Shands at AGH to get new administrator

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 11:23 p.m.
Shands at AGH will have a new administrator beginning in June, officials with Shands HealthCare announced Friday.
Francis A. Pommett Jr., who goes by Frank, will lead operations at the community-based hospital.
Pommett comes to Gainesville from Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, Md., a 248-bed, not-for-profit hospital similar in size and mission to Shands at AGH.
Pommett has been executive director of Sacred Heart Hospital since 1999, where he is credited with adding $15 million in new revenue through development of the cardiac surgery and angioplasty services.
Shands CEO Tim Goldfarb said it is important to note that Pommett also served as assistant director for clinical affairs at the University of Maryland Hospital. Like Shands at the University of Florida, the University Medical Center includes a trauma center, cancer center and transplant program.
"He is well experienced with working with community physicians, but he has also worked with the University of Maryland, so he knows what drives the mission of an academic health center," Goldfarb added.
Family and community medicine is a key part of Shands at AGH, and any administrator has to understand both community and faculty physicians, the CEO said.
"I think Frank has demonstrated his ability to listen to and champion physicians," Goldfarb said. "I would call him a 'physician's administrator' who looks to improve the hospital experience for the physician as well as the patient."
Pommett holds a bachelor's degree from Niagara University and a master's degree in hospital administration from Baylor University.
Charles Van Sluyter has served as interim administrator for Shands at AGH since 2004. He was brought in as a consultant for Cambio Health Solutions Inc., and charged with helping to stabilize the hospital's financial condition.
Goldfarb said Pommett is seen as a permanent addition, someone who will shepherd AGH "for the foreseeable future."

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