published: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Cook leaving post at hospital
By BARRY FOSTER
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING -- There will be some new faces and some familiar ones as Florida Hospital gets new administrators at two of their campuses.
First, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has resigned to take a similar job at Florida Hospital Deland.
Although the hospital is only slightly larger than the facility at Sun 'N Lake, Cook said he is intrigued by the fact that Adventist Health Systems is attempting to create a network there.
"Actually, there are four Florida Hospitals in the Volusia/ Flagler market. Up to this point they have been operating fairly independently," he said. "What they want is a more integrated approach like we have here between the Sebring, Lake Placid and Wauchula campuses."
Cook's last official day on the job here will be Sept. 13. He said a process already is under way to find his successor.
"We probably will have an announcement by the end of August," he said.
Cook came to Highlands County six years ago after being the CEO at Adventist LaGrange Memorial just outside of Chicago.
"That also was a network of four hospitals in the area, which is interesting," he said.
Florida Hospital Wauchula also will be getting a new administrator. State Senator Denise Grimsley will take the top spot there, replacing current head Linda Adler.
Adler will be stepping down Oct. 1.
A local resident and graduate of Hardee Senior High School, Adler said she would work with Grimsley during a two-week transition period just prior to her departure. Adler said the pair had worked together in the past.
"It's great. We're both from Hardee County so it will good to have someone from the community to take over when I leave," she said.
Grimsley, who was born in Polk County and raised in Hardee County, works as a registered nurse and has been employed at several hospitals, including Bartow Memorial and at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring where she was the Director of Physician Outreach and Marketing Development.
In addition to her nursing career, the state legislator also has been an independent consultant for Avatar International, a company that focuses on patient and employee satisfaction in the health care setting.
Grimsley also served as the former CEO of Grimsley Oil Company and has been chair of the Convenience Store Association Board and Florida Petroleum Marketers Board.
It will be a sort of homecoming of sorts for Grimsley, who worked with Adler at the facility under its former ownership when it was known as Hardee Memorial Hospital.
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