HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division has announced the appointment of Alan Keesee as chief executive officer (CEO) of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, effective on January 1, 2023.
In this new role, which includes responsibility for HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, Keesee will oversee the combined 545-bed acute care hospitals in Ocala. He most recently served as the CEO at HCA Florida Capital Hospital, a 288-bed facility with over 1,400 employees and 500 providers.
“Alan is a dedicated and engaged healthcare leader of integrity who has served in multiple leadership roles with HCA Healthcare during his more than 15 years with the company,” said Richard Hammett, HCA Healthcare North Florida Division president.
“Under Alan’s leadership, HCA Florida Capital Hospital has seen tremendous achievement and growth. I am confident he and the team at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital will continue on a path of success and remain steadfast in our dedication to caring like family for our colleagues, patients, and communities in North Central Florida,” added Hammett.
During Keesee’s tenure, HCA Florida Capital Hospital expanded access to emergency care and critical healthcare services in Tallahassee and the surrounding communities through the establishment of two additional freestanding emergency rooms, a 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation center, and a 10-bed NICU, according to HCA Healthcare.
Keesee’s team also launched two graduate medical education programs (psychiatry and dermatology), expanded outpatient mental health and wellness center services, performed the hospital’s first TAVR procedure, and became a thrombectomy-capable facility.
HCA Capital Hospital has received six ‘A’ safety ratings by Leapfrog, as well as dozens of Healthgrades recognitions including America’s Best 100 for Joint & Orthopedic Surgery and Patient Safety and Surgical Care Excellence Awards, according to HCA Healthcare.
Prior to joining HCA Florida Capital Hospital, Keesee served as CEO at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also previously served as CEO at HCA Florida Capital Hospital, as well as associate CEO at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
“I look forward to working with the talented team at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital as we continue to grow our services and attract and retain the best talent to serve the changing healthcare needs of our communities,” said Keesee.
“Our healthcare professionals here in North Central Florida have cared for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families, creating healthier tomorrows with each healing moment,” added Keesee. “It is truly an honor to be a part of the HCA Florida Healthcare family and I look forward to what our teams will accomplish together at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital.”
Keesee obtained his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he recently served as the Alumni Association President, and his bachelor of economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was the 2019 recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.
To learn more about HCA Florida Healthcare, which includes over 570 affiliated sites of care across the state including HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (1431 SW 1st Avenue in Ocala) and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala), visit the HCA Florida Healthcare website.