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Jax Daily Record Friday, Mar. 5, 202111:08 AM EST

Baptist Chief Medical Officer joins Flagler Health+

Dr. Miguel Machado plans to retire from the St. Augustine medical system in September.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Baptist Health Chief Medical and Quality Officer Dr. David Rice is joining Flagler Health+ as executive vice president and chief physician executive, the St. Augustine-based health system said March 4.

Flagler Health+ EVP and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Miguel Machado plans to retire in September. The two will work together until then. 

“I am honored to join the Flagler Health+ family and look forward to partnering with the Board, health system leadership, team members, physicians and our community to continue the mission of the organization,” Rice said in a news release. 

“Flagler Health+ has a long and storied reputation of clinical excellence, the provision of high quality care, and the focus on people necessary to succeed in healthcare today.”

Rice will oversee clinical quality, patient safety, performance improvement, infection prevention and medical affairs, the release said. 

He has more than a decade of executive experience. He also has served as chief quality officer of Coastal Community Health and as chief medical officer of Baptist Physician Partners.

“Dr. Rice is an accomplished, creative and dedicated physician and healthcare executive with distinguished academic and professional background,” Flagler Health+ President and CEO Jason Barrett said in the release. 

“He brings expertise, experience and interpersonal skills to this role that are key to our continued success as we deploy a very aggressive growth strategy and our vision to advance physical, social and economic health for the communities we serve.”

Rice graduated from the University of Florida medical school and received a master’s in health care leadership from Brown University. 


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