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 $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)
  • 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

August 01, 2014, in Corporate News