TAMPA – (April 8, 2020) – HCA Healthcare West Florida announces that Kenneth Wicker is the new CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital, effective May 4. Ken currently serves as the CEO for Bayfront Health-Brooksville and has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration. Accomplishments during his tenure, which began there in 2012, include service line growth, medical staff development and recruitment, strategic planning, and patient and caregiver satisfaction improvements.
Prior to joining HMA/CHS, Wicker served as CEO of River Park Hospital, a Capella Healthcare facility in McMinnville, Tennessee and numerous HCA Healthcare hospitals including Vice President /Chief Operating Officer for Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Chief Operating Office for Ocala Regional Medical Center, and Associate Administrator for Fairview Park Hospital.
“We are excited to have Ken return to HCA Healthcare and the West Florida Division,” said Tim Burroughs, Chief Administrative Officer for HCA West Florida. “His ability to strategically align resources and understanding of the Tampa Bay market will be instrumental in guiding the growth agenda for St. Petersburg General Hospital.”
Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance from the University of South Carolina and his Master in Business Administration and Master in Health Sciences from the University of Florida. He is active in the Brooksville Rotary Club, Board of Hernando Progress, Relay for Life Hospital Chairman, and the Champions Club Advisory Council. He and his wife Kimberly have a son Carson and daughter Christine.
About HCA West Florida
HCA West Florida provides a complete continuum of high quality programs and services to meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses throughout west Florida, caring for more than 1.2 million patients in 2019. HCA West Florida includes 15 hospitals, 25 ER locations, 13 ambulatory surgery centers, numerous physician practices, graduate medical education programs, a regional lab, and consolidated service center. HCA West Florida is affiliated with HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine.