Mark A. Toney, MD, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist who has served the Northeast Florida community for 20+ years, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of Medical Affairs at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, effective November 1, 2023.
In this role, Dr. Toney will focus on the effectiveness of clinical care for children who are served at all Wolfson Children’s locations, including the main hospital, five satellite ERs, Pediatric Trauma Center and regional outpatient pediatric specialty care centers. He will continue to work closely with community pediatricians and pediatric specialists with Nemours Children’s Health, the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, and other collaborating pediatric healthcare organizations.
In addition to his patient care role as a pediatric hospitalist since 2003, Dr. Toney has served as chief of the Division of Hospital Pediatrics for Nemours Children’s Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital since 2012. In his leadership role, his accomplishments have included:
- Coordinated the inpatient pediatric training education program for six residency training programs and two medical schools
- Being part of continuous improvement projects to streamline hospital processes and decrease hospital stay lengths and readmission rates.
- Working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient and family satisfaction
“Strong physician leadership is vital to advancing and elevating the care we provide to the families we serve at Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital,” said Timothy G. Groover, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE, senior vice president and system chief medical officer, Baptist Health. “Dr. Toney’s significant experience and expertise as a respected pediatric clinician, his natural leadership ability, and outstanding communication skills make him the perfect fit to serve as vice president of Medical Affairs. I look forward to working with him on initiatives to further enhance care across the continuum for patients and families.”
Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and a senior vice president for Baptist Health, said, “Dr. Toney clearly has a passion for providing the best possible medical care to children and is known for fostering alignment and cohesion among teams. His gift for collaborating with administration, nursing and others to improve quality, patient safety, efficiency and patient satisfaction will make him a highly valued member of the Wolfson Children’s Senior Management Team.”
A Jacksonville native, Dr. Toney graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering at Georgia Tech. Volunteering at an Atlanta children’s hospital changed his career course to pediatric medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and completed his pediatric residency with the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
Dr. Toney is married to Meagan and is the father of four.