ALTAMONTE SPRINGS - Eric Stevens recently accepted the position of CEO for Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center effective Jan. 2.
He will assume leadership responsibility for the three hospitals in the group: Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula.
Stevens currently serves as vice president of operations at Florida Hospital Orlando, the flagship of Adventist Health System. In this role, he has provided executive leadership for many procedural areas of the hospital, as well as core operational functions. In addition, he has responsibility for the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute and TransLife Organ Procurement Organization.
"I am pleased to see Eric advance into this senior executive position," said Donald L. Jernigan, president/CEO of Adventist Health System. "He brings not only a wealth of operational experience, but also a clinical background that will help enhance and grow medical services to the communities in the Heartland Division."
Prior to his current role, Stevens served as assistant administrator/COO for Florida Hospital Winter Park Memorial from 2006-2008 and was vice president of operations for Florida Hospital Flagler from 2003-2006. He has 30 years of health care experience and has also held leadership positions at Adventist Health in Portland, Ore., and Loma Linda University in California.
Stevens graduated from Pacific Union College in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in nursing and holds a graduate degree in health care administration from St. Francis University.
"I have always been called to serve and contribute in areas that directly impact patient care," said Stevens. "I have been so impressed with the medical staff, employees and community members that I have met at Florida Hospital Heartland and I am excited to be part of a team that touches and makes the difference in the lives of others."
Stevens is replacing Warren Santander who has filled in for the past two months as interim CEO while a search was underway to replace previous CEO Tim Cook. Santander will now re-enter retirement while Cook is currently serving as CEO at Florida Hospital DeLand.
Stevens and his wife, Darlene, are looking forward to the opportunities this transition holds as well as becoming active members in the community.