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Winter Haven Hospitals Welcome New President

BayCare has selected Tom Garthwaite as the president of Winter Haven and Winter Haven Women’s Hospitals. Garthwaite, who has been interim president since Jan. 2, is a BayCare veteran who most recently served as president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz since 2020.

Garthwaite started his BayCare career eight years ago as the director of operations at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. While at the two St. Joseph’s hospitals, Garthwaite was instrumental in reducing length-of-stay averages, transitioning some inpatient services from contract work to in-house operations and overseeing large and small construction projects.

Prior to BayCare, Tom served in leadership roles for a health care system on Florida’s east coast after starting his career as a radiologic technologist. His Bachelor of Science degree comes from the University of Central Florida, and his master’s degree in health service management from Florida Institute of Technology.

“Tom’s experience and work ethic was evident very quickly at Winter Haven Hospital while he served as interim president,” said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer for BayCare. “He has made great strides in demonstrating responsibility and accountability to team members and the Winter Haven community.”

During this same time, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North’s Director of Operations Sara Dodds has been serving as an interim president of the hospital. She will continue in that role as a search for a new president is conducted.

Winter Haven Hospital is a 447-bed hospital concentrates in the treatment of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and behavioral health. The hospital also provides emergency care, outpatient diabetes education, endoscopy services, neurological, orthopedic and in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient surgery and imaging services. Part of BayCare Health System, the hospital is located at 200 Avenue F NE in Winter Haven, Florida.

Winter Haven Women’s Hospital is a 61-bed facility dedicated to the unique needs of women and newborns. The hospital provides on-site obstetric services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has a level II neonatal intensive care unit, education classes, an outpatient surgery center and a breast and imaging center. The hospital is located at 101 Avenue O SE in Winter Haven, Florida.

BayCare has 16 hospitals and hundreds of other locations throughout the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions, providing inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness.

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