Tommy Inzina, CEO of BayCare Health System, lauded for passion, leadership
Tampa, Fla. (September 12, 2022) – Tommy Inzina, President and Chief Executive Officer of BayCare Health System, has been named the Dr. Jack Mahoney Healthcare Hero for being a community health champion and helping establish Tampa Bay Thrives, a non-profit organization that mobilizes the community to strengthen behavioral health outcomes for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder, with a focus on improving early intervention, access, and awareness.
The award, announced during the first meeting of the Mental Health/Substance Use Employer Learning Collaborative August 30, is named after the Florida Alliance’s nationally recognized Medical Director and thought partner, Dr. Jack Mahoney, and is given to an individual who has championed a healthcare issue that greatly impacts Floridians.
The work requires collaboration and champions to lead the way in improving access to high quality, affordable treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Inzina was selected as the recipient as someone whose passion and leadership has vastly improved the health and wellbeing of Floridians.
Kimberly Ramos, Director of Benefits at The Mosaic Company, and Florida Alliance Board Member, presented Inzina the award for his leadership in establishing Tampa Bay Thrives.
“This work of transforming a system is not for the faint of heart; it takes time and effort to fundamentally change a community, and despite the cultural challenges associated with this change effort Tommy continued to walk this path with us,” said Tampa Bay Thrives CEO, Carrie Zeisse. “Tampa Bay is better off for having this tremendous leader holding all of us at the forefront of his vision. And Tampa Bay Thrives, and I, are forever grateful for his willingness to champion a new approach so that we all may live
“It has been my privilege, as CEO of the region’s largest not-for-profit provider, to help put a spotlight on mental health and to help bring people together to address what our community needs,” said Inzina. “Together, we can make a real difference.”
About the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value
The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value is an employer-led research and education organization that brings together benefits leaders and healthcare stakeholders to develop and implement innovative improvements in healthcare cost, quality, transparency, and safety in Florida. For more information, please visit http://www.flhealthvalue.org/, or find the organization on Facebook, Twitter (@FLHealthValue) or LinkedIn.
About Tampa Bay Thrives
Tampa Bay Thrives is a nonprofit and Mental Health America affiliate, first formed in 2019, with the mission to mobilize the community to strengthen behavioral health outcomes for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder, with a focus on improving early intervention, access, and awareness. To learn more, visit www.tampabaythrives.org.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare is the leading, not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at hundreds of locations in the Tampa Bay and West Central Florida regions, including 15 hospitals. BayCare operates one of the region’s largest physician practices, BayCare Medical Group, and is West Central Florida’s largest provider of behavioral health and pediatric services. Its diverse network of ambulatory services includes laboratories, imaging, surgical centers, BayCare Urgent Care locations, wellness centers and one of Florida’s largest home care agencies, BayCare HomeCare. For the past four years, IBM Watson Health® Top Health Systems has ranked BayCare in the top 20 percent of large U.S. health care systems. BayCare, one of the region’s largest employers, is certified as a Great Place to Work®.