The Health Care District honors the life Benjamin Frank, 82, former Health Care District Board Chair, who passed away on December 18, 2016 at his Singer Island home with his family by his side. Mr. Frank was a retired lawyer and businessman, with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare, foreign trade, retail, business development, and government.
In February 2009, Mr. Frank was appointed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to the Health Care District Board and he served as Board Chair from October 2011 to January 2013. During Mr. Frank’s tenure, the public health care system marked its 15th year of operating a model School Health program and its 20th year of overseeing the county’s nationally recognized and life-saving Trauma System.
Mr. Frank’s term was also highlighted by the District receiving a federal grant to provide primary care at the Palm Beach County Health Department public health clinics, which are now the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics.
In 2011, Lakeside Medical Center, the Health Care District’s acute-care hospital in Belle Glade, launched a three-year Family Medicine Residency Program to help train doctors in the underserved region and encourage them to practice locally.
Mr. Frank’s steady leadership, as well as his commitment to government transparency and fiscal responsibility, helped guide the Health Care District during the economic recession, transition in management, and national health care reform.
Former Board Chair Benjamin Frank, JD with Health Care District Board Commissioner and former Board Chair Carol A. Roberts in February 2013, when he was presented with a memento marking his years of service to the District’s Board
Mr. Frank most recently served as a Director for Rennova Health, Inc. and previously served as a director of Medytox Solutions, Inc. Mr. Frank’s distinguished career included serving as a member of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s administration. In 1980, Mr. Frank was selected to Chair a special Transition Advisory Group focused on the revitalization of American cities. He played a key role in the development of the World Trade Center project and the Harlem State Office Project in New York City, and he served as Deputy Commissioner for New York State’s Office of General Services.
Mr. Frank also served as an advisor to President Reagan on international trade negotiations. Mr. Frank was Senior Vice President for Allied Stores Corporation, Executive Vice President/General Counsel for the Hament Corporation, and founder and Chairman of Ben & Jerry’s Canada. He also served as Vice President and Board member of the North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, now Northwell Health on Long Island, New York.
Mr. Frank was committed to the Health Care District’s mission of being Palm Beach County’s health care safety net and he had great respect for the Health Care District’s employees. We extend our sincere sympathies to Mr. Frank’s family.