South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday June 26, 2019

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4




Homecoming: Jeff Welch Returns to Florida as New CEO of Florida Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare’s Miami-Dade Group

Jeffrey M. Welch was recently appointed as chief executive officer of Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Tenet’s Miami-Dade Group, which consists of a network of five hospitals: Coral Gables Hospital, Florida Medical Center, Hialeah Hospital, North Shore Medical Center and Palmetto General Hospital. Welch will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at FMC, and provide oversight and leadership for the other hospitals in the Miami-Dade Group.

“It’s a great community facility and it has a family atmosphere,” says Welch. “Many of the staff and clinicians have been here for years—some for as long as 40 years.”
Prior to his appointment to Florida Medical Center, Welch was CEO at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts as well as Tenet’s South Carolina-Massachusetts Group. In this role, he was responsible for Tenet hospitals in the northeast division, including Natick, Mass.-based MetroWest Medical Center's Leonard Morse Hospital, MetroWest Medical Center's Framingham (Mass.) Union Hospital and Worcester, Mass.-based St. Vincent Hospital.
Welch was also the CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Coral Gables Hospital. Under his leadership at Coral Gables, the hospital received the highest ratings within Tenet for employee and physician satisfaction. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Coral Gables Hospital, Welch served as chief operating officer at Delray Medical Center.
“At every health system I have been with, I left with greater understanding and better knowledge,” says Welch. “It has benefited me both personally and professionally. I like to think I left them in better shape than when I first arrived. Personally for me, it’s also a great feeling to know that I can go back to each hospital and be welcomed. That’s what is most important to me.”
Welch says that he is honored and thrilled to be back in Florida and back with people he has worked with as well as some great mentors.
“It’s a great honor and I’m proud to be part of the Tenet team in Florida,” he says. “It was exciting and humbling to be asked to come back to South Florida in this role. I love the area and I love the people here. The opportunity to work at Florida Medical Center and to be part of these five hospitals is wonderful. We have great physicians and a great staff who all provide incredible care. I’m honored and privileged to be part of a great team here.”
Welch was born in Toledo, OH, and was one of 10 children. He grew up in Chicago and moved to New Jersey when he was 14. He lived there until coming to South Florida in 2008. As a graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville, NJ, Welch earned a Bachelor of Science at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, in 1979, and completed a Master’s program in Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University.
Coming to Florida nearly a decade ago made a big difference in his career, according to Welch.
“Working for Tenet was a turning point for me. I had to leave my comfort zone and move down to Florida,” he says. “I didn’t know anybody and didn’t know the healthcare environment here. But Tenet is a great organization. I got to meet many interesting people and all of the Tenet CEOs were great mentors.”
One strength that Welch believes he brings to the job is his energy and passion.
“At Florida Medical Center, we provide outstanding quality, and I act as a conduit to provide support to the team to hopefully move things along and drive the quality even further,” he says. “The ability to impact people’s lives on a daily basis is a pretty cool responsibility and opportunity.”
At FMC, its mission is to help people live happier and healthier lives. Welch says that is where his focus will be.
“I want to be able to continue the great work from past administrations and to continue along that journey to fulfill that mission,” he says. “We look and strive for the best quality and the highest safety only to exceed our patients’ expectations. We have great physicians here who trust us with their patients. I hope to give the team the support they need to continue and carry out that mission.”

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