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June 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 12


Florida Medical Center Names New Chief Operating Officer

April 19, 2021 – Florida Medical Center appoints Michael La Coste to the position of chief operating officer.  He will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Florida Medical Center.
“We are very excited to have Michael as the new chief operating officer at Florida Medical Center,” said CEO of Tenet’s Miami Dade and Broward Hospitals, Jeffrey M. Welch. “Michael has extensive knowledge of hospital service lines and will be a positive addition to Florida Medical Center.”  
Prior to his appointment to Florida Medical Center, La Coste was the chief operating officer at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas and chief operating officer at Doctors Hospital of Laredo (Texas).  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a former U.S. Army officer and a decorated combat veteran of Iraq and Kosovo.
La Coste earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in Houston, Texas.  He also earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
About Florida Medical Center – a campus of North Shore 
Florida Medical Center – a campus of North Shore is a 459-bed acute care hospital, owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Serving its communities since 1973, Florida Medical Center is a long-standing leader in cardiovascular care and home to The Heart Institute of Florida, a center for cardiac services and accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.  Florida Medical Center was the first hospital in Broward County to perform open heart surgery. Florida Medical Center offers a broad range of medical and surgical services including: neurology and neurosurgery, a comprehensive orthopedics program, urology, psychiatry, gynecology, diagnostic imaging, pain center, wound care, diabetes education and 24-hour emergency services. The hospital has been granted numerous awards and was the first in South Florida to receive recognition as a Center of Excellence for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and Robotic Surgery, as recognized by the Surgical Review Corporation. Florida Medical Center has been a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.  For more information, resources and to follow us on social media, please visit
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