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2013-01-02 – Tampa General Hospital Names Jim Burkhart CEO

DATE: 2013-01-02

Tampa General Hospital president and chief executive officer Ron Hytoff announced this morning the appointment of Jim Burkhart as the hospital’s next leader.

“Jim was selected and he has accepted the position effective March 4,” Hytoff wrote in an email to hospital employees. “I have known Jim for almost 10 years and am very confident he will lead TGH in an exemplary fashion.”

Burkhart, 58, is president and CEO of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center–Jacksonville.

According to the TGH announcement, Burkhart has worked there for more than a decade, serving as president and CEO since 2010. He joined Shands Jacksonville as president and administrator in 2003.

“Mr. Burkhart has the skill set and experience we wanted,” TGH governing board chairman David A. Straz Jr. wrote in a news release. “He has managed a safety net hospital that has faced financial challenges due to state cuts to reimbursements. I think the transition will be very smooth and he will build upon the success Tampa General already has achieved.”

Hytoff, 67, announced his retirement in June. He has remained the hospital’s leader throughout the search for his replacement.

Hytoff has served as Tampa General’s CEO since February 2000. During his tenure, he has helped the hospital to become more financially stable, overseeing considerable renovation and expansion at its main campus on Davis Islands.

At Shands Jacksonville, Burkhart has worked with programs similar to those that make Tampa General unique in the Tampa Bay region. Both hospitals operate Level 1 trauma centers, seeing the most critically injured patients. Each is considered a safety-net institution for the large numbers of poor and uninsured patients it treats.

And both hospitals train about 300 medical residents in affiliation with medical schools. Tampa General is the main teaching partner of the University of South Florida.

But Tampa General is larger than Shands Jacksonville. It has more than 1,000 beds — compared to the Jacksonville hospital’s nearly 700. Tampa General’s staff of more than 6,400 employees is almost double that of Shands Jacksonville.

In the announcement, Burkhart praised Tampa General’s management team, saying he looked forward to working with the community and university physicians to chart a strategy for its future. Tampa General is one of the region’s last independent hospitals.

Before joining Shands Jacksonville, Burkhart led the Endeavor Health Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based consulting firm specializing in improving performance at health care institutions. He consulted for Shands Jacksonville beginning in 2001.

He also worked for 12 years as president of Fort Sanders Park West and Regional Medical Centers in Knoxville, operating two medical centers of 900 beds and 3,000 employees.

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