• HCA Healthcare North Florida Division Announces Zach McCluskey as Chief Executive Officer of FWBMC

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    October 30, 2021
    For Immediate Release
    October 29, 2021
    Contact: Trip Farmer
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division Announces
    Zach McCluskey as Chief Executive Officer of
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
    Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the appointment of Zach McCluskey, as Chief Executive Officer of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, effective December 6, 2021. In his new role, McCluskey will oversee the growing 267-bed hospital which has served the Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties for more than 45 years.
    McCluskey will assume leadership from Mitch Mongell, a 25-year veteran of HCA Healthcare. A nationwide search commenced for the new CEO after Mongell announced his retirement earlier in the year. A native of Richmond, Virginia, McCluskey has more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience within the HCA Healthcare system, following a career in critical care nursing.
    “With more than a decade of healthcare leadership and clinical experience, I have every confidence that Zach will carry on the high standards in place for clinical excellence at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center,” said Richard Hammett, President, HCA Healthcare North Florida Division. “Mitch has been an exemplary leader. He has built a talented team of professionals who care deeply about the communities we serve and he should be very proud of the legacy he leaves. We are excited to have someone of Zach’s caliber join the team and continue to advance HCA Healthcare’s mission and focus of caring like family for our patients and colleagues.”
    McCluskey most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of HCA Healthcare’s Johnston-Willis Hospital, a 292-bed facility and campus of CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. The hospital continues to receive high marks including being awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the first hospital in the U.S. to receive The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certificate of Distinction for Brain Tumor care. Johnston-Willis Hospital is also the first non-academic hospital in Virginia to receive the Comprehensive Stroke Certification by DNV-GL Healthcare, the highest level of competence possible for stroke care.
    Prior to his tenure at Johnston-Willis Hospital, McCluskey was CEO at Parham Doctors’ Hospital, where under his leadership the hospital became a top five percent orthopedic hospital in the nation designated by Healthgrades and received total shoulder, hip and knee certifications from the Joint Commission. Parham was also recognized for its Division leading patient and physician satisfaction performance. Prior to his work at Parham, Zach served as Chief Operating Officer at StoneCrest Medical Center in Nashville and associate administrator at HCA Healthcare’s CJW Hospital.
    “I am honored to join the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division and become CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Mitch and his team have made great strides building strong community relationships and the hospital is consistently recognized as a top general hospital for excellence in quality care and patient safety,” said Zach McCluskey, incoming Chief Executive Officer, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “As the only full service acute care hospital serving the tri-county area, we understand the importance of growing our team of experts and our services to meet the changing needs of our communities and I look forward to leading this talented team and providing continued strategic growth for the residents of Northwest Florida.”
    McCluskey received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
    About Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 267-bed full-service hospital and is the only Level II Trauma Center in the TriCounty 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 Destin ER, an Express tract for minor injuries, and a full-service 24/7Fort Walton Beach ER. 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. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also has the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the tri-county are – The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, located in Destin, FL.
    About HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division 
    HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 15 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.
    Emily Friedlander
    Communications Manager
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
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