Broward executive resigns amid accusations she improperly steered $1.7M to marketing firm

Doris Peek resigned July 20 as senior vice president of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health after a law firm hired by the health system released a report accusing her of improperly steering nearly $1.7 million to a marketing firm, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The report, prepared by the law firm of Baker Donelson, says Ms. Peek made "obsessive efforts" to direct excessive payments to marketing firm Outside Eyes, later known as BHP Jumpstart. The company's contract with Broward included a fixed-fee of $246,000, but Ms. Peek and the marketing firm's owner, Ben Porritt, allegedly had a side agreement that resulted in approximately $1.7 million in unauthorized payments, according to the report.

In response to the allegations contained in the law firm's report, Mr. Porritt said the marketing agency performed work outside the scope of the contract at the request of Broward Health.

Under Ms. Peek's severance agreement, she will receive $214,008. The agreement includes non-disparagement clauses, which state Ms. Peek will "not engage in any activity either oral or written which disparage or adversely affect Broward Health," according to the report.

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