HCA Florida West Marion Hospital announced June 1 the appointment of Peter Hemstead as Chief Executive Officer for HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, effective immediately.

“As we expand access to healthcare in our community, Peter will be instrumental in spearheading that growth,” said Chad Christianson, Chief Executive Officer of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. “I have confidence his commitment to excellence will offer key operational oversight for our healthcare teams and patients.”

Hemstead most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Riverside Community Hospital, a HCA Healthcare facility in Riverside, CA, recognized as a Top Performing Hospital with 478 licensed beds which houses the largest Emergency Room and Level I Trauma Center in Riverside County at 64 beds. Riverside Community Hospital is one of the county’s only STEMI receiving centers, a fully accredited Chest Pain Center and an accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center. Riverside Community Hospital boasts Centers of Excellence that include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, Comprehensive Transplant Program and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Hemstead previously served as the COO at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota where he oversaw all major construction projects, quality, process improvement and oversight of key operational areas. Before being promoted in his role at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Hemstead worked for Brandon Regional Hospital as an Assistant Administrator where he was selected to join the HCA Executive Development Program class of 2019. Before his work in HCA Healthcare’s West Florida Division, Hemstead worked at HCA Healthcare in Nashville as Director, Clinical Excellence where he led key quality initiatives in Cardiac Services, Women’s Services, OR, Sepsis Prediction and Critical Care in several hospitals across the country.

“I look forward to working with the HCA Florida West Marion Hospital team as we serve the changing healthcare needs of our community,” said Peter Hemstead, incoming Chief Executive Officer, HCA Florida West Marion Hospital. “Our healthcare professionals here in Central Florida are dedicated to creating healthier tomorrows. I look forward to what we will accomplish together at HCA Florida West Marion Hospital.”

Prior to HCA Healthcare, Hemstead worked with LifePoint Health, and is also a veteran who served in the United States Coast Guard conducting helicopter search and rescue. Hemstead earned his Bachelor of Science at Excelsior College in Albany, NY and his MBA at Vanderbilt University.

Hemstead’s appointment follows HCA Florida Ocala Hospital’s recent news of joining more than 450 HCA Florida Healthcare affiliated sites of care across the state to unite as HCA Florida Healthcare. HCA Florida Healthcare connects approximately 11,000 physicians and 77,000 colleagues serving their communities at 49 hospital campuses, more than 350 physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms and more than 50 urgent care centers. The new facility name clearly illustrates connection to a unified, collaborative network of caregivers who have shown up to prove their dedication and strength throughout the pandemic.

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