Orlando Health's CEO Search Process is Underway

Sandy will provide the thoughtful, deliberate leadership that is so necessary for an undertaking of this significance.


Kena Lewis, APR
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Orlando, Fla. — Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, PhD, vice chairman of Orlando Health’s Board of Directors, has been appointed chairman of the search committee that is charged with leading the efforts to find the organization’s next chief executive officer. 

“The Board is firmly committed to taking a measured approach to finding and selecting the best candidate to fill this critically important role for the organization and our community,” said Dianna Morgan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Orlando Health. “Sandy will provide the thoughtful, deliberate leadership that is so necessary for an undertaking of this significance.” 

Dr. Shugart will lead a seven-member committee of fellow board members, through an eight-step process designed to select the best candidate for the position. The committee’s first decision was to select Witt/Kieffer, as Orlando Health’s search partner.

“Witt/Kieffer is a highly respected and well-known executive search firm,” said Dr. Shugart. “With its experience in healthcare recruiting, the committee feels that Witt/Kieffer has a solid understanding of the ever-changing healthcare industry and the leadership needs of the Orlando Health organization going forward.” 

Orlando Health’s executive search is expected to take approximately five to six months to complete. The timeline will be modified as needed to accommodate board and search committee preferences.

Sandy Shugart

Sanford "Sandy" Shugart, PhD, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Orlando Health

Dianna Morgan

Dianna Morgan, Chairman, Board of Directors, Orlando Health

About Orlando Health 

Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization with more than 2,400 beds serving Central Florida and beyond. Consisting of eight wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and rehabilitation centers, Orlando Health has the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC); Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center; Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital; Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital; Orlando Health South Lake Hospital; affiliate, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center.

The organization includes Orlando Health Medical Group and Orlando Health Physician Associates, two of the region’s largest multi-specialty practices; a renowned cancer center – Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center (with free-standing sites in downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips community in southwest Orlando, Lake Mary, Ocoee and Clermont); four outpatient surgery centers; 10 wholly-owned, affiliated or partnership urgent care centers; and a majority interest in an entity operating five outpatient imaging centers.

More than 2,900 physicians have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees who support our philosophy of providing high-quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. Orlando Health proves this everyday with more than 112,000 inpatient admissions, more than 2.4 million outpatient visits and more than 10,000 international patients each year. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $450 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more.