Advisory Board Chair
Elaine Bloom is interim President and CEO of the Plaza Health Network a/k/a Hebrew Homes for the Aged, the largest not-for-profit nursing home group in South Florida with seven facilities handling almost 1,000 resident patients.
Bloom is a former State Representative and has provided leadership to South Florida for over 40 years. An effective and articulate public official and devoted community leader, she has served in elected public office, on local government boards and commissions and in numerous community organizations.
Appointed to the Dade County Commission on the Status of Women when it was created in 1971, Bloom was elected as its Founding Chairperson. In 1973, she became the Acting Director of Florida International University’s Institute for Women. Bloom ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 1974, where she initially served two terms as a highly acclaimed member. From 1979 to 1981, she was a radio talk show host and then a government relation’s consultant for the Jewish Federation and United Way until 1985. Returning to the House in 1986 and serving until 2000, Bloom was elected by her peers as the Speaker Pro Tempore 1992.
During her tenure, Bloom chaired eight different committees and subcommittees: Healthcare, Social and Economic Services, Tourism and Economic Development and Joint Legislative Auditing. She was the prime sponsor of more than 100 major new laws, including the Community Care for the Elderly Act, the Florida International Banking Act, the Teacher Competency Act, the Public Transportation Act, The Florida Emergency Management Act, the Law Enforcement Protection Act, and major amendments to Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act. Recognized as a specialist on tough state budgetary issues, Bloom was primarily responsible for funding many projects affecting the well-being of Miami-Dade County, including our educational institutions, causeways, cultural institutions, healthcare services and port.
Bloom was President of the Greater Miami Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, Vice President of the Florida Philharmonic and on the boards of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida International University Foundation. She has been honored for her service by many organizations throughout the state of Florida.
Born in New York City, Bloom graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and from Barnard College. She is married to retired Judge Philip Bloom, mother of Anne Bloom Israel and David Bloom and grandmother of 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. The Blooms have lived in Miami-Dade since 1962.