John Couris, MS
President and CEO
John D. Couris is the president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic health system.
As a recognized leader in the health care industry, Couris has achieved success through innovation, operational excellence, technological integration, and strategic collaborations.
He writes about these experiences in leadership and some of the most critical and relevant issues facing the health care industry today on his website www.leadingthechangewithjohncouris.com. Leading the Change was created to advocate for effective policies that ensure all Floridians have access to world-class care, to spotlight the innovative, cutting-edge work of Tampa General Hospital, and to provide a forum to feature other innovative leaders making a dramatic impact in the health care industry.
Under Couris’ leadership, Tampa General Hospital has partnered with GE Healthcare to advance care coordination, help enhance patient safety and quality, and improve efficiency with a new care coordination center. The center will harness artificial intelligence, predictive analytical modeling, and human intelligence to drive operational excellence and help improve the experience and outcomes for patients, families and hospital staff. In addition, Couris co-led a new partnership with USF Health and the institution's private practice physicians’ group to build a new clinical platform and physicians’ collaborative designed to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay region.
Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital in 2017, Couris served for seven years as president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Health and Jupiter Medical Center, the region’s leading health system. During his tenure, the organization completed over $100 million in capital and operation improvements and led the organization to establish a $300 million campaign to meet the region's growing demand for critical health services, such as advanced cardiac care, expanded pediatric services and comprehensive stroke care. Under Couris' leadership, Jupiter Medical Center received numerous accolades for hospital quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, placing the organization in the top 10% within the state of Florida and the top 20% in the nation.
Couris’ career began at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the premier academic medical centers in the country. From there, he spent the next ten years with BayCare Health System, rising from vice president of ambulatory care at Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater to chief operating officer. Throughout his over twenty-year career, John has demonstrated a unique ability to lead organizations and empower individuals to reach their fullest potential, while generating high levels of return on investment and developing innovative programs that consistently deliver on results
Couris is active in numerous community and philanthropic activities and serves on the board of the Florida Hospital Association, the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Economic Development Council, the Valspar PGA Tournament and Loggerhead Marinelife Center. In addition, he is the immediate past chairman of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the state’s largest regional theatre, MyClinic (a free clinic for the uninsured) and the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), along with many national health associations.
Couris is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Palm Beach County as well as a “Power Leader in Health Care” for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2016, he was awarded the "Health Care Innovator Hero" by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. In 2014, he was awarded the "Healthcare Professional of the Year" by the Chamber of the Palm Beaches and was named the "Healthcare Business Leader of the Year" by the Palm Beach Medical Society. Couris was also recognized as the “2014 Corporate Star” by the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches.
Couris is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Couris resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and two children.
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer
Scott Arnold is the senior vice president and chief information officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Arnold leads the implementation of all technology systems across the organization to ensure the collection, maintenance, safety and privacy of patient records. He joined Tampa General Hospital in 2010 to manage the conversion of its electronic medical record system - the largest technology implementation in the hospital’s history.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Scott served as a vice president for Mercy Health in Saint Louis, Missouri and held leadership positions with Daleen Technologies, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Scott serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Health Information Exchange and is a member of the Epic Connect Governing Council and the O’Neil Center’s Health Informatics Advisory Council.
Scott earned a master’s degree from Washington University’s School of Engineering, master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology, bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University’s College of Applied Science and accredited by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).
Executive VP & Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
Stacey Brandt is the senior vice president, chief strategy and marketing officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Brandt is responsible for the organization’s communications and marketing efforts. A veteran of the healthcare industry, Brandt brings nearly 20 years of health care strategy, business development, marketing and communications expertise to her role at Tampa General. Prior to joining Tampa General, Brandt spent 17 years in hospital administration at Jupiter Medical Center before serving in the role of vice president of marketing and strategic planning.
Brandt is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a minor in business administration and management.
Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Cullen is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
With more than 27 years of experience in the health care industry, Cullen is responsible for overseeing all clinical and operational strategies at Tampa General Hospital.
She joined the organization following a 25-year + tenure at the BayCare Health System, where she started as a nurse before taking on several leadership roles, including director of nursing and director of operations.
Cullen is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Florida Hospital Association. She received a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University.
Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sally Houston is the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Acting Cheif Financial Officer
Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine, Fellowship and Chief Fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.
Steve Short is the executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer (CFO) at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Short brings over three decades of healthcare experience to TGH in his role of EVP and CFO. Prior to joining the TGH team in 2000, Short served as assistant vice president of finance at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he eventually took on the role of vice president of operations and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the health care industry, he worked as a staff accountant for the State of Arizona.
