February 4, 2021

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

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today, Florida Hospital Association President and CEO Mary Mayhew met with hospital leaders in the Jacksonville area to discuss regional health care priorities and the latest information on COVID-19, including case trends and vaccine distribution. This was the fifth roundtable in a series of meetings Mayhew is hosting across the state.


"This past year, health care professionals in the Jacksonville community have worked tirelessly to keep people healthy and safe against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mayhew. "Today, I was honored to meet with leaders from a few of these incredible hospitals and health care systems to discuss best practices, as well as plans for continued success. Collaboration and coordination among our state's health care providers is critical to controlling this virus and bringing normalcy back into our communities." 


"First and foremost, I am grateful for our healthcare heroes locally and across the state for the incredible work they continue to do, both within and beyond the walls of our sites of care. COVID-19 has been an unprecedented challenge, which has called for an unprecedented response from caregivers and leaders everywhere, and at every turn our teams have responded with exemplary grace, selfless dedication, compassion and expertise," said Tom VanOsdol, president and CEO of Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and current chair of the Florida Hospital Association Board of Trustees. "These conversations are invaluable because we are all stronger together. I'm extraordinarily appreciative of FHA President Mary Mayhew and the Florida Hospital Association for their unparalleled support and for their deep understanding of the important issues and advocacy on behalf of our healthcare institutions and all Floridians."


"Brooks Rehabilitation is honored to collaborate with the FHA and the acute care hospitals in northeast Florida. Even before the pandemic struck, our health care systems were focused on ways to work together to improve the health and well-being of our communities. This collaboration allows us to provide the best care and outcomes for our patients," said Doug Baer, president and CEO, Brooks Rehabilitation. "The FHA, the health care industry and our state are fortunate to have President Mayhew leading our efforts. This has been particularly evident during this time of crisis."

"We are thankful for this critical dialogue and collaboration among our community's hospitals and the Florida Hospital Association," said Jon Cooper, regional president of Ascension St. Vincent's Clay County and Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside. "We must continue to work together to end this pandemic, and we're grateful to the Florida Hospital Association and FHA President Mary Mayhew for the opportunity to safely host this latest conversation."


"We've come so far since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but there is still much more work to do. Coming together like this ensures we are sharing best practices that will ultimately benefit everyone in the communities we collectively serve," said James Machado, regional president of Ascension St. Vincent's Southside and Ascension St. Vincent's St. Johns County, which is currently under construction. "FHA President Mary Mayhew and the Florida Hospital Association continue to do their part to ensure that hospitals and health systems have a forum for discussion and for putting collaboration over competition when it comes to moving through this unprecedented time."


"A special thank you to Mary Mayhew for her exceptional leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic," said Michael A. Mayo, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. "As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, I am especially grateful to have the opportunity to work with her, other leaders in health care and the Florida Hospital Association as we collaborate to strengthen the health of our state. I look forward to continuing to discuss innovative approaches for addressing the virus in our local area and enhancing our vaccine distribution strategy to ensure that each shot brings us one step closer toward ending the crisis."

"I greatly appreciated the opportunity to provide our health system's input into the Florida Hospital Association's roundtable discussion as we continue to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to our community," said Brett McClung, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. "President Mary Mayhew has gone above and beyond to coordinate an exceptional response by all member hospitals to the pandemic, and I am eager to work to incorporate the knowledge gained from FHA's collaborative sessions to shape the evolution of our vaccine rollout."



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.