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. The regional medical center consists of an 819-bed hospital, physician practices and a network of specialized medical campuses and clinics that include a nursing and rehabilitation center, a psychiatric hospital and urgent care and outpatient centers. The only public hospital in the Southwest Florida region, Sarasota Memorial has nearly 4,000 staff, 1,000 volunteers and 800 physicians. It is one of the largest acute-care public hospitals in the nation and among the largest employers in the region.
Before assuming the CEO role, Verinder had served as Sarasota Memorial’s Chief Operating Officer since 2010, overseeing the health system’s operations and ambulatory strategy. He also was responsible for the organization’s 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.
Verinder joined Sarasota Memorial in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, he successfully instituted significant financial and operational improvements, focusing on strategic growth opportunities, disciplined expense controls and improved financial results.
Verinder came to Sarasota Memorial from Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinic in Temple, Texas, where he served in senior leadership. Verinder received his Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University and his Bachelor of Science 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, Md., a nonprofit health system providing the full continuum of care through two acute-care hospitals, a chronic care/sub-acute hospital, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab facility, children's hospital, express care centers and a network of physicians, home care and hospice services. Sinai Hospital, one of the largest community teaching hospitals in Maryland, is a level 2 trauma center with 504 beds, 4,600 employees and an 1,100-member medical staff.
A versatile senior executive with a proven track record for transforming vision into results, Liang 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.
Liang received her Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and Policy from the University of Maryland.
William Woeltjen, Chief Financial Officer
William Woeltjen was named Chief Financial Officer in November, 2010. Previously, he served as interim CFO and Treasurer for the health system.
As Chief Financial Officer, Woeltjen is responsible for all financial matters related to the health care system, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, reimbursement, debt management and managed care contracting. He has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate health care finance. Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s Finance Department in 2007, Woeltjen, a Certified Public Accountant, served as corporate treasurer and as corporate chief financial officer for University Community Health in Tampa. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
R. Stephen Taylor, MD, MBA, Chief of Medical Operations
R. Stephen Taylor, M.D., M.B.A., was appointed Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Chief of Medical Operations on May 2, 2011.
As Chief of Medical Operations, Dr. Taylor serves as a key member of the senior management team with administrative responsibility for the practice of medicine. He will work with our more than 750 medical staff members and serve 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 the Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Taylor had a private Internal Medicine practice in the Florida panhandle for 18 years. Dr. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Drury College, Springfield, Mo., his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., and an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Jan Mauck, RN, CNOR, Chief Nursing Officer
Jan Mauck joined Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in 1975 as an RN on the Orthopedic Nursing Unit. In 1982 she became the Director of Surgical Services and, in 1999, she was promoted to Executive Director of the Diagnostic & Procedural Division. Prior to her appointment as CNO in 2003, Mauck was Vice President of Heart and Vascular Services. Today, she is responsible for consistency in nursing practice and policy, as well as the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, budgets and services to assure quality and cost-effective care along the continuum. She oversees a nursing organization of over 1,200 staff positions. Mauck received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Murray State University in 1975 and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Saint Francis College in 1997.
Pam Ramhofer, Chief Information Officer
Pam Ramhofer was named chief information officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 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, Ramhofer served as Sarasota Memorial's director of Clinical and Business Systems, playing a leading role in the successful implementation and support of critical systems throughout SMHCS. In 2010, she received Sarasota Memorial’s “Leader of the Year” Award, with nominations praising her as an exceptional director, communicator and team-builder.
Before serving for 16 years on Sarasota Memorial's IT team, Ramhofer worked for 12 years as an RN on the Cardiac Acute, Cardiac Sub-Acute and Intermediate Intensive Care units. She received her master's in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, bachelor of arts in Anthropology from Boston University and associate degree 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. Kalish is a board-certified health care law specialist, and had previously provided legal counsel to Sarasota Memorial for over 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.
Kalish received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law.
Along with other community activities she is interim co-chair for The Center for Building Hope, a Sarasota non-profit providing cancer education and counseling to patients and their families