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HCA Healthcare North Florida Division Names New President

Brian T. Cook has been named President of the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division, including its affiliated UCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital, HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, Oviedo Medical Center, HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital, and UCF Lake Nona Hospital in Orlando.

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is part of one of the state’s largest health systems.




Cook is currently president of the HCA Healthcare Far West Division, based in Henderson, Nevada. This will be a homecoming for Cook, who prior to becoming president five years ago, served as chief executive officer in Gainesville and chief executive officer in Tallahassee. He was also associate administrator at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee early in his career.

Cook earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park. His Bachelor of Science degree is in accounting and finance from Florida State University.

In a related announcement, Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, Inc. announced the formation of a new hospital group, HCA Healthcare Atlantic Group, to include the company’s HCA Healthcare West Florida, HCA Healtchare East Florida, HCA Healthcare North Florida, HCA Healthcare South Atlantic and HCA Healthcare MidAmerica divisions. The three Florida divisions are part of HCA Florida Healthcare.

Richard Hammett, currently president of the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division, has been promoted to president of the newly formed group. Ricardo Pavon, currently chief financial officer of HCA Healthcare National Group, will take over as chief financial officer of HCA Healthcare Atlantic Group.

“Brian is an exceptional healthcare leader who has led the HCA Healthcare Far West Division with integrity and respect for both patients and colleagues,” Hammett said. “We’re all looking forward to him returning home and contributing his leadership experience to the North Florida Division.”

The announcements are all effective January 1, 2023.

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