February 10, 2021

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: FHA President & CEO Mary Mayhew Meets with Hospital Leaders in Central and South Florida to Discuss COVID-19

Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida Hospital Association (FHA) President and CEO Mary Mayhew held three virtual roundtable meetings with hospital leaders in the Orlando, Palm Beach and Miami areas to discuss regional health care priorities and the latest information on COVID-19, including case trends and vaccine distribution.


"The collaborative, integrative and strategic approach that Florida's health care providers took to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic played a vital role in the state's ability to combat the virus," said Mayhew. "Every single hospital and health care system in Florida has shown an unparalleled level of dedication and tenacity during all of the trials and tribulations of 2020. It was my honor to be able to meet with these leaders to not only discuss best practices on how to handle an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, but to also begin planning for the future."


"The member hospitals of the Florida Hospital Association are very fortunate to have Mary Mayhew's experience and vision leading them, especially as we face the pandemic and the other challenges it has created," said Robert L. Lord, Jr., President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health. "Initiating the CEO roundtable discussions ensures that our membership has an opportunity to be heard, as well as an opportunity to hear from President Mayhew, so that our collective needs and concerns are taken into account as the Florida Hospital Association leadership determines what should be its areas of focus. I very much appreciate her efforts to improve communication and establish a common ground all member hospitals can support."


"Collaboration is key to staying informed and affecting change. It also paves the way for innovation," said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. "Working together with the Florida Hospital Association in a forum where health care leaders can share ideas and provide input is vital for meaningful impact on our industry and the communities we serve."


"By enabling health care leaders to communicate and collaborate, the Florida Hospital Association, under the leadership of Mary Mayhew, has enabled health systems to activate innovative health care delivery models more efficiently and effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Gino Santorio, President and CEO of Broward Health. "The patients ultimately benefit with greater access to care and higher quality service."


"Discussing our current challenges and opportunities, sharing best practices and collaborating with the Florida Hospital Association and other hospitals from across the state helps to align our efforts to fight COVID-19 in our communities," said Bo Boulenger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida. "By working together and addressing our shared priorities, we're able to gain valuable insights and actionable strategies to continue to care for those who need us most.  Many thanks to the Florida Hospital Association and Mary Mayhew for facilitating this group and forging strong relationships among our state's health care systems."


"The pandemic has demonstrated how valuable it is to have regular contact with our peer hospitals across the state, allowing us to share developments and best practices as we continue to navigate the challenges before us," said Steven D. Sonenreich, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. "Providing the highest quality of care for our communities remains the priority for all of us, and we appreciate that the Florida Hospital Association made this opportunity possible."


"The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the need for comprehensive behavioral health infrastructure in our communities," said Babette Hankey, President and CEO of Aspire Health Partners, Inc. in Orlando. "We look forward to working with Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew and other association members to advocate for a system of care that fully integrates behavioral and primary health care into one system that is accessible to everyone in need. I applaud President Mayhew for taking the time to listen to regional leaders."




About the Florida Hospital Association

Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of over 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. For more information, visit www.fha.org.