South Seminole Hospital names new president

Karen Frenier was recently appointed president of South Seminole Hospital.


Sabrina Childress

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 10, 2013) --- Karen Frenier, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, was recently appointed president of South Seminole Hospital, a part of Orlando Health.

Most recently Frenier served the organization as vice president of operations at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC). She began her 32-year career with the organization as a staff nurse, and advanced to various leadership roles including nurse manager for the Neurology, Orthopedics and Progressive Care units; patient care administrator and later executive director at Lucerne Hospital; and chief operating officer for ORMC.

Frenier has represented Orlando Health in various community relations roles including chairperson for the American Lung Association Asthma Walk, and chair for the American Heart Association’s Greater Orlando Heart Walk campaign. A board certified nurse executive, Frenier received a bachelor of science in nursing from Florida Southern University. She received a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $1.9 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of hospitals and care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization, which includes 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; Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central Hospital, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation) and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando – the first affiliate of one of the nation’s premier cancer centers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Orlando Health’s areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with nearly 16,000 employees and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians supporting our philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. We prove this everyday with over 110,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 690,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $239 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at

January 10, 2013, in Health