Meet the 6 nominees for the Broadlawns Medical Center Board of Trustees


Six candidates are on the ballot in November for the Polk County Public Hospital Board of Trustees.

Three spots are open to the seven-member board that oversees Broadlawns Medical Center, the Polk County taxpayer-funded hospital in Des Moines. In 2021, the hospital revenue stream included over $73 million from property tax.

The 200-bed hospital, which employs more than 1,200 full-time staff and approximately 100 physicians, is a safety net medical provider for community members. The majority of his patients rely on non-commercial health insurance plans, such as Medicaid.

Candidates vying for a place in the board of directors vary in experience, and if elected next month, three of them will serve six-year terms.

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Only one – Marc Ward, the current chairman of the board – is the incumbent candidate for re-election. The other board members whose terms end this year, Janet Metcalf and Mary Krieg, are not seeking re-election.

The other candidates on the ballot are Shaimaa Aly; Kathleen “Kacey” Davis; Wayne Ford; Thaddeus Franklin Jr.; and Bruce Schmiedlin.

Here’s more information about each nominee based on interviews with the Des Moines Register last week.

Shaimaa Aly

West Des Moines resident Shaimaa Aly is a senior operational risk manager for a major metro area mortgage lender. Born and raised in Egypt, she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from Cairo University before immigrating to the United States in 2000.

She later earned a master’s degree from Drake University.

The 41-year-old currently serves on the West Des Moines Human Rights Commission and Capital Crossroads. She also volunteers with other local nonprofits, with a particular interest in helping immigrant women and youth. It was through this work that she realized how closely linked good health outcomes were to housing and food security.

Aly believes that her experience in both her day-to-day work and her volunteering provides valuable insight to an institution like Broadlawns.

“I have a long experience in the defense of human rights and I have a degree in economics and statistics,” she said. “You can’t run a big business like Broadlawns without assessing the risks and controls.”

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If elected, Aly said she would focus on expanding mental health services in Broadlawns. She also hopes to work with the medical center foundation to step up fundraising efforts and partner with other organizations in the metro area to better meet community needs.

“Broadlands can’t solve anything on its own,” she said. “Not one organization in the subway can solve problems in a vacuum. We have to work together.”

Kathleen “Kacey” Davis

Kacey Davis, a family nurse practitioner, is seeking a seat on the Broadlawn board in the upcoming November 2022 election.

Kacey Davis, from Des Moines, is a family nurse practitioner who works for a metro-area company as the director of employee health and wellness. A native of Des Moines, she earned a business degree from the University of Iowa before obtaining her medical training at DePaul University in Chicago.

Davis, 37, also works part-time at a local community health center, where she said she learned first-hand about the gaps in care vulnerable members of the community face. If elected to the board, Davis said one of her goals is to improve accessibility to health care by establishing a mobile medical and dental clinic and other similar services.

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She also thinks Broadlawns should increase mental health services by hiring more providers.

“We are in a mental health crisis,” Davis said. “I often had patients who were on intense injectable psychiatric medications, and those require intensive monitoring. isn’t really the way it should be.”

Wayne Ford

Wayne Ford

Wayne Ford, a former state legislator, is also the founder of Urban Dreams. He said his work with Broadlawns dates back to 1985, when he founded the Des Moines-based nonprofit social service and the hospital became one of the first entities to partner with his organization to offer community services.

He has also worked as a consultant for Broadlawns for the past six years, a position from which he recently stepped down to run for the board.

“I’m running to carry on the legacy of Broadlawns’ vision to be America’s best public hospital,” he said.

If elected, Ford said he would continue the work he began during his years as a state representative and in his advocacy work throughout Polk County and the state. He highlighted his success with initiatives such as Teach and Tech, a collaboration between Urban Dreams, Broadlawns and other organizations to provide apprenticeships for those interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

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Ford hopes to continue to meet the needs of the community by partnering with other organizations that are also doing this work, he said.

Ford grew up in Washington, D.C., before moving to Des Moines to attend Drake University in 1974. He served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1996 to 2010 and later opened his own consulting firm, Wayne Ford and Associates.

Thaddeus Franklin Jr.

Thaddeus Franklin, Governor Terry Branstad and Angela Franklin attended the Celebrate Iowa Gala on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

Thaddeus Franklin Jr. did not respond to interview requests from the Registry.

The Polk County resident earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a master’s degree from Mercer University in Atlanta. His website boasts 30 years of experience in healthcare administration and management at a handful of medical centers in Atlanta and Nashville.

Shortly after her family moved to Des Moines, Franklin opened her own healthcare consulting business, Assessment Solutions, in 2012.

Franklin said on his website that he sees the opportunity to serve on the board “as an opportunity to give back.”

“He thinks the board would benefit from directors with a broad understanding of health care services and best practices,” Franklin’s website says.

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Bruce Schmiedlin

Bruce Schmiedlin, an independent CPA, is seeking election to the Broadlawns Board of Directors in the upcoming November 2022 election.

Grimes resident Bruce Schmiedlin owns a tax practice, Bruce Tax and CPA. The 58-year-old CPA graduated from Carroll University Waukesha, Wisconsin, and later moved to the Des Moines area in 2010.

Earlier in his career as a financial analyst, he traveled throughout Latin America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Schmiedlin also served a five-year term, which ended in 2017, on the board of Disability Rights Iowa.

A friend’s negative experience at the Broadlawn emergency room, which resulted in a complaint to the state’s Department of Inspections and Appeals, prompted him to run for the board of directors. hospital, he said. According to Schmiedlin, the individual, whom he declined to identify, was denied a second opinion by the staff doctor.

Letters from DIA’s state office, Schmiedlin, provided to the Des Moines Register, show the complaint was “substantiated without deficiency,” meaning Broadlawns was not penalized. Documents show the emergency department doctor was the only one on duty during the incident and the hospital was unable to keep up with demand.

“I don’t like to see people in a position of being able to trample on the rights of others, especially those from groups who may not have the same level of access to advocacy as other groups,” he said. -he declares.

Marc Ward

Marc Ward, nominee for the Board of Broadlawns Medical Center.

Marc Ward, who is the current Chairman of the Board, and is seeking his second term at the County Public Hospital.

An attorney with the law firm Fredrikson and Byron, he currently sits on the board of the watchdog group Taxpayers of Central Iowa. He was also a member of the Des Moines Public Schools Board for 9 years.

Ward, who is from Des Moines, attended Iowa State University for his undergrad before earning his law degree from Drake University Law School.

Ward said he was running for re-election “mainly to see through the success we’ve seen so far,” particularly the hospital’s ability to pull itself out of financial difficulties in recent years. Broadlawns was on the verge of being unable to repay its large debts in the early 2000s, until the arrival of the Affordable Care Act. Many Iowans who fell through the cracks were able to obtain health insurance, which allowed Broadlawns to receive payment to treat them, instead of canceling it as charitable care.

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“We are making a lot of progress in some areas and I want to be there to keep that going,” he said.

Ward was on the board when the last of the debts were paid off, he said. If re-elected, his priority is to maintain the hospital’s debt-free status.

“We have no long-term debt, which is amazing,” he said. “It gives us a lot of flexibility and protects us from a lot of economic disadvantages that other hospitals might, and frankly, do.”

Ward said his other priorities for the council will include a focus on mental health care and other brain health services, such as Alzheimer’s care.

Michaela Ramm covers health care for the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at [email protected]at (319) 339-7354 or on Twitter at @Michaela_Ramm.


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