• HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital Announces Karim Ghanem as Vice President of Operations

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    May 04, 2022

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release
    May 2, 2022
    Nina Harrelson, 850-217-0401
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital
    Announces Karim Ghanem as Vice President of Operations
    Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital announced today the appointment of Karim Ghanem as vice president of operations, effective today, May 2, 2022.
    Ghanem has six years of experience in the healthcare industry, and brings a strong clinical performance background to this role after serving as the director of performance improvement and a regional lead advanced practice clinician in HCA Healthcare’s Capital Division.
    “In his new role, Ghanem will help support the day-to-day operations of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, and will partner closely with the administration team to support clinical service lines and ancillary departments,” said Caroline Burris, COO, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “We look forward to working together to continue building strong relationships with our colleagues, patients and visitors.”
    During his tenure in HCA Healthcare’s Capital Division, Ghanem developed and executed multiple division and corporate initiatives, improving education, staffing and throughput. While working as a lead advanced practice clinician, he was responsible for the budgeting, recruitment and onboarding of advanced practice clinicians across four campuses.
    “I am excited to join the dedicated team at HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin hospital,” said incoming VPO Karim Ghanem. “Their commitment to serving the community and providing exceptional care makes them the premier facility on the Emerald Coast. I look forward to working with our colleagues to honor our mission: Above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”
    Ghanem is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and holds a Master’s in Medical Science/Physician Assistant Studies. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Florida International University in Miami.
    About HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital
    About HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital is a 267-bed full-service hospital and is the only Level II Trauma Center in the Tri-County Area, with over 300 highly respected and qualified physicians. For women and children services, we have 24/7 neonatologists available and the area’s only Level II NICU. Its expanded emergency services include a dedicated Pediatric ER, 24/7 HCA Florida Destin Emergency, 24/7 HCA Florida Navarre Emergency and the full-service 24/7 HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Emergency. It is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and an Associate of the UAB Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital also has the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the tri-county area – HCA Florida Northwest Rehabilitation center, located in Destin, FL.
    About HCA Florida Healthcare
    HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 450 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices, freestanding emergency rooms and urgent care centers, offering a collaborative network of personalized care. United as a statewide network in 2021, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and 77,000 colleagues working together to deliver high-quality, collaborative care to more than 6.4 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided nearly $836.6 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com

    Nina Harrelson
    Director of Communications and Community Engagement
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital
    1000 Mar Walt Dr.
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
    P 850.315.1352  |  M 850.217.0401
    Nina Harrelson, Director of Communications and Community Engagemen
    Nina.Harrelson@hcahealthcare.com, (850) 315-1352