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June 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 12

Drew Grossman Named CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital

In February, Drew Grossman, former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO, was named Chief Executive Officer of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital, both part of Baptist Health South Florida.

Grossman, who also previously served as CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, was excited at the prospect of returning to Florida and joining the Baptist Health team.
“Baptist Health South Florida has always been ranked as one of the best companies to work for in the country, not just in the state of Florida, but in the country,” he says. “They are recognized by Forbes Magazine, not only as one the top 100 companies, but health care companies alone. When I worked at Broward Health, I was also well aware of its reputation. When this opportunity came about, I was at a point in my career where I thought why not go work for a great company like Baptist Health?”
Grossman earned a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC. After completing his administrative residency at Parkway Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Grossman moved to Southern California to serve as Assistant Administrator at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, an acute care hospital serving Los Angeles and the South Bay regions. He returned to Florida in 2002 serving in leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic in Weston and Parkway Medical Center in North Miami Beach. Grossman then joined Broward Health as CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital.
His leadership philosophy is simple: do everything right from start to finish.
“The moment a patient pulls up to your main entrance road, the place should look good," Grossman says. “Once you get through the registration process and are greeted by wonderful people, patients should feel special, so when they leave, they say, ‘that’s my hospital, that's where I want to go.’ That's the bottom line. If you don’t do it right from start to finish, and you have a mistake along the way, patients will remember the negative things.”
One of his first priorities is getting Fishermen’s Community Hospital open and operational by June 7. Fishermen’s, which has been caring for the Florida Keys since 1962, was closed in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma swept through the area. Within days, Baptist Health established a mobile field hospital and then a custom-designed modular hospital to ensure no interruption of care to the Middle Keys community.
“Our primary focus is on patient experience and quality care, because that will always separate you from the competition,” says Grossman. “In addition, we want to focus on building relationships with the staff and ensure we have fruitful conversations and periodic meetings with them.”
The hospital will be built to Category 5 Hurricane standards with emergency backup generators. The ground on which the hospital sits has also been raised to an elevation of more than 11 feet, which exceeds the building code requirements. The tilt-up walls of the structure are reinforced concrete, and the roof will also be concrete.
“All of the housing of the HVAC equipment, generators and chillers are compartmentalized,” says Grossman. “It's within a housing area in the back part of the hospital so it's not exposed to outside elements. The walls surrounding this area are also poured concrete.”
In the event of a loss of power, the building will be outfitted with dual emergency generators.
“We have enough fuel that can last for several days on generators and enough water to last until help arrives,” adds Grossman. “The hospital will be safe.”
The new hospital will include:
• 8 inpatient beds including two intensive care beds with 24/7 monitoring
• 9 Emergency Department beds
• 5 additional recovery beds
• 24/7 emergency services
• Advanced diagnostic and imaging services; inpatient and intensive care, rehabilitation, and laboratory services. Additional services, including oncology care, surgery and endoscopy, will be available at a later date.
• Patient support services including admitting, patient registration, kitchen and dining; a chapel; and an on-site helipad
“Most importantly, patients will continue to receive compassionate, quality care,” says Grossman. “Our staff has been great throughout the entire transition, going from tents to the modular facility they've been in the last few years. We are extremely proud and grateful to them for their resiliency and commitment to caring for this community.”

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