December 6, 2021 – Palms West Hospital is proud to announce that Michael Barbera, Vice President of Operations, has been named Executive Development Program Associate of the Year for HCA Healthcare. Barbera was nominated by his peers for his commitment to the program and for modeling attributes desired of an HCA Healthcare Executive.  He received the most peer nominations of anyone in his class.

“I cannot come up with the words to describe how absolutely honored I feel to have been nominated for this award, let alone the opportunity to apply for such an amazing program in the first place,” said Barbera. “I would not have been able to be so involved without the amazing executive team I have the privilege to work with daily at Palms West.”

The Executive Development Program (EDP) prepares leaders for hospital executive roles. The program includes up to 50 participants to expand the pipeline and accelerate the readiness of potential CFOs, CNOs, and COOs. The curriculum is designed to provide a wide variety of opportunities for participants to network, gain necessary experiences, and increase their exposure to other facilities and divisions. Participants are selected based on their ability to potentially fill one these roles successfully.   

Barbera has been the Vice President of Operations at Palms West Hospital since September 2021. Before his promotion, he held several other roles at the hospital including, Interim Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Adult Critical Care Services, Interim Director of Emergency Services and House Supervisor.

“Our community benefits from leaders like Michael,” said Sheila Sanders, Chief Nursing Officer at Palms West Hospital. “He raises the bar for everyone he works with and as a result, our patients receive excellent, quality care.  That’s important to us and to HCA Healthcare, and it’s obviously important to Michael, too. We are grateful for his passion and dedication.”

HCA Healthcare provides a variety of programs designed to help build leaders who embrace their culture and lead the industry.

About Palms West Hospital

Serving Palm Beach County for over 34 years, Palms West Hospital is a 200-bed full-service acute care hospital accredited by the Children’s Oncology Group. Specializing in emergency services, dedicated pediatric emergency services, pediatric services, concussion testing and treatment, pediatric oncology services, pediatric intensive care services, orthopedic and spine care services, maternity, Level II neonatal services and minimally invasive and robotic surgery, we provide high quality, exceptional patient care to Loxahatchee residents and the surrounding communities. We have been recognized by Healthgrades ™ in the top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery and named among its 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery.  Within minutes from the Florida Turnpike, the Hospital’s 24-hour Adult and Pediatric Emergency Rooms and the Children’s Hospital at Palms West provide specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages. For more information on Palms West Hospital, visit, follow us on Twitter @PalmsWHospital and