Our membership accurately reflects the diversity in South Florida, and
focuses on issues unique to our community.

Our Purpose


We are unparalleled in our knowledge of South Florida health-related issues


We foster relationships and collaboration among industry leaders


We are outspoken and powerful supporters on issues that impact our community’s health


SFHHA will improve the efficient delivery of quality healthcare services to our communities by championing collaboration and communication among leaders across the healthcare continuum.


To bring together leaders of the different sectors of the South Florida healthcare community to provide direction, solve problems and offer sound advice.


Serving on a committee offers the opportunity to help shape policy and to make a difference. It also gives industry professionals the chance to exchange ideas and to expand their knowledge and exposure.

Duties include developing presentations and programs, including subject matter, determining suitable experts, style and format, as well as designing surveys and evaluation tools.

Laurie Padron, Corporate Director,
Talent Development
Memorial Healthcare System

Violet Nikcolici Lowrey
Director of Student Services
Keiser University

Duties include developing the Association’s federal, state and local positions on issues, and develop strategies to advocate healthcare policy positions before govenment, the media, the public and other organizations which affect Association members as defnied by our bylaws.

Diana Arteaga, Esq.
VP, Government Relations & Community/Public Affairs
Broward Health

Explores financial issues pertaining to health care services, including research and development, managed care, reimbursement mechanisms, and indigent care.

Ken Spell,
Vice President
Homestead Hospital

Facilitates communication within the healthcare IT communities, advocates for EHR adoption, and issues updates on federal/state initiatives, policies and legislation.

Richard La Bella,

William Manzie
Adminstrative Director of Telehealth Strategy
Memorial Health System

Responsible for refining marketing information, member retention and new member identification and acquisition.

Charles Felix,
South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report

Focuses on creating PR-related educational seminars, boosting SFHHA brand recognition, and sharing best practices around transparency, consumer-driven care and press-hospital relations.

Angelo Appio
Area Director for Business Development
Kindred Hospitals

Develops educational programs focused on quality improvement and public accountability, identifies best practices, and recognizes high-quality health and human services organizations.

Kathy Zanelli, RN
Executive Director of Nursing
Lennar Foundation Medical Center

Jeannie McCabe,
VP of Quality & Analytics
Catholic Health Services

Areas of responsibility include violence and theft prevention, legislation designating hospital and healthcare facilities “safety zones,” and disaster preparedness and response.

Ellen Sordo, RN,BSN, MN
Director Security, Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Homestead Hospital

Al Molina
Executive Fellow South Florida Market
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

The workforce committee addresses overall personnel shortages and challenges among SFHHA members to work collectively towards non-competitive solutions for the workforce shortage issues.

Karen Harris,
VP of Field Operations
Healthcare District of Palm Beach County

Develops, evaluates and revises programs to generate non-dues revenue as an offset to membership dues, and provides non-dedicated funding for additional programs and services.

Charles Felix,
South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report

If you are interested, we encourage you to consider serving on a committee.
For more information, please contact Committees@sfhha.com  


Take advantage of the opportunity to become
a voice for our community’s health needs