President and Chief Executive Officer
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
1700 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239-3555
In July, 2014, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board appointed David Verinder President and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. The regional medical center consists of an 806-bed hospital, physician practices and a network of specialized medical campuses and clinics that include a nursing and rehabilitation center, a psychiatric hospital and urgent care and outpatient centers. The only public hospital in the Southwest Florida region, Sarasota Memorial has nearly 4,000 staff, 1,000 volunteers and 800 physicians. It is one of the largest acute-care public hospitals in the nation and among the largest employers in the region.
Before assuming the CEO role, Verinder had served as Sarasota Memorial’s Interim CEO since former CEO Gwen MacKenzie’s departure at the end of May. Prior to that, Verinder served as Chief Operating Officer since 2010, overseeing the health system’s Ambulatory Services, Radiology Department, Laboratory Services, Supply Chain Management, Biomedical Engineering, Hospitality Services, First Physicians Group’s Operations, Physician Hospital Organization, group purchasing and distribution company (Leesar) and several additional joint ventures. He also is responsible for the organization’s architecture and construction projects, including the completion in 2013 of a nine-story Courtyard Tower — the centerpiece of a $250 million campus improvement project — as well as several new outpatient centers.
Verinder joined Sarasota Memorial in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, he successfully instituted significant financial and operational improvements, focusing on strategic growth opportunities, disciplined expense controls and improved financial results.
Verinder came to Sarasota Memorial from Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinic in Temple, Texas, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for Hospital and Clinic operations. Verinder received his Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University.