Boca Hospital fills two more key executive positions
BOCA RATON — Boca Raton Community Hospital has announced that Karen Poole and Ed Hannah have been appointed on a permanent basis to the positions of chief operating officer and chief nursing officer respectively. Both Poole and Hannah had been serving in these roles under a management contract with FTI Healthcare, the firm hired to revamp the hospital’s finances.
With these appointments, as well as the April hiring of Dawn Javersack as chief financial officer at BRCH, Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Fedele has secured virtually all key positions within his senior management team.
“Having Karen and Ed join us on a permanent basis is wonderful news for our organization,” said Fedele. “They are the right people for these critically important posts and both bring extraordinary talent, skill and experience to the positions.”
Fedele, who also transitioned from FTI to the role of permanent president and CEO at BRCH in February 2010, noted that maintaining a sense of continuity in the executive suite will be of additional value to the institution.
“We have built great momentum at our hospital and the strides we have made over the past 18 months are remarkable,” he said. “Karen and Ed have established outstanding working relationships with their colleagues on the senior team and with our physicians, nurses and staff throughout the institution. Being able to maintain those relationships for the long-term will certainly be instrumental to our continued success.”
Poole has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and has held numerous hospital chief executive officer and division president positions. Her expertise includes general hospital operations, managed care, team building, strategic planning, clinical operations improvement, labor productivity, market share growth and profit improvement. She holds a master of arts in management and supervision with an emphasis in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Hannah is also a seasoned professional with more than 30 years in nursing leadership positions. His senior leadership roles have included serving as chief nursing officer in large, regional tertiary teaching Level 1 trauma centers associated with multi-facility healthcare systems, serving as CNO in a magnet organization, providing clinical leadership in cardiac, critical care and emergency care services and successfully improving nurse retention, staffing and productivity. He holds a master of science in nursing administration from Emory University and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama.
Hannah is a registered nurse and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Founded in 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital is an advanced tertiary medical center with 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics and women’s health, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a Joint Commission Designated Primary Stroke Center.