Baptist Medical Center Clay announces board members for new hospital

Baptist Clay is pleased to welcome seven board members to its new hospital on Fleming Island, scheduled to open in the fall of this year. The diverse board members will direct Baptist Clay’s strategic plans and goals to meet the health care needs of the Clay County community.

The 300,000 square-foot full-service hospital on the existing Baptist Clay Medical Campus will open with 100 beds, including maternity services, enhanced cardiology, and cancer care from Baptist MD Anderson. The $235-million hospital was designed with patient-friendly features, large, private patient rooms and onsite amenities for the community. In addition, the hospital will bring 400 new jobs to Clay County.

The board members include:

Deborah Pass Durham is founder and principal at Potentiae, a company that advises growing businesses. Pass Durham helps organizations grow and evolve to achieve their goals. She has been widely recognized for her business and civic activities. Prior to founding Potentiae, she was president of ATS Services, a national employment services company, for more than 15 years. Her community involvement includes past chairman of The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, and she currently serves on the boards of Baptist Health and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

“Having grown up in Clay County and to have had the privilege of serving on the Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital boards, I am thrilled to return to Clay and be part of bringing a new Baptist Health hospital to Fleming Island,” said Pass Durham. “We’ve assembled a great group of community leaders to help guide our path to meet the health needs of a community where people live, work and play.”

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. is the retired chief executive officer of The First Tee, a positive youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its values to young people. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has impacted more than 9 million young people in 50 states and four international locations. Barrow has been a member of the Baptist Health System board since 2009 serving in various leadership roles including chairman of the finance committee.

Mary Wood Bridgman is a retired lawyer and corporate executive who currently serves as vice chair of the Clay County Planning Commission. A native Floridian, she grew up in Alachua County, earned her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Florida, and retired following a 28-year career in Jacksonville. She has volunteered in a variety of settings and received a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, serving for 10 years.

Matt Carlton is a graduate of the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker School of Construction Management and lives in Green Cove Springs. He founded Carlton Construction, a design-build and construction management firm, in 2004, and currently serves as its president. Carlton was the chair of Baptist South’s Development Council for three years and remains a council member. He also served on the board of the Clay County Development Authority from 2014 – 2018.

Wendell Chindra is president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He is a native of Princes Town on the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Chindra studied geology at Lehman College, later completing a degree in social science with a minor in political science at Jacksonville University. He has a graduate degree in public policy. In 2018, he was named director of operations for the Clay Chamber of Commerce, and became president in 2019. Chindra is currently working on his doctorate in ministry from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee.

R. Patrick Hayle joined the City Rescue Mission in 1997, where he served in various capacities, eventually assuming the role of executive director and CEO in 2003. He left in 2010 and enjoyed a brief semi-retirement while doing consulting work with his wife. Having been a Clay County resident for 25 years, and knowing the need for improvement in homeless conditions here, Hayle now serves as executive director and CEO at Mercy Support Services. His experience and leadership in the community have produced growth and a vision for Mercy that has had a major impact in Clay County.

Keith L. Stein, MD, retired from Baptist Health in 2020 as chief medical officer and senior vice president of Medical Affairs and Clinical Effectiveness. He recently rejoined Baptist Health as the physician advisor to the CEO. Before his corporate career, Dr. Stein was a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensive care physician and is double-board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology as an anesthesiologist and intensivist. He has held clinical roles including chief of critical care at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, director of the intensive care units at St. Luke’s Hospital (Jacksonville), associate chief of the division of critical care, director of biomedical informatics, director of the anesthesiology/critical care medicine training program, and director of the cardiothoracic surgical ICU at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Presbyterian University Hospital.