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J. Stuart Mitchell III, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Stuart is responsible for the operations of Health First's Hospital Division (900 total beds), including our tertiary hospital (Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center) and three Community Hospitals (Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, and Health First Viera Hospital, as well as system-wide quality and outcomes, nursing, plant operations, environmental services, supply chain, and safety and security, in addition to our hospital-based physicians and joint ventures.

Before joining Health First in May 2012, Stuart oversaw operations for eight regional facilities that are part of INTEGRIS Health. As the largest state-owned healthcare corporation in Oklahoma, INTEGRIS Health has 9,000 employees, 15 hospitals with 1,900 beds, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, a heart hospital, cancer institute, home health agencies, and an annual net revenue in excess of $1.5 billion. He also previously served as president and Memphis metropolitan market leader for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation in Memphis, TN. Stuart began his career at Phenix Medical Park Hospital in Phenix City, AL, where he served as assistant administrator and then as hospital administrator/CEO.

A fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Executives (FACHE), Stuart has developed a regional strategic plan to address service, clinical, and operational excellence and improved patient satisfaction as well as core measures at a 95% and greater composite process rate. Additionally, he implemented an integrated information system, including electronic health records (EHR) - connecting providers and providing critical information for planning, measuring, and improving efficiency and quality. Stuart was also instrumental in physician recruitment and staffing of a regional hospitalist program and in implementing programs to address and work with medical staffs to reduce variations in care.

Stuart earned a business administration degree from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) as well as a master of business administration degree from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA). He also achieved Advanced Leadership in Healthcare Certification after attending the University of Michigan Business School.