Zephyrhills hospital CEO leaves post

ZEPHYRHILLS — Florida Hospital Zephyrhills chief executive officer Doug Duffield, who steered the hospital during expansions that included a new breast center and a remodeled emergency department, is resigning to take a similar job at San Joaquin Community Hospital, a 255-bed hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Like the Zephyrhills hospital, it also is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

"Decisions like this are extremely hard, but having grown up on the West Coast it is important to be close to family, especially with aging parents," said Duffield, 43, who worked at the hospital since 2010.

Under Duffield's leadership, the 139-bed hospital earned certification as a stroke center and has added specialized brain and spine care.

Board members have already begun a search to replace Duffield, who leaves in mid July.

Zephyrhills hospital CEO leaves post 06/26/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:56pm]

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