ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (November 21, 2023) – HCA Florida Northside Hospital is excited to announce the appointment of local attorney Oxalis B. Garcia to the hospital’s Board of Trustees. She will join other community members who serve on the board to advise hospital leadership by following the standards set by The Joint Commission, the hospital accrediting agency.
Oxalis Garcia is a Puerto Rican native who is licensed to practice law in Puerto Rico, Maryland and Florida. She is fluent in Spanish and is a Florida Certified Family Law Mediator, Puerto Rico Certified Mediator and Family Law Guardian ad Litem. Since 2006, she has helped clients with a wide range of family law, injury and immigration issues. Her professional focus also includes the Middle District Federal Court in Florida, where she helps families reunite. She is President-Elect of the Florida Hispanic Bar Association, which currently has over 6,340 attorneys, who are members of the Florida Bar and who identify as Hispanic/Latinx.
“We are grateful to have Oxalis join us. She is a passionate leader whose background and experience will be a great addition to our board. We appreciate the perspective and insights our board provides in support our efforts to deliver high quality, compassionate care to our patients and the community we proudly serve.” said Valerie Powell-Stafford, Chief Executive Officer, HCA Florida Northside Hospital.
Oxalis Garcia, Esq.
About HCA Florida Northside Hospital
Serving the community since 1976, HCA Florida Northside Hospital is a 288-bed hospital, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, preventative and corrective cardiac care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment an ER 24/7®, and general surgery. As one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced hospital allows our highly skilled physicians, nursing, and caregivers to serve our growing community. HCA Florida Northside Hospital is the first nationally recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pinellas County and nationally recognized for quality and safety by earning an ‘A’ Patient Safety grade from the Leapfrog Group Spring 2020 and 2021. Our employees voted us a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2020. With campus-based specialized services including the Heart Center of Excellence and the Brain and Comprehensive Stroke Center, HCA Florida Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the community.
About HCA Florida Healthcare
HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 650 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms. United as a statewide network in 2022, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and more than 79,000 colleagues working together to deliver advanced, collaborative care to more than 8.6 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided $848.8 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com.