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He cared: Saver, icon of Indian River County health care, volunteerism, leaves huge legacy

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The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in his name be sent to the We Care Foundation, Box 573, Vero Beach, FL 32961

August 5, 2021

In Memoriam – Our friend and beloved colleague Dennis Saver M.D. passed away on

July 21, 2021. A “Celebration of His Life” will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at 10 am at the Emerson Center in Vero Beach. Due to the resurgence of COVID, this may be a small in-person gathering that is live-streamed. Details will be forthcoming.

  • The We Care Board voted to re-name the clinic “The Dr. Dennis Saver We Care Clinic”.
  • The IRCMS Executive Board voted unanimously to donate $1,000 to We Care in Dr. Saver’s honor.
  • A beautiful tribute to Dr. Saver as well as directions to make donations in his honor can be found at our website

Our Membership Dinner Meeting scheduled for September 1st at Bent Pine CC has been cancelled due to the COVID resurgence. We may hold a Zoom or live-stream event. Details to follow.

Dr. Laurie Welton has been selected as the “IRCMS Featured Doctor of the Quarter”.

Her bio is also on our website

Stay safe as you continue to do good work.


Charles (Robi) Robinson, Ed.D.

IRCMS Executive Director


November 20, 2020


Contact:  Robi Robinson 772-460-0925

Leadership Changes at the We Care Foundation and
Indian River County Medical Society

Dr. Dennis Saver, president of the We Care Foundation (WCF), and Dr. Arley Peter, president of the Indian River County Medical Society (IRCMS), regret to announce the retirement of Shelley Stuven after serving as executive director of the IRCMS for eleven years.  She was instrumental in attaining non-profit status for the IRCMS Foundation (dba We Care Foundation of Indian River) and served a dual role as executive director of the We Care Foundation for six years.

Charles (Robi) Robinson, Ed.D. will become the new executive director for both non-profit organizations.  Ms. Stuven has graciously agreed to help with the leadership transition.
Robinson has a doctorate in education and retired from international teaching and consulting in 2019.  He and his wife Sandy have lived on the Treasure Coast for nearly twenty years coming from the Boston area.

Dr. Robinson assumes leadership during challenging times.  We Care’s major fundraiser the Mardi Gras Gala had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.  However, he is confident that the wonderful volunteers who made up the Mardi Gras Krewe will work with him and the board to find creative ways to support We Care.  

Dr. Robinson has asked Christine Scott to be the director of development.  Scott has a degree in marketing and is a local business owner with much experience in development.

Charles (Robi) Robinson
1230 South Lakes Way SW
Vero Beach, Florida 32968 USA
(772) 460-0925


Charles (call me Robi) Robinson’s first teaching position was in St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 
From 1967-1980 he taught grades 5-12 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Okinawa, Japan, Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Commerce, Texas.
From 1980 – 2003 he lived in Massachusetts where he was a professor of education at Bridgewater State University and educational
consultant to many school systems both in the United States and internationally.  

He and his wife Sandy now live in Vero Beach, Florida where they are active supporters of several non-profit agencies.


• BA –     King’s College (PA), Major in History, Minors in Education, Philosophy & Theology.
• MS –     University of Bridgeport (CT).  Reading.
• Ed.D. - Texas A & M, Commerce, Texas.  Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction.

Professional Experience
• 1967-1969 – United States Peace Corps Volunteer, St. Lucia, West Indies
• 1969-1972 – Grade 6 Teacher, Bridgeport, CT
• 1972-1978 – United States Department of Defense Teacher, Grades 5-8, Naha, Okinawa and Aschaffenburg, Germany.
• 1978-1980 – Doctoral Teaching Assistant, - Texas A & M University, Commerce, Texas.  
• 1980-2003 – Professor of Education, Bridgewater (MA) State University
• 1987-2019 – Adjunct Graduate Faculty, International Education, Framingham (MA) State University.

