Joseph Khayat Named Chief Operating Officer for Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital

Khayat previously served as the administrator of allied health and support services at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

Orlando, FL (November 14, 2022) – Joseph Khayat, MBA, ACHE has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. In this role, Khayat will be responsible for the operations of the hospital. He’ll also provide oversight for the development of high quality and cost-effective programs and services to meet the needs of patients, physicians and team members.

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For the past three years, Khayat has worked at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital as the administrator of allied health and support services. While there, he served as interim chief operating officer for six months. Prior to joining Orlando Health in 2019, Khayat was vice president of cardiovascular services for another hospital system. 

“We’re thrilled to have Joe join our team and continue to build on the excellent health care services we provide at Orlando Health – Health Central,” said Philip Koovakada, senior vice president Orlando Health South Central region and president, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. “Joe’s track record at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips shows that he’s the right person to lead our operations and growth in West Orange County.”  

As a registered respiratory therapist, Khayat spent 15 years as a respiratory therapy supervisor and director of cardiovascular services and emergency preparedness. He earned his bachelor’s in cardiopulmonary sciences from the University of Central Florida and an MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. He’s a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and serves as a member of the I-Drive Chamber Board and associate director of the Florida Society for Respiratory Care.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States. 

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,238-bed system includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians. 

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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