The Memorial Healthcare System Board is in the process of selecting a new CEO to replace Frank Sacco who is departing the system after 28 years of serving as CEO.

During a recent meeting of the Board, members voted to conduct interviews for candidates  on January 22 and 23. It voted to name Aurelio Fernandez III interim CEO is a candidate is not selected by March 1. Fernandez is one of the candidates.

During the meeting, a group of speakers said they wanted the next CEO to be selected from the four internal candidates. The speakers were applauded by the crowd that was present. Some of the board members have said they wanted to meet individually with the candidates. George LeMieux, a former U.S. Senator said that while it is legal for board members to meet privately with candidates, he recommended that the best course of action would be to conduct the interviews in public. The board agreed that all the interviews would be conducted in public.

Internal candidates include Nina Beauchesne, senior vice president, Memorial Healthcare System, Aurelio Fernandez III, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Memorial Healthcare System, Kennon Hetlage, chief executive officer Memorial Hospital West and Matthew Muhart, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Memorial Healthcare System.

External candidates include Jeffrey Brickman, group president, Centura Health, hospital system in Denver, David Bradley, regional vice president, Sutter Health, a system in northern California, and Dr. Kelly, former president and chief operating officer, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Other candidates include Lee Ann Liska, president and CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Daniel McGinty, executive vice president Allina Health, Minneapolis and Dr. Christopher Olivia, president of Continuum Health Alliance in Marlton, New Jersey.

Korn Ferry is the search firm that recommended the candidates. Memorial Healthcare System includes six hospitals, a nursing home and urgent care facilities. It also offers home health services. It is legally called the South Broward Hospital District. The district brings in $1.8 billion in revenue much of which comes from insurance payments and government reimbursement. The district collects taxes from property owners south of Griffin Road.