Raulerson Hospital July 11, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Brian Melear (RN) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raulerson Hospital. Melear was named the Interim CEO in May of this year and now assumes the role of CEO at the full-service hospital that serves Okeechobee, Florida.

Melear began his career with HCA East Florida at Raulerson Hospital in 1999 as a registered nurse and advanced to the position of Director of Surgical Services in 2002. Melear served as Raulerson Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer since 2005.

As CEO of Raulerson Hospital, Melear will oversee the operation of the 100 bed facility, which has more than 5,000 admissions per year and nearly 30,000 emergency room visit annually. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of hospital administration with a strong focus on business development, clinical operations and fiscal accountability.

“Brian has worked collaboratively with various levels of HCA leadership and brings an in-depth knowledge of experience in healthcare operations to the role of Chief Executive Officer,” said Michael G. Joseph, HCA East Florida Division President. “During his tenure as Chief Nursing Officer, Raulerson Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for five years in a row, one of only 117 facilities nationwide with this distinction.”

Raulerson Hospital is a facility of HCA East Florida. HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, imaging centers and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,000 employees and has nearly 7,000 physicians on staff. For more information, visit HCAEastFlorida.com.