Nemours children's hospital or for other licensed health care facilities Nemours may operate in Florida."

"We are honored that these Florida Managers have agreed to contribute their efforts, and that their mission will include supporting Nemours' goal of bringing a fully integrated children's health system to Florida," stated John "Jack" Porter III, Chairman of Nemours' Board of Directors.

The newly appointed FL BOM includes:

Catherine Brown-Butler -- Senior Vice President, Market Development Manager for Bank of America. Manages charitable giving for Central Florida market. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Brown-Butler attended Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Simmons Graduate School of Management, Boston, Massachusetts.

Gerald F. Banks -- Entrepreneur with a concentration in the real estate industry and food and beverage manufacturing industry. He is President and owner of Rowena Corporation in Maitland, Florida. Banks is also President of Action Ice, LLC in Orlando, Florida.

Charles E. Hughes, Jr. -- President & CEO, Florida Capital Group, Inc. A graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Economics, Hughes is the former Chairman of Florida National Bank of Jacksonville and Executive Vice President of Florida National Banks of Florida. He is a former Chairman of both Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Public Broadcasting Services (WJCT) of Jacksonville, Florida.

Leonard H. Habas -- Chairman & CEO, Advance Publishers in Maitland, Florida. Habas received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and his Masters of Science from Northeastern University. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Central Florida chapter of the Red Cross, and is currently a member of the Orlando Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

Donald R. Dizney -- Chairman of the Board of United Medical Corporation, and Chairman of Double Diamond Farms in Ocala, Florida. Dizney is past chairman of the University of Central Florida Foundation, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, the past director of the Orlando Museum of Art, past President and Chairman of the Florida Citrus Bowl and past Director of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce.

J. Malcolm Jones, Jr. -- Chairman & CEO of Jones Financial Group. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Florida Capital Group, Inc. Jones previously was the President & CEO of FloridaBanks and a Senior Vice President of the St. Joe Company. He is also past Chairman of The Bolles School and The Greenwood School in Jacksonville, Florida.

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The FL BOM will report to The Nemours Foundation Board of Directors. The Nemours Foundation Board of Directors includes:

--  John F. Porter III: Chairman of Nemours' Board of Directors.
--  John S. Lord: Vice-Chairman of Nemours' Board of Directors.
--  Hugh M. Durden: Chairman of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust.
--  Brian P. Anderson: Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
    Officer of Baxter International and OfficeMax.
--  Leonard L. Berry, Ph.D.: Distinguished Professor of Marketing M.B.
    Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership Mays Business School,
    Texas A&M University.
--  Richard T. Christopher: President and Chief Executive Officer of
    Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate and Chairman of Nemours Board of Managers-
--  Rosa Baumanis Hakala: Senior Vice President, Retail Sector for PWC
--  Terri L. Kelly: President and Chief Executive Officer of W.L. Gore.
--  J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MPP: Senior Scholar at the Institute of
    Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
--  Robert G. Riney: Chief Operating Officer for the Henry Ford Health
--  William T. Thompson III: Immediate past Chairman of Nemours' Board of
--  Winfred L. Thornton: Immediate past Chairman of the Alfred I. duPont
    Testamentary Trust.

About Nemours

Nemours provides institutions and services to improve the health of children. Employing over 400 pediatric physicians, subspecialists and surgeons, Nemours cared for approximately a quarter of a million children during nearly one million encounters in 2005, making Nemours one of the nation's largest children's health systems.

In addition to the many ongoing research, education, health and prevention programs, Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and major children's specialty centers in Delaware (Wilmington), Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr), New Jersey (Atlantic City and Voorhees) and many primary care pediatric practices throughout Delaware. Additionally, the most visited health care Web site online for parents, kids, and teens, is a project of Nemours.

Nemours is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Florida, University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Main Line Health System, Virtua Health, AtlantiCare Regional Health System, Baptist Medical Center (Wolfson Children's Hospital), Orlando Regional Medical Healthcare (Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women) and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Additional information can be found at

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