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Morton Plant North Bay executive hired away by Jupiter hospital

NEW PORT RICHEY — When officials at the 283-bed Jupiter Medical Center went looking for a new leader, they considered 25 executives from all over the United States. In the end, board members tapped John Couris, chief operating officer of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, who guided the nonprofit health care company through a huge expansion.

Couris, 42, will take the reins in mid June, the South Florida hospital board announced in a news release.

He brings 17 years of health care leadership experience to his new role, including seven years at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"John Couris' experience and accomplishments are a very good fit with JMC as we look to the future," said Barrie Godown, chairman of the Jupiter hospital's board of trustees. "He has led a hospital expansion program, developed strategic growth opportunities, and has tremendous knowledge and a track record in growing and operating a large outpatient services network."

"The opportunity to join Jupiter Medical Center is a real privilege," Couris said. "JMC is known for its clinical excellence and its commitment as the community's not-for-profit health care provider. Building on this culture, I look forward to my role, working with the board, hospital employees and physicians to position JMC for a successful future."

Couris joined the nonprofit Morton Plant Mease Health Care in 2000 as vice president of ambulatory care and medical imaging for the Tampa Bay area and in 2006 became administrator of the 122-bed hospital in New Port Richey. During his tenure, he oversaw a $49 million expansion that doubled the size of the campus.

Hospital officials credited his leadership with dramatic improvements in profitability, development of several successful joint ventures, improved patient satisfaction scores, and development of new ambulatory facilities throughout the Tampa Bay market. Before moving to Tampa, Couris held several executive positions at Massachusetts General.

A North Bay spokesman said leaders have not selected Couris' replacement.

He is an active community member. In the Tampa area, Couris served on the board of directors of the Susan Komen Foundation — Florida Sun Coast, the board of Gulfside Regional Hospice and the foundation board of Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Jupiter Medical is affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and is in the middle of a major, multiyear growth plan that includes a heart and vascular center.

Morton Plant North Bay executive hired away by Jupiter hospital 05/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 10:20pm]
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