Short is a graduate of Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in 2000.
Janet H. Davis, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Janet Davis is the senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. In her role, Davis leads more than 3,000 nurses and clinical team members in a continued effort to improve patient care and outcomes and team safety across the healthcare system. During her tenure at Tampa General, Davis has established a Nursing Residency Program and Nurse Research Fellowship program.
Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Davis served as vice president for Acute Care and has held several management and nursing positions throughout her 36-year career.
Davis currently serves on the board of directors for Chapters Health System and is a member of the Beryl Institute and the America Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a certified ANCC® Nurse Executive. In 2016, Davis received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives.
Davis holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice in Health System Leadership and a Master of Science in Policy Analysis and Urban Affairs.
Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Robin DeLaVergne is senior vice president of external affairs at Tampa General Hospital. She previously served as executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of development Tampa General Hospital.
Ms. DeLaVergne serves on the Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Gov. Rick Scott appointed DeLaVergne as a Board Member for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. She is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, TGH Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, Florida Nonprofit Alliance, USF Town & Gown, and Leadership Tampa Alumni. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base. DeLaVergne is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Sustainer of the Year from the Junior League of Tampa and Leadership Tampa Alumni’s 2017 Parke Wright III Award.
She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she received a master's of science degree in audiology.
Senior Vice President, Support Services
Cheryl Eagan is the senior vice president of support services at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
For the past decade, Eagan has led several critical functions at the hospital, including facilities management, environmental services, patient transportation, security, parking, hospital operators, transportation, emergency management, real estate management, dietetic services, sustainability, design, construction and clinical nutrition services, while managing a staff of 1,200 employees.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Eagan served as a senior vice president at Sodexo and held management positions with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Atlantic Health System.
Eagan is skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Budgeting, Process Improvement, Team Building, and Facility Planning. Fellow and active member of American College of Healthcare Executives(ACHE). Also, an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), DI Stewardship, FBI Citizens Academy of Tampa, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Mentor-Protege program. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s science in Architecture.
Frann M. Richards
Senior Vice President & CHief Development Officer
Frann Murphree Richards is the senior vice president and chief development officer for the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.
In this role, she will lead and manage critical fundraising initiatives to benefit the hospital and its patients. Before joining the foundation, Richards served as the senior director of development at USF Health, helping it reach $1 billion in capital for the "Unstoppable" campaign.
From 2011 to 2016, Richards was the director of development and strategic initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida where she led a $300 million campaign as part of the University’s $1.72-billion capital campaign, “Florida Tomorrow.”
Richards came to non-profit development following a successful sixteen-year sales and sales leadership career in private industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of North Florida.
Vice President, Supply Chain
Mark Campbell is the vice president of supply chain at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Campbell has been serving as vice president of supply chain at TGH since 2006. In his position, Campbell is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including, strategic sourcing, distribution, value analysis and minority business inclusion. Prior to this role, Campbell served as director of health information management at TGH.
Before joining TGH, Campbell was as a senior associate at KPMG LLP and a manager of health information management at Florida State Hospital.
Campbell received his Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Tennessee and Master of Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Florida. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified materials and resource professional with the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.
Senior VP, Cheif Human Resources Officer
Chris Alan Roederer is the senior vice president of human resources (CHRO) and chief compliance officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Roederer has been a part of TGH for over ten years, bringing nearly 38 years of experience to his role as senior vice president of human resources and chief compliance officer. In his position, Roederer provides executive oversight of human resources services, including employment, employee/labor relations, compensation and benefits, organizational development and education, employee heath and wellness and volunteer and retail services.
Prior to joining TGH in 2007, Roederer served as chief corporate services officer and senior vice president of human resources at the City of Hope National Medical Center as well as vice president of human resources at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute.
Roederer received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Master of Arts in Organizational Communications at Western Kentucky University. He is also a board member on the executive committee of Boy and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.
Peter Chang, MD
Vice President Care Transitions & Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Dr. Peter Chang is the vice president of care transitions and chief medical informatics officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Chang leads the development, implementation, administration, and operation of TGH’s Length of Stay Program and the TGH CareComm Center. As the manager of nine healthcare information technology departments at Tampa General, he is primarily responsibility for instilling a culture of safety to improve hospital quality. In addition to his dual roles at the hospital, Dr. Chang is a voluntary assistant professor at the USF Health.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Dr. Chang served as an assistant professor of medicine and Director Internal Medicine Residency at USF Health. He started his career in healthcare as the director patient services and information technology for Oxycare Inc., based in Maryland.
