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School Board Candidate: Scott Hopes, Dist 4 - 5/29

Scott Hopes Bio

Health care executive Scott Hopes is a Gov. Rick Scott appointee to the Manatee County School Board. He replaced Karen Carpenter, who resigned in June of 2017.

He is chairman and chief executive officer of CliniLinc, a health and medical information services and technology firm with offices in Miami, Florida and Dublin, Ireland. Hopes previously was a science teacher in Hillsborough County who served as a department chair at his school.

Hopes has been a healthcare executive and consultant for nearly 30 years, working with major corporations, hospitals, governments, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers and providers in the areas of health policy and planning, finance, management, epidemiology and disease management, correctional health and public health. Hopes began his healthcare administration career in the 1980s at Tampa General Hospital.

Later, as director of health policy for the Agency for Health Care Administration during Gov. Jeb Bush's administration, Hopes was responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of policy, research and legislation for the State of Florida.

He has a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in public health from University of South Florida in Tampa. He serves on many healthcare and non-profit boards, including Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Congregation B'Nai Israel in St. Petersburg, and the USF Board of Trustees.

Hopes voted against asking for the 1 mill tax increase, and has said, “I firmly believe that before a public body seeks additional money from taxpayers in the way of a tax increase that we should both be able to demonstrate and attest that we have done all that we can possibly do” to cut costs.

“I’ve yet to come into a public organization and not been able to find significant savings,” Hopes said.

An Ohio native who attended high school in Panama City, Hopes was recruited by Manatee County School Board member John Colon.

Hopes got his start in health care as an administrator at Tampa General Hospital, according to the USF website. He served two years under former Gov. Jeb Bush as director of the Office of Health Policy for the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees Florida’s hospitals and nursing homes.

Hopes also was CEO of HMD Healthcare Corp. for five years; chairman and president of Destin Community Hospital Inc. in the Florida Panhandle; senior vice president of operations for Vivra Inc. in San Mateo, California for three years and a senior consultant for health care planning and operations for Ernst & Young for a year in Miami.

Hopes ran for a South Florida state Senate seat in 2012, losing to Democrat Dwight Bullard. He has three adult children.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

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