Daniel Bender has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for South Bay Hospital after successfully serving as Interim CEO over the past several months. Dan held the Chief Operating Officer and Ethics and Compliance Officer roles for South Bay Hospital since June 2015.

“Dan is a strategic healthcare leader with a strong record of accomplishments in healthcare management, operations, and employee engagement,” said Ravi Chari, MD, President of HCA West Florida. “Under Dan’s leadership, South Bay has significantly enhanced patient care services for Sun City Center and surrounding communities.  He successfully oversaw construction of the $30 Million Patient Tower and a new Diagnostic Outpatient Imaging Center.”

Dan began his career with HCA in 1997 at Ocala Regional Medical Center where he spent two summers as a Volunteer and then worked as a Pharmacy Technician.  After completing his education, he returned to Ocala Regional in January 2012 as the Assistant Administrator, working his way up to Associate Administrator and Assistant Ethics and Compliance Officer, prior to joining South Bay Hospital.

Dan holds a Juris Doctor from Florida Costal School of Law, a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of North Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and a second Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Human Resources Management from Florida State University.  Dan is actively engaged in the community, currently serving as a member of the Kiwanis of South Shore, an East Bay High School Key Club Advisor, and his most recent appointment to the Board of Directors, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce.

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