CEO UF Health Shands

Published: April 22nd, 2015

Category: Memos

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, UF
& President, UF Health

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Ed Jimenez as chief executive officer of UF Health Shands, effective immediately, following approval today by the UF Health Shands Board of Directors. Ed has done an outstanding job as interim CEO for UF Health Shands over the past year, after serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president from 2010 to 2014.

He has demonstrated incredible talent and leadership during his five years at UF Health Shands. We are delighted that he will continue to bring his strong vision, operational skills and insights to this key leadership position. Since his arrival, Ed’s work on a daily basis has embodied our institutional commitment to quality patient care as Job 1. He has demonstrated a keen understanding of the interdependent roles of faculty and hospital leadership, and the need for close collaboration to create an academic health center that fully delivers on its missions of patient care, research, education and community service.

UF Health Shands includes the academic health center’s flagship hospital, UF Health Shands Hospital; UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital; UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital; UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital; UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital; and numerous outpatient programs. Patients come to UF Health Shands from all 67 Florida counties and throughout the region, nation and a dozen countries each year. UF Health Shands has a $1.2 billion operating budget and employs more than 8,900 staff.

As CEO, Ed will guide the overall direction for UF Health Shands. He has built strong support from our hospital and academic health center leaders and colleagues. Reporting to me, he will continue close collaboration with Michael L. Good, M.D., UF College of Medicine dean, and his faculty along with the other health science center colleges. He has supported strong linkages across UF Health and he appreciates the connection between clinical care, education and research that contributes to the best possible experience for our patients.

Ed’s accomplishments for UF Health Shands have included oversight for the day-to-day operations of the Gainesville hospital system and demonstrated improvements in all operating areas as well as financial performance and employee engagement. He has led construction projects, electronic medical record implementation and national accreditation surveys. He’s also helped establish several successful regional relationships and partnerships with other health systems.

Before joining UF Health in October 2010, Ed served as system vice president for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, a 900-bed health system in northern New Jersey. He oversaw hospital operations, business development and regional/physician partnerships, and was responsible for the 200-member physician group practice. At St. Joseph’s he was also president of seven for-profit, joint venture LLCs.

He held management positions at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, University Hospital in New Jersey and the Valley Health System in New Jersey. He has an M.B.A. from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Please join me in congratulating Ed and supporting his leadership of UF Health Shands.

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