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Friday, January 6, 2023

HCA Florida Healthcare announces new Chief Medical Officer for HCA Florida Ocala, West Marion Hospitals

HCA Florida Healthcare announced today that Kevin Klauer has been appointed as chief medical officer (CMO) for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, effective on Monday, January 9.

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, FACOEP will also serve as CMO for three free-standing emergency rooms, HCA Florida Ocala Primary Care offices, an imaging center, and a wound care center.

HCA Florida Ocala West Marion Hospitals announce new Chief Medical Officer
Kevin Klauer is the new chief medical officer for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (Photo: HCA Florida Ocala Hospital)

Dr. Klauer comes to Marion County from the American Osteopathic Association, where he served as chief executive officer (CEO) for the past two years.

“This hospital system has a reputation in the community of excellent patient care, and that starts with best-in-class health providers,” said Alan Keesee, CEO of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital. “I have confidence Dr. Klauer’s commitment to excellence will offer key quality oversight for our healthcare teams and patients.”

Prior to joining HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, Dr. Klauer served as the CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which represents more than 178,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and medical students throughout the United States.

In this position, Dr. Klauer led strategy, operations, organizational growth, and advocacy for the osteopathic profession. Dr. Klauer previously served as chief medical officer for hospital-based services, and as chief risk officer and executive director of the patient safety organization at TeamHealth, a leading clinician services organization.

Dr. Klauer also served as a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Prior to his arrival at TeamHealth in January of 2015, Dr. Klauer spent 15 years with Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd. (EMP), where he served in many capacities, including enterprise chief medical officer. He was also a member of the board of directors for Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group and the EMP Medical Group board of directors.

Dr. Klauer earned his DO degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained in Emergency Medicine at LSU Charity Hospital New Orleans. He also holds an Executive JD, with honors, from Concord Law School.

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.