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G. Mark O'Bryant, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc.

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Company: Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc.
Company Description: FOUNDED IN 1948, TMH, a 770-bed acute care hospital is THE LARGEST PRIVATE EMPLOYER IN THE REGION,specializing in heart& vascular,cancer,medicine, orthopedics,neurology,women’s and children’s health,behavioral health, surgery and emergency medicine, TMH EMPLOYS over3,500 PROFESSIONALS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING WORLD CLASS HEALTHCARE TO THE BIG BEND REGION OF FLORIDA.
Nomination Category: Management Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Health Products & Services

Nomination Title: G. Mark O'Bryant, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Tell the story about what this nominee achieved since January 1 2010 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

        Under the leadership of G. Mark O’Bryant, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc.
has been continually recognized for clinical excellence, strong operational
performance and high patient and employee satisfaction.  Focusing on employee
satisfaction, work/life balance, organizational culture, operating
efficiencies, revenue stream, supply chain management and payer relationships,
the organization has achieved a reversal of several consecutive years of
debilitating losses (-6.8% operating margin in FY03 to 7.98 operating
margin in FY10) and realized significant improvement in days of cash (28 days
of cash in FY03 to our current 110 days of cash). With these improvements came
upgrades in our bond ratings.

        He has strengthened the organization's culture via the creation and
implementation of  a vision and Values statements, enhanced communication
tools, leadership visibility & accessibility, performance transparency and
engagement programs. Results are evidenced by improved colleague satisfaction
scores, being named 100 Best Places to Work in healthcare Award 2008, 2009
Florida Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award; 2010 National Psychologically
Healthy Workplace Award and the 2010 Stevie Award for Best HR Team.  TMH is a
FUN place to work!  We were nationally recognized in October 2010 and selected
to perform the "Pink Glove Dance" to enhance awareness of Breast Cancer.

        Recent honors received , include the Thompson Ruters Healthcare Advantage
Awards for improving quality; Thompson Ruters 100 top hospitals Performance
Improvement Leader; Stroke Center Accreditation; Chest Pain Center
Accreditation; Accredited with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer; organ donation Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of
hHealth and Human Services and several others.

        Mr. O’Bryant has fortified TMH’s position in regional referral markets through
cooperative coverage strategies with aligned physician groups, and the
enhancement of connectivity with rural health facilities through federal grant
funding and he was instrumental in garnering management agreements with Florida
rural hospitals.

        He has strengthened the relationship with local clinical training programs and
enhanced local training opportunities for medical professionals via the
enhancement redesign of the on site Family practice residency program, and the
addition of a new clinical training program - a residency for Internal Medicine
physicians, whileand developinged a state of the art on site campus which will
house training programs in multiple clinical disciplines in collaboration with
multiple academic institutions..

        The state of the hospital at the time of his arrival in 2003 was abysmal - The
community, staff and physicians had lost faith in the organization, finances
were at all time lows and in general, the future was bleak.  At the time of his
interviews with the Board and others within the organization, this young man
saw promise through all of the negatives and stated, "TMH is a diamond in the
rough." Upon his arrival at TMH, he immediately began to "polish" the diamond.

        Because of Mark O’Bryant’s leadership,we now stand as a proud example of one of
the premier healthcare systems in the Nation, being so recognized by President
Barak Obama at his AMA address, wherein he specifically mentioned Tallahassee
Memorial HealthCare's success stating "... these(hospitals) are islands of
excellence that we need to make the standard in our health care system.”

    List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:
/aba/tallahassee-memorial-healthcare  - ...  

    Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the nominee:

        G. Mark O’Bryant became President and Chief Executive Officer of Tallahassee
Memorial HealthCare, Inc., in July, 2003.

        Since arriving at the 770 bed, 3,500 employee hospital, O’Bryant has focused on
operational, financial and strategic improvements centered on evidence-based
quality initiatives; creating service lines, instituting measurement tools and
partnering with physicians, resulting in substantial gains in quality and

        Mr. O’Bryant, a Diplomat in the American College of Health Care Executives, is
active/holds office in numerous civic, charitable and industry specific
organizations.  He received his Master of Health Administration and Master of
Business Administration degrees from Georgia State University.