Mark Faulkner To Succeed Al Stubblefield As Baptist Healthcare CEO
PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 6, 2012) — Mark T. Faulkner has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Care, replacing Al Stubblefield, FACHE who is retiring.
Faulkner, Baptist Health Care Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010, will assume his new role effective June 1st. 2012. He becomes only the fourth CEO in the 60-year history of Baptist Health Care.
Stubblefield, a winner of the American Hospital Association Award of Honor, has served Baptist Health Care since 1985 and been CEO since 1999. He will continue as president of the Baptist Leadership Group and as president emeritus of Baptist Health Care.
“It has been an amazing journey,” Stubblefield said. “Having the opportunity to work with people of the caliber I have worked with at Baptist and seeing this health care system grow in quality and service to the community has been of immeasurable pride to me. It also makes me proud that as I leave I am leaving Baptist in completely capable hands.”
“Al has been a phenomenal leader for Baptist,” said Kirk Ball, chairman of the Baptist Health Care Board of Directors in announcing the change. “In the 13 years Al has led us, Baptist has reached the pinnacle of health care, not only in Northwest Florida and the region, but nationally. We are sorry to see him go but we know Al has placed us in a perfect position to continue our growth and service to this community.”
Ball pointed out that with Faulkner’s ascension to the CEO position “assures a smooth transition in our leadership.”
“Mark has been with us since 1993 and has demonstrated a thorough and creative knowledge of the health care industry and of this community,” he said. “With him at the helm we are excited about the future of Baptist Health Care.”
Faulkner, who grew up in Santa Rosa County, became Baptist Hospital Vice-President of Operations in 2004 after being the administrator of the Jay Hospital. He became Senior Vice President of Baptist Health Care and President of Baptist Hospital in 2006 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, overseeing all Baptist Health Care entities with 6,500 employees and generating annual revenues in excess of $650 million.
“It is truly an honor to be chosen to lead the 6,500 dedicated employees who make up the Baptist Health Care family,” Faulkner said. “My job will be that much easier because I am assuming this position in the wake of Al Stubblefield, a leader who has grown Baptist and positioned it to achieve even greater things in the future.”
During Stubblefield’s tenure Baptist has grown by more than 1,000 employees, completed $150 million in expansions and renovations, set standards for patient and employee satisfaction, and launched the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine with world-renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. In 2003 Baptist was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s premier award for performance excellence. Baptist was also named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” six times by FORTUNE magazine, received the Summit Award for sustained patient satisfaction, and was named one of the “Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care.”
Baptist Hospital was founded in 1951 with 140 beds and the first post-operative recovery room in Florida. It grew steadily, adding the first emergency helicopter program in Florida in 1977, Gulf Breeze Hospital in 1985, and opening the Andrews Institute in 2007.
Today Baptist Health Care employees 6,500 and administers four hospitals, the Andrews Institute, a nursing home, two medical parks and the Lakeview Center network.