Dr. Chang is a board member of MORE Health Inc. the Tampa General Medical Group. He has been honored with several industry awards, including the American College of Physicians Resident Award, the Tampa General Hospital Nathan L. Marcus Award for Outstanding Resident, Internal Medicine Outstanding Resident Educator Award and Top 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.
Dr. Chang earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of South Florida.
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Anthony Escobio is the vice president of revenue cycle for Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
With more than 24 years of experience in healthcare finance, Escobio oversees revenue management, patient financial services, and healthcare IT solutions implementation for Tampa General Hospital.
Escobio is an active participant with the Florida Hospital Association, the National Association of Healthcare Access Management and the Hillsborough County Healthcare Advisory Board. He served as the Revenue Cycle Chair for the Florida Chapter HFMA Board of Directors from 2007-2010 and has been an active member of since 2008.
In 2016, Escobio was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He holds a Master of Public Health, is a fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association and is certified as a healthcare access manager and healthcare financial professional.
Vice President, Finance
Charity Fannin, CPA, FHFMA, is the vice president of finance at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As vice president of finance, Fannin oversees treasury, financial accounting and reporting as well as financial planning and analysis.
Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Fannin spent 12 years at UC Health in Cincinnati, Ohio as vice president of corporate finance. In that role, Fannin guided the financial transformation of the organization from a system of hospitals governed under a joint operating agreement to a health system managed under single leadership as non-profit corporation. She also successfully managed investment advisory service transitions, several new financings inducing tax-exempt bonds and new markets tax credits, tax restructurings, physician acquisitions and the realm of de-risking strategies for defined benefit pension plans.
Fannin is an active fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and currently serves on the HFMA Florida Chapter Board as Treasurer. She is a member of HFMA National Controller Council, and previously served on the Southwest Ohio Chapter HFMA Board as treasurer and director. She is also an active CPA (Ohio) and member of the AICPA, CGMA, and NFP.
Wendi Goodson-Celerin, DNP, APRN, NE-BC
Vice President, Acute Care, Neuroscience, Orthopedic & Clinical Education
Wendi Goodson is the vice president of acute care, neuro, ortho, and clinical education at Tampa General Hospital at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Goodson is responsible for the assessment, implementation and evaluation of administrative operations to deliver efficient and effective patient care services to nursing and/or ancillary department.
Prior to this role, Goodson served as the director of acute surgical inpatient, critical care and clinical education, the director of women’s and children’s services and clinical education and director of nursing education at TGH.
Goodson has been recognized with several industry honors, including the Excellence in Management Leadership Award (2004), the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award (2009) and the Excellence in Education Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (2014). Goodson earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing at the University of South Florida. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice and is certified with the ANCC Nurse Executive Board.
Vice President, Payor & Governmental Affairs
Steve Harris is the vice president of payor & government affairs at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
In this role, Harris provides regulatory reimbursement oversight to the organization, supervises payor contracting matters, and represents TGH on issues involving the state legislature and congress.
Prior to joining TGH, Harris was a senior manager in the KPMG Healthcare Advisory practice. While at KPMG, he worked with the firm’s hospital clients in the preparation/review of the Medicare and state Medicaid cost reports, in audit support as a third-party reimbursement specialist, and special reimbursement projects including, graduate medical education, organ acquisition reimbursement, disproportionate share adjustment calculations, Medicare bad debt identification, wage index submissions, and PRRB appeals.
Harris received a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He holds CHFP designation with the Florida Chapter of HFMA.
Laura Haubner, MD
Vice President & Chief Quality Officer
Dr. Laura Young Haubner is the vice president and chief quality officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Haubner brings two decades of healthcare experience to TGH. In 2000, she joined TGH as medical director of neonatal ECMO, where she still sees patients. Dr. Haubner has held a variety of positions at TGH’s partner medical school, the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine, including assistant professor of pediatrics, director and founder of the Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center, medical director of virtual patient care center (VPCC) and the center for advanced medical learning and stimulation (CAMLS), co-course director of doctoring and associate professor of pediatrics.
Dr. Haubner earned her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. She received her medical degree from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Haubner holds advisory positions on the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Counsel and the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board. She is a committee member of the Vizeint Chief Quality Officer Network Steering Committee, the Clinical Documentation Oversight Committee, the Code Blue Committee and the Critical Care Steering committee at TGH.
