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he Florida Hospital Association recently released a report that quantified the economic impact of hospitals in the Sunshine State. It detailed the number of annual emergency room visits, surgical procedures and babies delivered, as well as numbers relating to charity care including uncompensated or discounted services provided to some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. “Often, we focus on the fact that Florida hospitals provide high-quality care to all pa-tients, regardless of their ability to pay,” says Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association. “This report under-scores their extraordinary value that goes beyond direct patient care. Hospitals are essential to the social and economic well-being of their communities.” In fact, Florida hospitals are responsible for 927,768 jobs and contribute over $120 billion in economic impact annually. And those figures are just for hospitals and don’t take into account other areas of the health care industry, a network that has an even larger economic impact statewide and across the country. The enormous scope of our health care system is the motivator for 904 Magazine to compile its annual “most influential people” list—because an apparatus this large and diverse requires an amazing collection of talented individuals, professionals who wear all sorts of hats: administrators, physicians, researchers, educators, philanthropists and more. Listed here, in no particular order, are brief profiles of our picks for the 40 Most Influential People in Jax Health Care. Dr. Jeffrey Harrison , an associate profes-sor in the Department of Public Health in the Brooks College of Health at UNF, was ranked as a top professor in the 2013 List of Great Health Administration Professors by MHA Guide , a health administration career guide. Harrison is chair of the Department of Public Health and has administrative responsibility for the undergrad and graduate programs in health administration, public health, mental health counseling and geriatric manage-ment. He has been a faculty member since 2002, after retiring as a Commander in the Navy Medical Service Corp. With a 64-bed hospital set to open this fall, Blain Claypool , President of St. Vincent’s Clay County, has been very busy of late. In order to meet the needs of the area’s rapidly growing population, the new medical center will feature an array of services including emergency medicine, cardiology, cancer treatment, general surgery, orthopedics and wound care. Plans are for the center to eventually expand to 250 beds. Apparently, Claypool will be busy for years to come. With more than 30 years’ experience under his belt, Stephen Lucie , MD, is one of the most respected physicians in the River City. As a founding member of the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute, Lucie is well-versed in the latest surgical techniques, including ro-botic-assisted partial knee replacements. As the original Team Physician for the Jack-sonville Jaguars, he has performed more than 10,000 surgeries, many on high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Scot Akerman , MD, is the Medical Director of First Coast Oncology, one of the area’s leading cancer treatment facilities. A board-certified physician, Ackerman is not only well qualified, he’s in high demand. He also acts as chief of radiation oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and often speaks as an expert on the subject of cancer detection and treatment. As president and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Moody Chisholm oversees the entire St. Vincent’s system—including St. Vincent’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Catherine Laboure Manor and a handful of area primary care facilities. Prior to his cur-rent role, Chisholm worked for Universal Health Systems for 24 years, so he knows a thing or two about medicine—and business. As CEO, a big part of his job is to balance the organization’s ministry work with its bottom line, a feat he’s been able to accomplish despite the recent economic downturn. Dawn Emerick is president and CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, a group established to develop re-gional research and evidence-based initia-tives that promote healthy communities and lifestyles and improve access to health care. It’s no easy feat, but Emerick is well-known for her commitment to the cause. Emerick is also a major advocate for Downtown revital-ization, and recently held a news conference to discuss the importance of drawing more people to the urban core. Mayor Alvin Brown has a slew of goals on his plate—drawing more businesses to Jacksonville, getting the economy back on track and winning a second term among them. Improving the health of the city’s resi-dents also remains one of his top priorities, and likely won’t fall by the wayside any time soon. In May, he shot hoops with seniors as part of National Older Americans Month; and last fall, he took part in Healthy Kids Day, blowing a whistle to symbolically end childhood obesity. R. David Heekin , MD, has quite the resume. In addition to being the founder of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists, he is the medical director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and has a broad background in orthopedics and sports medicine. A fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Heekin previously worked as chief of total joint replacement surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Cen-ter in Washington, D.C., where he acted as chief surgeon and principal investigator in a number of landmark trials evaluating new approaches to hip and knee replacement. A former practicing oncologist, William C. Rupp , MD, currently serves as CEO of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. He also sits on the board of the larger Mayo Clinic operation (as its vice president), making him influential not only in Jacksonville, but across the country, if not the world. Memorial Hospital Jacksonville president and CEO Jim O’Loughlin was handed the job of righting the ship at the Southside medical center. He tackled the task with both hands. Of course, in addition to im-proving the hospital’s reputation, O’Loughlin had to focus on other challenges, like taking care of the hospital’s patients while being mindful of its bottom line. Despite selling the NFL franchise they founded in 2011, Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver have kept plenty busy with their notable philanthropic dealings in the com-munity. In November, they made a $10 mil-lion gift to Baptist Health, the largest gift the hospital system has ever received. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower fea-tures state-of-the-art surgical suites and pri-vate patient rooms. The Weavers have also supported countless programs at Baptist and Wolfson Children’s Hospital throughout the years. A. Hugh Greene is president and CEO of Baptist Health, a locally-owned, faith-based health system that includes five hospitals, a primary care network, and employs more than 9,000 people. He has also served on several corporate boards, as well as the Florida Hospital Association Board, and co-chaired Mayor Brown’s Economic Develop-ment Transition Committee. To say he’s been busy is an understatement. But influ-ential? Definitely not a stretch. A non-profit organization is really only as good as its ability to raise money and sus-tain its operations. That goes double when the charitable organization manages a num-ber of large medical facilities. Around these parts, few are better at raising money than Jane R. Lanier , president and system chief development officer at St. Vincent’s Foundation. From hosting gala dinners to schmoozing politicos, Lanier and her team June 2013 : 904theMagazine.com : 31

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