CLEARWATER — BayCare Health System's top leader announced Wednesday that he will retire in mid 2016.
Steve Mason, BayCare's chief executive officer and president, has served at the helm of the Tampa Bay area's largest hospital group since 2004. The not-for-profit system's board of trustees has named chief operating officer Tommy Inzina, 56, as Mason's successor. Inzina will assume the role of BayCare president on Jan. 1, while Mason, 66, retains responsibility for the overall organization as CEO until mid 2016.
The goal is a smooth transition for Inzina after a year of planning and mentorship, Mason said.
"We thought it was important to tell the community in advance that we're going to use 2015 as a transition year," he said.
Mason, who will be 68 when he steps down, said he started talking with board members a couple of years ago, giving them time to plan for his departure.
Mason shepherded the system through the initial years of the Affordable Care Act and the transition from paper to electronic medical records. Under his leadership, primary care services expanded, new hospitals were built, BayCare Physician Partners was developed and Winter Haven Hospital was acquired.
Inzina is a certified public accountant and executive with more than 30 years of experience. The BayCare news release attributes BayCare's upgraded credit rating and strategic plan to Inzina's leadership.
BayCare board chairman William Tapp said the board's executive committee initially considered a search process but realized their preferred candidate was already on the roster. "It became very clear to us Tommy was the right choice," he said.
BayCare's hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Hospital-South (opening in January), St. Joseph's Women's, South Florida Baptist and Winter Haven Hospital.
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