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.

  • Leigh Bergstrom, RN, Chief Compliance Officer
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    Chief Compliance Officer

    Leigh Bergstrom brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to her work as chief compliance officer for Treasure Health. Leigh began her career as a stockbroker specializing in tax-sheltered investments, re-directed her career path to healthcare, earned her nursing degree, and subsequently held programmatic and administrative positions with hospices, adult day-care centers, volunteer home-care programs, and home health agencies in southeastern Pennsylvania.

    In some cases, these were established programs; in others, Leigh held leadership positions to develop new programs while assuring clinical standards of quality and service.

    Responsible for compliance with federal, state and local regulations, Leigh brings to her work the clinical background to understand and protect the well-being of hospice patients and the commitment to quality standards that is a hallmark of Treasure Health.

    Leigh attended Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, and earned her nursing degrees at the Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Miami and the Chester County Hospital of Nursing in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roxanne Riley, M.P.A., Vice President of Clinical Operations
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    Vice President of Clinical Operations

    Roxanne Riley has developed extensive knowledge of all aspects of business operations for healthcare organizations during her career. She has been involved with health maintenance organizations, hospice care, home health care, clinical services of all disciplines, medical staff management, pharmacy operations, infusion services and durable medical equipment provisions.

    Fortunately for Treasure Health, it is hospice work that she finds “sacred and noble.” She has presented her knowledge and perspective in professional settings such as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership Conference, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Conference and the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Conference, among others.

    Roxanne holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, a master in public administration/healthcare services from the University of San Francisco, and a master in divinity from Emma Curtis Hopkins College and Theological Seminary in Clearwater, Florida.

    She is a marathon runner, bicycle enthusiast, and paddle boarder in her leisure time.

  • Carol Ruggles, Chief Financial Officer
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    Chief Financial Officer

    After a career in the banking industry, Carol Ruggles found her passion as the director of finance for Hospice of Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown, K.Y., and then as chief financial officer for Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lexington, K.Y.

    During her 19 years at Hospice of the Bluegrass, she was an integral part of the growth and development of the concept of hospice and of the facility she represented.

    Carol and her family, husband Gary and daughter Ava Grace, moved to Stuart in 2014, where Carol has continued her devotion to hospice as the chief financial officer for Treasure Health.

    Carol holds an undergraduate degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky. A golf and water sports enthusiast, Carol has found the perfect location for her talents and interests.

  • 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.

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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.

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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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