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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Apr. 20, 202103:49 PM EST

Baptist Health CEO search to start ‘right away’

President and CEO Brett McClung announced he would resign effective May 1.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

The search for a new leader of Baptist Health “will begin right away,” a spokesperson said April 20, a day after the April 19 announcement that President and CEO Brett McClung would resign effective May 1 less than two years into the job.

The board, chaired by Richard Sisisky, will lead the search.

Baptist Health Jacksonville hospital President Michael Mayo will assume the role of interim CEO while continuing to serve in his current role.

“We are fortunate to have Michael Mayo and the rest of our outstanding leadership team to preserve continuity and positive momentum on key strategic initiatives during this transition,” the April 19 statement read. 

McClung joined Baptist Health in July 2019, succeeding Hugh Greene who served as CEO for 19 years.  

“This was a difficult decision that I reached after much reflection,” McClung said in a news release. 

“It has been a privilege working with what I consider to be the best health care team in northeast Florida and I am proud of all we have accomplished together. Baptist Health has always been financially and reputationally strong, and I know they will continue to be this community’s health care leader.”

McClung did not say why he resigned or what he will do next. 

Greene announced his retirement in September 2018. McClung was announced as his replacement in April 2019, about seven months later.

“On behalf of the Board, we thank Brett for his service and accomplishments during his tenure as CEO. We are grateful for his leadership and we wish Brett and his family the very best,” Sisisky said in the April 19 release.

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