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Tampa’s biggest hospital names a new CEO

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Tampa’s biggest hospital names a new CEO


Jun 5, 2017, 3:41pm EDT

Tampa General Hospital named John Couris as president and CEO, taking over the top jobs that were previously held by Jim Burkhart, who resigned in November at the request of the hospital’s board of directors.

Couris currently is president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center on the east coast of Florida, but he spent several years in the Tampa Bay area working for BayCare Health System. He joined BayCare in August 2000 as a vice president at Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater.


In September 2006, he was named Morton Plant Mease North Bay Hospital’s chief operating officer.

In June 2010, Couris became the CEO and president of Jupiter Medical Center, a 327-bed, not-for-profit hospital. There he forged partnerships with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, a press release said. He also helped form a network of more than 300 doctors to provide care to the community and regional businesses, and led a $50 million expansion plan, the press release said.

Tampa General, the No. 1 hospital in the Bay area on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Hospitals List, with 1,011 beds and $1.09 billion in net operating revenue in 2015, is bigger than Jupiter Medical Center.

Tampa General also is the teaching hospital for USF Health, the only Level 1 Trauma Center on the west coast of Florida and a leading safety net hospital in the state.

The TGH board committee searching for a new CEO interviewed numerous candidates, and chose Couris because of his experience and passion in academic medicine, his knowledge of the Florida market, his executive experience and his high level of energy and enthusiasm, the press release said.

John Brabson, chair of the TGH governing board, called Couris “a dynamic leader with a passion for quality, innovation and excellence.”

Dr. Charles Lockwood, dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and a member of the search committee, said he looked forward to working with Couris, and Dr. Ravi Bukkapatnam, chief of staff at Tampa General and a member of the selection committee, said Couris was the first choice of the medical staff leadership.

Couris will start on Sept. 1. Until then, TGH will continue to be led by Steve Short, acting president and CEO.

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