Serving as CEO and Dean
Haley said when he was recruited to be dean, UF Health leaders hinted at the idea of him also possibly stepping into the CEO role one day, though there was no guarantee. The key was to get acclimated and see how he handled the first several months as dean.
“I’m not a power-hungry person. However, it’s nice to know the health system has a single leader to help drive a lot of the initiatives,” Haley said. “The potential for this situation excited me, and I think that’s one of the reasons I looked at the opportunity when I was at Emory.”
In balancing the CEO and dean roles, Haley said it will be essential to rely on the talents and expertise of the leaders and other personnel around him.
“I’m a big believer in delegating and giving people opportunities to lead and thrive,” Haley said. “I touch base with them a lot, but I try not to micromanage. My job will be to make sure we can collaborate and pull everything together to ensure we’re pushing our health system in the right direction.”
David S. Guzick, MD, PhD, senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health, lauded Haley after the hospital’s board of directors named him CEO in September.
“It’s clear to anyone who has had the good fortune of working with Dr. Haley, both in his role as a physician and as an administrator, that he is a man of incredible talent,” Guzick said. “He has brought such positive energy and expertise to the college that we felt it made perfect sense to have him lead this great organization, a model that follows how many other academic health centers are structured.”
While in Atlanta, Haley served as vice chair and professor of emergency medicine and executive associate dean at Emory, and was chief medical officer of the Emory Medical Care Foundation. He also served as deputy senior vice president of medical affairs and chief of emergency medicine for Grady.
Prior to his positions at Grady and Emory, Haley was a senior staff physician at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.