When I retired from my role as CEO of UF Health Jacksonville at the end of 2017, I didn’t imagine I would be back again three and a half years later. Although the circumstance of my return is not a happy one, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here, supporting this wonderful organization in the aftermath of losing our beloved Leon L. Haley Jr., MD.
I am here to support and guide UF Health Jacksonville during this time of change, alongside Linda Edwards, MD, who serves as the dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. You will read more about Dr. Edwards in this issue, including more about her background and vision for the college.
I want to share a little more about who I am for those of you who haven’t worked with me yet. My history with UF Health goes back nearly 20 years. I served as the CEO of UF Health Jacksonville from 2013 until my retirement in 2017. Before that, I served as associate vice president for finance and planning for UF Health in Gainesville and Jacksonville for almost 10 years. Prior to UF Health, I was president of Armistead Consulting LLC, a North Carolina firm that provided management and consultation services to academic health centers, hospitals and other health care organizations.
I have navigated numerous areas of business during my years in the workforce — from finance to clinical operations — with the goal of supporting the highest-quality patient care, education and research. My background in health care began at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where I served in various leadership positions over the course of 24 years, including as vice president for health services administration and senior associate dean for administrative services.