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  • HCA Florida Hospitals Announce New CMO

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    June 01, 2022

    For Immediate Release

    June 1, 2022
    Nina Harrelson, 850-217-0401
    HCA Florida Hospitals Announce Dr. Eric Schuck as
    Chief Medical Officer
    ~Dr. Schuck to Serve as Chief Medical Officer of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital~
    Fort Walton Beach, Fla.Eric Schuck, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer (CMO), of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital, effective June 1.
    In this role, Dr. Schuck will lead the clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and practice standards across HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital and HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital. Dr. Schuck brings more than 25 years of experience, with a proven track record of improving quality and patient safety, as well as the development and growth of key service lines.
    “Dr. Schuck has a passion for delivering high-quality, compassionate care, and his proven clinical leadership and experience will be a tremendous benefit to our patients and team as we focus on quality initiatives and continue to grow services in our community,” said Zach McCluskey, CEO of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital.
    “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Schuck back to the Emerald Coast, and are confident in his ability to embody our mission to remain committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Todd Jackson, CEO of HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital.
    Dr. Schuck returns to Fort Walton Beach from Ocala, Fla., where he served as the CMO for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital. Prior to that, he held CMO roles at HCA Florida West Hospital and in HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division, and also served as the site medical director for pediatrics/emergency services at multiple facilities, including HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, HCA Florida Capital Hospital and HCA Florida West Hospital.
    "I'm looking forward to returning to where my clinical career began with HCA Healthcare," said Dr. Eric Schuck, incoming CMO of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. "I feel thankful for the opportunity to serve the local military and civilian communities through expanded service lines and physician recruitment."
    Previously, Dr. Schuck led successful physician practices and worked as a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn.
    Dr. Schuck graduated with honors from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where he studied as an Air Force Health Professions Scholarship recipient. He then successfully completed a residency in pediatrics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base/Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, before serving nearly 10 years in the United States Air Force.
    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 Twin Cities Hospital
    HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital is a 65-bed acute care hospital with a medical staff of over 150 physicians. It offers all private rooms and the area’s only Certified Spine Surgery Program and the area’s first Certified Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program, in addition to a state-of-the-art surgery center.  HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital also has 24-hour emergency services, a critical care unit, specialty certification for treatment of sepsis and acute stroke care, and a variety of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.  Located at Highway 85 N and College Boulevard in Niceville, Twin Cities Hospital also has the areas only hospital-based Wellness Center, offering a variety of health-related seminars throughout the year. 
    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