David Verinder, President and Chief Executive Officer
In July 2014, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board unanimously appointed David Verinder president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
David has overseen the development and successful launch of new medical services to enhance the community's access to high-quality health care. In 2015, Sarasota Memorial opened a Level II Trauma Center, earning state designation in July, 2016, after a rigorous year-long approval process. The health system also has launched an internal residency program with Florida State University's College of Medicine to address local physician shortages and enhance care for underserved community members.
During his tenure, Sarasota Memorial has earned national recognition for its quality and positive patient outcomes. In October, 2016, the federal government gave Sarasota Memorial an overall five-star rating — the highest available — for its safety and quality. The health system was one of only 2 percent of the nation's hospitals and the only facility in Florida to earn five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Sarasota Memorial was also one of a select group of hospitals nationwide to earn five stars in CMS' July, 2016 report. In August, 2016, Sarasota Memorial was one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to earn “high performing” ratings — the top score — in all nine inpatient surgical procedures and chronic conditions evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. The health system also was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for its organizational performance by Truven Health Analytics.
Before assuming the CEO role, David served as Sarasota Memorial’s chief operating officer since 2010, overseeing the health system’s operations and ambulatory strategy. He also was responsible for architecture and construction projects, including the completion in 2013 of a nine-story Courtyard Tower—the centerpiece of a $250 million campus improvement project—as well as several new outpatient centers. David joined Sarasota Memorial in 2006 as chief financial officer. As CFO, and continuing in his role as CEO, he successfully instituted significant financial and operational improvements, focusing on strategic growth opportunities, disciplined expense controls and improved financial results. He came to Sarasota Memorial from Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinic in Temple, Texas, where he served in senior leadership. David earned an MBA from Auburn University and a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
Lorrie Liang, Chief Operating Officer
Lorrie Liang joined Sarasota Memorial as chief operating officer in February 2015. Previously, she served as vice president of LifeBridge Health System/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland, a nonprofit health system providing a full continuum of care. A versatile senior executive with a proven track record for transforming vision into results, Lorrie has more than 25 years of experience in leading hospital operations, service lines, physician practice groups, graduate medical education and clinical research programs in academic and community health systems. She has been especially focused on improving population health through disease management and readmission reduction programs. Lorrie earned a Master of Health Services Administration degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Policy from University of Maryland.
William Woeltjen, Chief Financial Officer
William Woeltjen was named chief financial officer in November 2010. Previously, he served as the health system's treasurer. He is responsible for all financial matters related to the health care system, including overseeing financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, reimbursement, supply chain management, debt management and managed care contracting. He has worked with all levels of leadership to develop and implement financial strategies to help ensure the sustainability of the health system and its public mission. During his tenure, Sarasota Memorial has experienced strong operating margins, successful supply utilization and revenue cycle improvements. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate health care finance. Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s Finance department in 2007, William served as corporate treasurer and corporate chief financial officer for University Community Health in Tampa. A Certified Public Accountant, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Tulane University, and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and an MBA from University of South Florida.
R. Stephen Taylor, MD, MBA, Chief of Medical Operations
R. Stephen Taylor was appointed Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s chief of medical operations in May 2011. Dr. Taylor serves as a key member of the senior management team with administrative responsibility for the practice of medicine. He works with more than 750 medical staff members and serves as a liaison between the medical staff and administration to ensure the highest quality of medical practice. Before joining Sarasota Memorial, Dr. Taylor was chief medical officer at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and executive vice president and chief medical officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Taylor had a private Internal Medicine practice in the Florida panhandle for 18 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri, his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and an MBA from University of South Florida.
Connie Andersen, Chief Nursing Officer
Connie Andersen assumed the role of chief nursing officer in October 2016 and is responsible for the development, organization and management of patient care services, practices, policies and standards throughout the health system. A member of the hospital's leadership team since 1997, Connie previously served as associate chief nursing office and director of the hospital's critical care and progressive care departments. Before joining Sarasota Memorial, she served as assistant vice president of Nursing at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead, NY, where she started her career in nursing as an RN in the Intensive Care Unit. She also worked as a Critical Care RN at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, FL, and as Head Nurse for Critical Care/Telemetry/Open Heart Recovery at University Hospital in Augusta, GA. Connie received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Excelsior College and a master's degree in Labor Management from Stonybrook University, both in New York.
Pam Ramhofer, Chief Information Officer
Pam Ramhofer was named chief information officer in May 2015. She is responsible for all of the health system’s information technology initiatives, and oversees the Information Systems and Clinical and Business Systems departments as well as Physician IT Services and Telecommunications. Previously, Pam served as Sarasota Memorial’s director of Clinical and Business Systems, playing a leading role in the successful implementation and support of critical systems. In 2010, she received Sarasota Memorial’s “Leader of the Year” award, with nominations praising her as an exceptional director, communicator and team-builder. Pam worked for 12 years as an RN on the Cardiac Acute, Cardiac Sub-Acute and Intermediate Intensive Care units. She received her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Boston University, and Associate’s in Nursing from Manatee Community College.
Carol Ann Kalish, Esq., Chief Legal Officer
In July 2015, Carol Ann Kalish transitioned from her position as our chief legal counsel and shareholder at the Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen law firm to vice president and chief legal officer at Sarasota Memorial. She is a board-certified health care law specialist, and previously provided legal counsel to Sarasota Memorial for more than 20 years. Her practice has primarily focused on Florida and federal health laws relating to the business and practice of medicine, including licensure, regulation, credentialing, HIPAA and EMTALA compliance, and business relationships among and between health care providers. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law.