VERO BEACH, Fla. (December 14, 2017) — The Board of Directors of Indian River Medical Center Foundation has appointed Liz Bruner to succeed Jan Donlan as Foundation President and IRMC Senior Vice President, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Donlan recently announced her retirement, effective February 1, 2018, following more than 17 years leading the Foundation. The organization’s growth and success has been extraordinary with more than $103 million dollars transferred to enhance the medical center during her tenure.
Tony Woodruff, Foundation Chairman, stated, “As IRMC goes through the transitional period in choosing a partner, we are fortunate to have a strong leader already in place with Liz. It takes special talents, conviction, a big heart, caring attitude, communications skills, clear vision and a passion to make things happen. Liz has already demonstrated these qualities and we look forward to working with her and her team.”
Jan Donlan offered, “It is with great confidence that I pass the torch on to Liz. Having known her for more than 20 years and worked side by side with her twice, I’ve learned firsthand about her many talents and leadership skills. Couple those skills with her extraordinary commitment to IRMC, the Foundation and to our donors, she is well positioned for great success in her new role.”
Ms. Bruner joined the Foundation in 2012 as Director of Leadership Gifts and has served as Vice President for the past year. Her leadership during the organization’s Campaign for Excellence in Cancer Care helped surpass the $48-million goal to create IRMC’s Scully-Welsh Cancer Center. Ms. Bruner then championed the expansion of endoscopy care to build the Scully Endoscopy Center. Nearly $6 million was raised in just eight weeks thanks to the Scullys’ generous matching challenge.
“I am truly honored to be entrusted with the Foundation legacy,” Ms. Bruner said. “Jan, our board members and visionary donor community have transformed IRMC from a small hospital to a medical center with a breadth and depth of services rarely found in a community of this size. I am excited to carry that torch in the years to come.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Bruner was Vice President of Development and Communication for Children’s Home Society of Florida where she spent 11 years and led a statewide team. Her career in philanthropy spans more than 25 years, including Director of Development for the Orlando Science Center and Director of Corporate Sponsorship for Florida Hospital Foundation. Ms. Bruner also served as Agency Relations Manager for the volunteer division of Heart of Florida United Way and spent five years as a special publications writer for the Florida Times Union/Jacksonville Journal.
A graduate of Florida State University, Ms. Bruner is an Orlando native. She has long held close ties to Indian River County, traveling here as a child with her father who was in the citrus label business, then visiting her in-laws in Vero Beach. Ms. Bruner and her husband Chris Deigl live in South Beach.
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