Baptist Health in Northeast Florida Names New President and CEO

Board of Directors Selects Michael A. Mayo, DHA, FACHE as New President and CEO Effective June 1

Jacksonville, FL

The Board of Directors of Baptist Health selected Michael A. Mayo, DHA, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Baptist Health in Northeast Florida.

Mayo is currently the interim CEO for five hospitals: Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Wolfson Children's Hospital and four satellite emergency centers, 55 primary care offices, more than 13,000 team members and 1,762 physicians.

Mayo has more than 32 years of health executive experience, including his most recent role as Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville hospital president.

During his career, Mayo has served as CEO of Orange Park Medical Center (HCA), CEO of Frankfort Regional Medical Center (HCA), Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, and President of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center and the flagship facility of the Methodist Health System.

From 1989 to 1999, Mayo held progressive leadership positions with Baptist Health System of Birmingham, Ala., where he first joined as an administrative fellow.

Mayo earned his Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, his Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman's University and his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama. He is board-certified in Health Care Management and a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He was elected to the Board of Governors of the ACHE Class of 2022. Mayo has served as the ACHE Regent for Florida – Northern and Western; on the Healthcare Executive Editorial Board; and on the Regents Advisory Council.

Mayo currently serves in various community leadership positions, including chair of the University of North Florida (UNF) Healthcare Administration Advisory Board, Dean's Council of UNF, adjunct professor, Master of Health Administration program at UNF Brooks College of Health and Board of Directors at Community Hospice & Palliative Care.

Baptist Health Board Chair Richard Sisisky said, "We commend Michael for the thoughtful, decisive, and effective manner in which he has led Baptist Health as interim CEO. We unanimously chose to forgo our search process because we realized the right leader was already with us."

"Michael is a high energy leader with experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit health systems. He believes in a culture of trust and collaboration. His vision for the future along with his successful and effective track record of evaluating, restructuring, building, and improving operational processes make him a perfect fit as the new CEO for Baptist," said Sisisky.

The Board is confident he has the vision and passion for taking Baptist Health to the next level in delivering the best patient care," Sisisky said.

"It is a rare privilege to lead the only faith-based, mission-driven, locally governed, non-profit health system in our region. These characteristics have set Baptist apart, and this opportunity energizes me. We have an amazing team, and I see an exciting future for our community, patients, physicians, and team members," said Mayo.

Vice-Chair Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. stated, "What's most important is finding the person with the exemplary character, cultural fit, and commitment to our mission. Michael is someone who will continue a legacy of thought leadership in Northeast Florida and throughout health care nationally."

Mayo and his wife Jennifer live in the Granada/San Marco area and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.