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HCA East Florida Healthcare Appoints New Hospital CEO

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   February 17, 2021

Kenneth Jones, MHA, MBA will serve as CEO of Northwest Medical Center, effective March 15.

HCA East Florida announced a new CEO for Northwest Medical Center late last week.

Kenneth Jones, MHA, MBA will serve as CEO of Northwest Medical Center, a 289-bed medical center and healthcare complex which serves communities in northern Broward County and southern Palm Beach County in Florida.

Jones succeeds Erica Gulrich, who served as COO of Northwest Medical Center from 2013 to 2015, then served as CEO of the Margate, Florida-based medical center from 2015 to December 2020.

Jones has over 20 years' experience in hospital administration and clinical operations. In his most recent role, Jones served as president of AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, a full-service facility with 215 beds.

Prior to that, Jones served as CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Florida, and CEO of The Orthopedic Hospital, also located in Fort Wayne, which is part of Lutheran Health Network. He also served as CEO of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville.

"Kenneth brings strong operational experience to Northwest Medical Center," Charles Gressle, president of HCA East Florida Division, said in the press release. “His experience with key services, such as women’s services and cardiovascular surgery, ensure we continue to grow programs that meet the needs of the communities we serve in Broward and Palm Beach counties. We welcome him to the HCA East Florida family.”

HCA East Florida serves eastern Florida through 15 hospitals, numerous care facilities, and a supply chain center.

Northwest Medical Center and HCA East Florida are affiliates of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a for-profit health system with 180 hospitals and over 200 care sites that span 21 states and the United Kingdom.

According to the company's latest earnings report, HCA Healthcare recorded a net income of $1.4 billion in Q4, up nearly $400 million year-over-year.

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Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.


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