Service Experience
• Homeless Family Center - Director and Board Vice-President - 2010-2016
• Restoration House – Board Member & Board Chair – 2010-2015.
• Community Church of Vero Beach (FL), Missions’ Board Secretary and Member, 2009-2015.  Co-Chair, Hunger Committee, “Barnabas Project” 2009-2011.
  Board of Deacons, Secretary - 2015- 2018, Youth Board Chair – 2019-Present.
• Vero-Treasure Coast Kiwanis Club, Past President (2 terms) & Board Member 2008-Present.
• Indian River County Food Pantry, Volunteer & Board Member, 2009-Present.
• Crossover Mission Board Secretary and past Treasurer– 2015-2020
• We Care Foundation – Board member – 2019-2020

Grant Writing/Fund Raising Experience
• Wrote, received and administered over one million dollars of grants between 1990-2003 from the National Science Foundation,
   the U.S. Department of Defense and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
• Wrote and received mini-grant from the Community Church of Vero Beach for the “Growing Healthy Kids” initiative. 2010.
• Ran golf tournaments for Vero Beach Kiwanis to raise funds for Kiwanis scholarships and in support of Hibiscus Center, Childcare Resources,
   The Homeless Family Center and “The Buggy Bunch, 2009-2014.
• Ran golf tournament to support the youth program at Community Church of Vero Beach – 2019.
• Led all fund raising for Restoration House, 2010-2015.

Administrative Experience
• Faculty President, Bridgewater State University (BSU) 1995-2001 – With a part-time secretary did all the services necessary to
   administer the contracts for @800 full and part-time faculty members.
• The Center for the Advancement of Research & Teaching at BSU – Co-Director 2000-2003.  Administered the college’s faculty development program.
• Founded and administered the Curriculum Leadership Center at BSC – 1998-2003 (no secretary).
• The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middle Level Educators – Founder and executive director of the state organization for middle level educators. 1998-2003. (no secretary).

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Highlights of Key Provisions

Acute Pain:
The normal, predicted, physiological, and time-limited response to an adverse chemical, thermal, or mechanical stimulus associated with surgery, trauma, or acute illness.

Does not include pain related to (1) Cancer; (2) a Terminal Condition; (3) Palliative Care; or (4) a Traumatic Injury with an Injury Severity Score of 9 or greater.

Prescribing Limits:
When prescribing a Schedule II opioid for the treatment of acute pain, you may not exceed a 3-day supply. UNLESS, in your professional judgment, more than a 3-day supply is medically necessary to treat the patient’s acute pain, AND you indicate “ACUTE PAIN EXCEPTION “ on the prescription, AND you document in the patient’s medical records the acute medical condition and lack of alternative treatment options that justify deviation from the 3 day supply, then you can prescribe up to a 7-day supply.

If you write a prescription for any Schedule II controlled substance (not just an opioid) for chronic pain, or for pain that is excluded from the definition of acute pain (see above), then you must indicate “NONACUTE PAIN” on the prescription.

Emergency Opioid Antagonist:
If you prescribe a Schedule II controlled substance for the treatment of pain related to a traumatic injury with an Injury Severity Score of 9 or greater, you must concurrently prescribe an emergency opioid antagonist.

Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program:
Prior to prescribing or dispensing any controlled substance (except for a non-opioid Schedule V) to a patient 16 or older, you must first review the patient’s controlled substance dispensing history in the E-FORCSE database. If the database is nonoperational or cannot be accessed because of a temporary technological or electrical failure, you do not have to check the database but you must document the reason why and you cannot prescribe more than a 3-day supply of the controlled substance.

Continuing Medical Education:
If you have a Florida license to practice medicine, and you are registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe controlled substances, you must complete the mandatory 2-hour controlled substance prescribing course prior to January 31, 2019.

For more information on obtaining CME’s through the FMA go to:
http:/ (CME cost: FMA members, free; non-members $75)

(This is a summary of the provisions of HB 21, provided for convenience purposes only. For complete information please consult the text of the legislation at or access the state-mandated course at

The Opioid Practice Risk guide published by The Doctors Company is available upon request – contact Shelley Stuven at the IRCMS office at ircdocs@bellsouth,net or 772-562-0123.

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