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Adams Named President/CEO for Florida Hospital Tampa

Tampa, Florida – Brian Adams, current President/CEO for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, has accepted the position of President/CEO for Florida Hospital Tampa effective February 1, 2014.  Adams will be replacing John Harding, who is retiring after 26 years of serving in with Adventist Health System.

Brian Adams“Brian has demonstrated that business success and mission fulfillment can be accomplished effectively together,” said Don Jernigan, President/CEO of Adventist Health System.  “I have been so impressed with the path he has laid out at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and look forward to seeing that same vision applied to Florida Hospital Tampa.”

In January of 2011, Adams was named President/CEO and the first official employee of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.  He led a team that constructed the 83-bed, $160 million hospital from the ground up on-budget and on-schedule opening in October of 2012. Prior to joining Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Adams served for five years in various leadership roles at 383-bed Florida Hospital Altamonte including Assistant Vice President/COO. 

Adams holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida and a BBA from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He has served with Adventist Health System since 2000. Adams and his wife, Gwendy, have two young sons who keep them busy and energized. 

“Florida Hospital Tampa is the largest hospital in this region and it is vital that we have a leader who not only has innovation but proven success with implementing strategy,” said Michael Schultz, President/CEO of Adventist Health System’s West Florida Region.  “Brian is a natural fit because he understands the health care needs of this market and can translate those needs into solutions that benefit the community.”

An active search has begun to replace Adams at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.  Until that individual is named, Adams will continue to provide executive leadership.

“I am extremely honored to have opened Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel with each and every one of the 650 employees and 300 medical staff members,” said Adams.  “While I will miss my day to day interaction with that team, I am excited about leading a major tertiary care center whose services will influence and impact the entire Tampa Bay community.”