FISHERMEN’S COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diane Weitz
Dec. 14, 2011
Fishermen’s Names New CEO, Takes Helm Jan. 1, 2012
MARATHON, Florida Keys—Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s Board of Trustees today named a
seasoned healthcare professional with three decades in hospital leadership positions, and for the past
15 years was CEO of a Mississippi hospital, as its new chief executive officer.
Dr. Hal Leftwich, with a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Coast University, a Master
of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Business
Administration in Healthcare Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, will take over leadership
of the hospital on Jan. 1, 2012.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Hal Leftwich as our new CEO,” said Michael Cunningham,
chairman of the hospital Board of Trustees. “Although there were several highly qualified candidates,
the choice of Leftwich was surprisingly clear cut for both the board and the staff that participated in
interviews with him. He successfully led several small hospitals through major challenges, was a hospital
CEO or vice president at four Florida hospitals, and has the proven skills and leadership abilities to take
Fishermen’s Community Hospital to the next level.”
Leftwich leaves Hancock Medical Center, an acute care hospital in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with two
rural health clinics, and a satellite outpatient services campus. When he assumed the CEO position in
1997, the hospital had 104 beds, but a direct hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the resultant flooding
from storm surge, destroyed 100,000 square feet of the hospital main floor, leaving only 25 operational
beds on the second floor.
“Katrina forced the hospital to downsize, but eventually we rebuilt the hospital into a 47-bed facility and
are heading back to 104 as more and more residents return to the area,” said Leftwich. “The hurricane
destroyed my home as well, so I spent the next six months living in a camper in the hospital parking lot
as we moved quickly to get the hospital operational again.”
Leftwich is a Fellow with the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the
Mississippi Hospital Association Board of Directors. The Mississippi Nursing Association named his
facility Hospital of the Year (under 100 beds) in 2009.
Leftwich was vice president of Kissimmee Memorial Hospital, Kissimmee, FL, from 1982-1984; vice
president of Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, FL, from, 1984-1991; and has been employed by Quorum
Health Resources, Brentwood, TN, (which specializes in aiding hospitals in complicated transitions and
was hired by Fishermen’s to handle its change from for profit to nonprofit) since 1991 where he served
as interim CEO for several hospitals in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and North Carolina.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with a great small hospital and an outstanding staff,” said
Leftwich. “I grew up in Orlando, and often came to the Keys with my family to snorkel and fish, so this is
like returning home for me.”
Scott Landrum, who has led the hospital as chief transition officer since last January when the Board of
Trustees decided to return the hospital to nonprofit status, is leaving his post on Dec. 31, 2011.
Fishermen’s Community Hospital is a nonprofit organization located in the Middle Keys community of
Marathon. It offers a state-of-the-art emergency department, full array of diagnostic and laboratory
services, an intensive care unit, inpatient and outpatient surgery, physical and occupational therapy,
pharmacy, and other essential services.
Editors please note: Attached is photograph of Leftwich.