Vincent Perron, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Vincent Perron is the vice president of medical affairs and associate chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Perron also serves as volunteer faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) School of Medicine, TGH’s partner in building a new clinical platform to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay Region.
Prior to joining TGH, Dr. Perron served as the chief of geriatric medicine at USF, academic director of the center for hospice palliative care and end of life studies at USF, medical director of palliative care services at Tampa General Hospital, medical director of the acute care for the elderly unit at TGH, hospital team attending physician, associate medical director of Lifepath Hospice and medical director for Canterbury Towers in South Tampa.
Dr. Perron is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds additional certifications in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, he is certified with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review and the American Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Perron earned his Doctor of Medicine at the Ross University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in Jersey City, N.J.
Lucila Ramiro, MD
Vice President, Physician Practice & President, Tampa General Medical Group
Dr. Lucila Ramiro is the vice president of Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
In her current role, Dr. Ramiro oversees TGMG’s two specialty offices, 14 primary care locations and 101 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practice providers. Prior to her role as vice president in 2017, Dr. Ramiro served as TGMG’s primary care program director since 2012.
Dr. Ramiro has been a part of TGH for over 25 years, starting as a general internist and primary care physician in 1994. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s in Cleveland, OH in 1994 before joining TGH. She received her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is an alumni of the University of South Florida and continues to teach medical residents.
Dr. Ramiro is an award-winning physician, receiving the United Healthcare Quality of Care Physician in 2007, Best Doctors in America in 2009, the ADA/NCQA Recognition for Delivery of Quality Diabetes Care in 2006 and the Community Based Teaching Award from the American College of Physician Florida Chapter in 2012. Dr. Ramiro is a part of the American College of Physicians National Osteoporosis Foundation and American Diabetes Association.
Vice President, Professional Services
David Robbins is the vice president of professional services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As vice president of professional services, Robbins provides operational leadership for the laboratory, pharmacy, rehabilitation, blood bank, cardiac imaging, oncology and respiratory care services. He also leads and participates on numerous committees, including the senior management team, patient services executive committee, cancer committee, risk management committee and more.
Robbins has been a part of the TGH staff for over 17 years. Since 2002, he has served as an administrative fellow, assistant administrator and assistant vice president.
Robbins earned his Bachelor of Science in microbiology and cell science and Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Florida. Robbins is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of directors at the Heartland Rural Healthcare Network, the University of South Florida MHA Program and a Leadership Tama Day Chair at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Diane Skorubski, MS, RN, CNOR, NE-BC
Vice President, Surgical Services
Diane Skorupski is the vice president of surgical services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
She brings over 20 years of healthcare industry experience to TGH. She joined the hospital in 2018 to oversee the operational and strategic vision of surgical services.
Prior to joining TGH, Skorupski served as AVP perioperative services at the UF Health Shands Hospital, interim leader/consultant perioperative services at Memorial Hospital, and the interim director of surgical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Skorupski is a board-certified, award-winning registered nurse. She was the recipient of the Rose Rivers’ Chrysalis Award for Evolving Nursing Research in 2015 and is board certified in operating room nursing (CNOR) and nurse executive (NE-BC).
Skorupski earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her RN diploma at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing.
Vice President, Ambulatory Services
Adam Smith is the vice president of Ambulatory Services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
In his current role as vice president of Ambulatory Services, Smith is responsible for inpatient and outpatient radiology, urgent care services, Telehealth, the primary care physician network, the ambulatory surgery center and our ambulatory buildings. He also executes the strategic plan related to the expansion of the ambulatory network and is responsible for the access strategy, the coordination of care and the patient experience in our ambulatory platform.
Smith came to TGH with over 19 years of experience in both hospital and ambulatory operations. Prior to joining TGH, he served as director of ambulatory imaging and diagnostic for Pinellas and West Pasco at BayCare, Ambulatory Division and manager of medical imaging at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Eckerd College and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Chief Technology Officer
Brian Hammonds is the chief technology officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As chief technology officer, Hammonds develops the strategic vision for integrating ancillary systems to automate process for TGH clinical staff. He successfully managed the security team during TGH’s Epic upgrade and led the effort to automate the validation of more than one million security settings within the system.
Prior to this role, Hammonds served as the director of technology integration at TGH from 2011-2016. Before joining TGH, Hammonds held positions with several technical consulting firms, including Tribridge Inc. and Global Consultants Inc.
Hammonds earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Auburn University and a Program for Technical Managers from the Georgia Institute of Technology.