September 4, 2020

Florida Hospital Association Names Mary Mayhew New Chief Executive Officer

Tallahassee, FL - Florida Hospital Association (FHA), the voice of the state's hospital community, has announced the selection of Mary C. Mayhew as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. She will officially begin her tenure in October.

As President and CEO, Mayhew will be responsible for the strategic direction and overall operation of FHA, supporting its 200-plus members in achieving their missions and objectives. She will advocate proactively at the state and federal levels on issues that will assist members in providing exceptional patient care and community service. Mayhew succeeds Bruce Rueben, who stepped down at the end of 2019 after leading the Association for 11 years. Executive Vice President Crystal Stickle has served as Interim President since the start of 2020. 

Mayhew was identified as the top candidate for the post by a seven-member search committee comprised of key board leadership members. Her hire followed an extensive industry-wide recruitment supported by Oak Brook, Illinois-based global executive search firm WittKieffer.

Mayhew currently serves as Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), a $29.4 billion health care enterprise representing close to 31 percent of Florida's total state budget. Tapped by Governor Ron DeSantis and confirmed by the Florida Senate in May 2019, her responsibilities have included health policy and planning for the State of Florida and administration of the state's Medicaid program. In previous roles, Mayhew served more than six years as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, spent 11 years as a Vice President with the Maine Hospital Association and, prior to her appointment as Secretary of the Florida AHCA, served briefly as the Deputy Administrator and Director of Medicaid at the Center for Medicaid and Children's Services.

"We are ecstatic to have Mary Mayhew as our next President and CEO," stated FHA Board Chair Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System, based in Hollywood, FL. "Mary has a proven record of driving change and advocating for excellence in health care. For the State of Florida, she has worked tirelessly to empower patients and communities, increase access to care, lower costs and increase health care transparency and accountability. As CEO of FHA, she will bring a renewed vigor to the organization as it continues to innovate and grow with its members."

"This opportunity is the culmination of many rich and diverse leadership experiences I have had in the health care industry," noted Mayhew. "The State of Florida is perhaps the most dynamic and evolving health care environment in the nation. I look forward to collaborating with all our members, from rural and safety net hospitals to some of the nation's leading educational and research institutions. We are in the midst of the most challenging and uncertain health care environment of our lifetimes, and I welcome the opportunity to convene and engage with our members as they embrace change and fulfill their missions in new and creative ways."

Mayhew grew up in Pittsfield, Maine, and holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

For more information, please contact FHA Senior Vice President Monica Corbett at

About Florida Hospital Association

Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) is the voice of Florida's hospital community. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Headquartered in Orlando, FHA has a regional office in Tallahassee and representation in Washington, D.C. The organization is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. Visit for more.