Orlando Health Launches National Search for Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors Opts to Remain Independent


Kena Lewis, APR


Orlando, FL (June 24, 2014) – Orlando Health has announced it will immediately begin a national search for a chief executive officer (CEO). 

“Our goal is to identify a leader who is equipped to navigate today’s dynamic healthcare environment and to build on the strong culture and clinical excellence of Orlando Health,” said Dianna Morgan, Orlando Health’s chairman of the board of directors.

Jamal Hakim, MD, who began serving as interim CEO in September, 2013, will remain in that role until a successor is identified

“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Hakim’s leadership over this period and are pleased that he has agreed to continue to lead the organization through the search process,” added Mrs. Morgan.  “He is an inspirational leader who is particularly skilled in leading a complex organization through transition; he is just the right leader for these times.”

Orlando Health’s board of directors conducted a strategic examination and visioning process that included the review of possible affiliation options.  After careful consideration, the board determined that the ideal option for Orlando Health and the community was to remain independent and to nurture the clinical affiliations already in place, such as the ones with UF Health. Clinical collaborations between Orlando Health and UF Health exist in cardiology, oncology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, urology and behavioral health.

The board also recognized the organization’s improving financial condition during the strategic process.  Through the first six months of the current fiscal year, Orlando Health experienced net operating income of $57.5 million compared to a $2.4 million loss over the same period of fiscal year 2013.

“We are extremely pleased with the significant improvement in our finances,” added Mrs. Morgan.  “Sound financial results will help us meet the needs and expectations of our physicians and team members, invest in our facilities, and enable continued enhancements to the quality of care we provide to patients.”

Orlando Health’s pediatric and adult services have recently received national recognition for their quality of care.  Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings listed Arnold Palmer Medical Center as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country.  The medical center ranked among the best in the nation in eight pediatric specialties; #17 in orthopedics, #22 in neonatology, #26 in pulmonology, #27 in urology, #36 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, #41 in cardiology and   heart surgery, #41 in diabetes and endocrinology, and #47 in neurology and neurosurgery.

Orlando Health’s four adult hospitals recently received their fourth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchases of health benefits.  The “A” score was awarded based on a number of factors including the hospitals’ rates for preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $1.9 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals and care centers throughout Central Florida.

The organization, which includes Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in Central Florida, and the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Regional Medical Center; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central Hospital, the Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which consists of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation).  Areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and women’s health.

Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees and nearly 3,000 physicians supporting our philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs.  We prove this everyday with more than 100,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 900,000 outpatient visits each year.  In all, Orlando Health serves 1.8 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.

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July 01, 2014, in Corporate News