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Broward Health News

Monday Aug. 29, 2022
Broward Health Well Positioned for Future Growth with Key Updates to Executive Leadership

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Broward Health continues to strengthen its executive leadership team to position itself for innovation, growth and achievement for the benefit of its patients. The healthcare system proudly announces the following new hires and promotions.

Alan Whaley, Ph.D., joined Broward Health as the health system’s chief operating officer in July 2022. He previously served as chief operating officer/chief strategy officer for the University of South Alabama Health System, where he led that organization through a period of growth and financial improvement. Whaley earned his doctorate in business administration from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama; his Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration, Finance, and Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio; and his Bachelor of Science with a double major in business administration and information systems from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.  

Joshua Lenchus, D.O., was promoted to the position of chief medical officer of Broward Health after serving as the system’s interim chief medical officer for one year. He joined Broward Health as chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center in September 2018. Dr. Lenchus was also recently installed as the president of the Florida Medical Association. Prior to his time at Broward Health, he served as chief of staff and an internal medicine/hospitalist at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lenchus earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

Matthew Garner joined Broward Health as interim CEO of Broward Health North on Aug. 29. Garner was most recently the president and CEO of North Shore Medical Center in Miami. Prior to joining North Shore Medical Center, Garner served as the chief operating officer at Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes. Garner earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and his Master of Health Administration from the University of Florida. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jennifer Connelly-Rosati was welcomed as chief financial officer of Broward Health Medical Center on Aug. 29. Connelly-Rosati previously served as vice president of corporate finance for Memorial Healthcare System for more than five years. Connelly-Rosati earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from the University of Miami, and her Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a certified public accountant.

James Roach, D.O., will join Broward Health as its chief of emergency medicine for the system and chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center in early October. Roach serves as medical director for Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Sunrise Fire Rescue. Previously, Roach was the regional chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Emergency Medicine Institute. Dr. Roach serves as the medical director for the Broward Sheriff's Office, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, and Sunrise Fire Rescue, and previously was regional chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida's Emergency Medicine Institute. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.   

Jennifer Smith was promoted to vice president of corporate communications and marketing, after having previously served as associate vice president of the health system’s communications and marketing division. Prior to joining Broward Health, Jennifer served as manager of national operational communications at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas, Texas, and director of media relations at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. She earned her Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to attract and retain some of the brightest minds in the healthcare industry as we strive to deliver world-class care for our community, and to provide our physicians and employees with the leadership and environment they need to thrive,” said Shane Strum, Broward Health’s President & CEO. “As Broward Health approaches its 85th anniversary, we are poised for success with a strong and focused leadership team in place.”



Broward Health, providing service for more than 85 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. The Broward Health system includes the statutory teaching hospital Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Broward Health Weston, Broward HealthPoint, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health Urgent Care, Broward Health International, and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit