Our Team

We are caring and dedicated people who believe in our mission to enable well-being through compassionate patient- and family-driven care, professional support services and life-enhancing education.

Our Executive Team

Leadership

  • Susan de Cuba, President and Chief Executive Officer
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    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Susan de Cuba was appointed president and chief executive officer for Treasure Health in 2013 after serving the organization as vice president of community outreach, vice president of strategic development and executive vice president.

    During her tenure at Treasure Health, Susan has led the organization to state and national recognition for its innovative community outreach programs and its work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. She was instrumental in instituting Treasure Health’s innovative palliative care program, which is a model for the state.

    Susan is a frequent featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association and other health care associations. She has been recognized by the American Marketing Association as one of the top nonprofit marketers in the country and honored for Treasure Health's award-winning hospice media education campaign.

    As a member of the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s board since 2012, Susan has held various leadership positions including chair of the Quality Committee, chair of the Forum Marketing Committee, vice president for internal affairs, and currently as the FHPCA board chair.

    Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master in counseling from the University of South Florida. She also has received the status of Advanced Certified Hospice Executive.

  • Bernice Burkarth, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Palliative Care
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    Senior Medical Director, Palliative Care

    Dr. Burkarth has been practicing hospice and palliative medicine for 11 years, working as a full-time hospice and palliative medicine physician since 2005. She is the senior medical director of the palliative care program at Treasure Health.

    Dr. Burkarth received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, after which she completed her neurosurgical residency at Albany Medical Center. She went on to practice general neurosurgery in the Treasure Coast until dedicating herself to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine.

    She is an assistant clinical professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, Ft. Pierce campus.

    Nationally, Dr. Burkarth serves on the ethics committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is the section leader of the Physician and Advanced Practice Provider section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

    She has presented at national conferences, both at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization national meeting and at the Center to Advance Palliative Care National Meeting.

    She achieved hospice medical director certification in May 2014 as well as fellow status with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in November 2016.

  • Robert “Bob” Dunwoody, Jr., Chief Financial Officer
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    Chief Financial Officer

    Robert “Bob” Dunwoody, the Chief Financial Officer for Treasure Health, has a longstanding record of achievement on the Treasure Coast and South Florida. He served as CFO for the Delray Medical Center, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Hospital and Group Practice in Fort Lauderdale.

    Most recently, he was Vice President and CFO at Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Dallas, Texas, where he had responsibility for company-wide performance management and innovation at 80 hospitals within the system.

    Robert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Florida State University and a Master of Healthcare Administration Degree from the University of Florida.

    With a deep commitment to his community, Robert has served as the Treasurer for Exchange Club/CASTLE on the Treasure Coast, has participated in committees of the United Way, and was instrumental in the development of the HANDS Clinic, St. Lucie County’s indigent health clinic.

  • Kenneth “Murray” Fournie, Vice President of Philanthropy
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    Vice President of Philanthropy

    Murray Fournie began his career in philanthropy in college as a phone-a-thon volunteer and has developed that initial passion for helping others into a 20-year career of assisting non-profit organizations in raising over $250 million.

    Eckerd College, the American Cancer Society, St. Bonaventure University, Indian River Medical Center and Jupiter Medical Center all have benefited from Murray’s fundraising expertise.

    In addition to serving in leadership roles in fundraising, Murray also enjoys teaching, and he has co-authored an article for the National Council on Planned Giving, now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

    Active in community and professional activities, Murray has served on the board of the Exchange Club of Vero and the Indian River Planned Giving Council, has assisted the Resource Development Committee for the United Way of West Palm Beach and is a member of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Martin County Estate Planning Council.

    Murray holds a bachelor of science degree from Eckerd College, a master in education from Vanderbilt, national certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, and the prestigious status of Fellow with the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

    Murray enjoys fishing, rowing, snorkeling, clay shooting and spending time with his family.

  • Linda Hall, RN, Director of Access and Provider Partnerships
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    Director of Access and Provider Partnerships

    Linda Hall brings her extensive experience in clinical services to Treasure Health as the Director of Access and Provider Partnerships.

    Linda has particular expertise in implementing evidence-based practices in the clinical setting and assuring the coordination of patient care. She has been especially interested in advanced diseases that affect the older population and in the treatment protocols that are most effective in helping patients through the many stages of care.

    Linda has served as a Director of Nursing, Disease Management Program Director, and Director of Clinical Services at healthcare organizations in South Florida for almost twenty-five years.

  • Jacki Nardone, LCSW, Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services
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    Director of Counseling and Pediatric Services

    For more than 18 years, Jacki Nardone has worked with individuals and families as they cope with trauma, loss and grief. Her compassion is readily evident to those who seek counseling through Treasure Health.

    Jacki began her career at Treasure Health as a youth counselor and coordinator. She helped to expand the offerings that the organization makes available to children and teens who are coping with loss, and she assisted in the development of programs to support families who have lost children. She now heads a team of counselors who are available to the community for both individual and group counseling sessions.

    A licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida, Jacki holds a master in social work from Barry University. She is a diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, is certified in rapid trauma resolution, a member of the Critical Incidence Stress Management Team and holds the national bereavement facilitator certification.

  • Gerald Turgeon, D.O., Vice President of Medical Services
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    Vice President of Medical Services

    Dr. Gerald Turgeon completed his residency and internship in neurology and neuromuscular diseases at Michigan Medical Center, where he was named residents instructor of the year and received the Alvin Yarrow Memorial Award Certificate of Excellence. He continued his medical training at Kirksville Osteopathic Medical Center in Missouri.

    In general practice in Michigan and South Dakota, Dr. Turgeon found his enduring passion in end-of-life care.

    “Caring for patients and families during their end-of-life journey is profoundly rewarding for me,” Dr. Turgeon says, “and reminds me daily of why I chose medicine as my life career.”

    Dr. Turgeon eventually moved to Florida, where he served as a hospice physician for VITAS and Hospice of Palm Beach before joining the medical staff of Treasure Health.

    Active in the South Central Neurologic Association and a frequent speaker at regional and national medical meetings on the topics of neurology and hospice and end-of-life care, Dr. Turgeon still finds time for scuba diving, horses and farming.

  • Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources
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    Vice President of Human Resources

    Angella Williams serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Treasure Health, overseeing staffing, compensation and benefits strategies for 400 employees across the two counties served by the Treasure Health family of services.

    With her experience in all facets of human resources management, Angella assures that all state and federal regulations that govern employment practices are adhered to and that all policies are applied fairly and consistently across the entire organization.

    In addition, Angella acts as an internal consultant and coach in helping Treasure Health to create and sustain an environment that promotes both employee and organizational success.

    Angella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Executive MBA from Florida International University. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, biking, cooking, reading, dancing, and listening to music.

     

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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

For more, see our spring newsletter
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Five Wishes ®

“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your “Five Wishes ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.

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