North Florida CEO announces October retirement


Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

North Florida Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ward Boston will retire in October after nearly six years at the helm of the hospital.

Boston, 61, started in December 2008. His tenure has included a $100 million expansion and increasing the hospital’s number of beds from 325 to 432. North Florida’s quality of care was also recognized for three consecutive years by a nonprofit accreditation organization, the Joint Commission.

Asked the hospital’s greatest accomplishment during his tenure, Boston said it was the collaboration between hospital staff, doctors and medical personnel and volunteers to provide good patient care.

Boston said that, after decades in multiple highly demanding health care posts, his goal was always to “work hard enough to be able to (retire).”

Before taking the post in Gainesville, Boston was CEO at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in St. Petersburg. That hospital has the same parent company, HCA, as NFRMC.

“During Ward’s tenure, North Florida Regional Medical Center has achieved key milestones and accomplishments. We truly appreciate all he has done, and he has our sincere thanks and gratitude,” Michael P. Joyce, president of HCA’s North Florida Division, said in a press release.

In addition to NFRMC and Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Boston was previously CEO at multiple other hospitals, including Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans and Fawcett Memorial in Port Charlotte.

After his retirement as CEO, he will remain as a consultant through April 2015.

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