Sarasota Memorial Administrators
David Verinder, President & CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
David Verinder has served as president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System since 2014. The health system provides the region’s greatest breadth and depth of care and has more than 1 million patient visits a year.
Sarasota Memorial has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best health systems, with superior patient outcomes and a comprehensive continuum of care. With more than 10,000 staff, it is Sarasota County’s largest employer.
Throughout his tenure, David has overseen the successful launch of new medical services and facilities to improve the community's access to high-quality care. In November of 2021, David led the most significant expansion in the organization’s nearly century of service, with the opening of a new hospital in Venice and the completion of a state-of-the-art Oncology Tower on the Sarasota campus. The two facilities and other upgrades have increased system-wide capacity to 1,007 beds, allowing the health system to better respond to evolving patient needs prompted by the growth of our community.
David also was responsible for the opening of Sarasota County’s only Trauma Center, an advanced Rehabilitation Pavilion, and most recently, the Cornell Behavioral Health Pavilion, which provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services to patients of all ages. He is currently overseeing the construction of a new Outpatient Cancer Pavilion and Research and Education Institute on the Sarasota campus, and the development of new medical campuses in North Port. He also established physician residency and fellowship training programs in partnership with Florida State University to help attract physicians to the community and fill gaps in care.
David first joined Sarasota Memorial in 2006 as chief financial officer, and later served as chief operating officer before being named CEO. Previously, he served in senior leadership at Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinic in Temple, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Auburn University.
Florida Trend magazine has included David on its list of Florida's 500 most influential business leaders for the past several years. He has served in community leadership roles and on numerous boards, including as past chairman of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.
Jeff Limbocker, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Limbocker joined Sarasota Memorial as the health system’s chief financial officer in October, 2022. A health care executive with more than 20 years of financial leadership, Jeff previously worked in leadership roles with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. He served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the not-for-profit, multi-hospital system for the past three years. Before that, he was regional CFO for the health system's Baton Rouge market and Lady of the Lake Medical Center. Jeff’s expertise and experience encompass financial management of safety-net programs for the uninsured and medically underserved, developing and testing innovations in research and graduate medical education, forming joint ventures and public partnerships, and overseeing myriad fiscal responsibilities involved in managing revenue cycle, supply chains, insurance contracts and other day-to-day functions of a mission-based, multi-hospital system. Jeff earned a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University, where he later completed a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
James Fiorica, MD, Chief Medical Officer
James Fiorica, MD, was named chief medical officer in September 2017. He serves as the liaison between hospital administration and the 900-plus members of Sarasota Memorial's medical staff and oversees strategies to improve quality, population health and patient safety. Previously, Dr. Fiorica served as Sarasota Memorial's associate chief medical officer. In 2014-15, he was chosen as the organization's chief of staff. Board-certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Fiorica is director of the hospital's Women’s Cancer Specialty Program, working with physicians throughout the region to ensure that patients have access to the most successful treatments available. He has been at the forefront of the hospital's robotic surgery program for gynecological cancer patients and led innovative research trials. Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group in 2005, Dr. Fiorica was the program leader of the Gynecology Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Dr. Fiorica received his medical degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts and completed his residency and fellowship programs at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine.
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.
Sharon Roush, President, Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Venice Campus
Sharon Roush was named president of Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice in June 2018. Before SMH-Venice opened its doors in Fall 2021, Sharon oversaw the facility's design, construction and operations. Prior to taking the helm at SMH-Venice, she served as chief executive officer of the 138-bed South Bay Hospital in Sun City, Fl., for nearly 10 years. Before that, she served as CEO for two other hospitals in Florida: Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee and Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach. Over the course of her career, Sharon has successfully led the development and design of a replacement hospital, implemented strategies that resulted in a hospital’s substantial turnaround and expanded multiple service lines. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., and received her Masters of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.
Jack Rodman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of First Physicians Group
In 2009, Jack Rodman, MD, was named the top medical officer of First Physicians Group, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s multi-specialty physician practice group. First Physicians Group includes primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice providers practicing in 32 specialties, filling gaps in health care throughout the region. Dr. Rodman is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine and Pediatric physician who joined Sarasota Memorial in 1997. He received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Vanderbilt University and earned a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Frank Morgan, Vice President of Ambulatory Services
Frank Morgan was appointed vice president of Ambulatory Services for the health system in 2021. He oversees Sarasota Memorial’s extensive network of outpatient campuses and urgent care centers that stretch from Manatee County to North Port. Frank also is responsible for outpatient growth strategy and developing new centers of care to support health needs throughout the region. Frank began his career at SMH in 2002 as an Administrative Fellow. Upon completing the two-year program, he was selected to serve in a leadership position in Ambulatory Services, where he assisted in the expansion of the organization’s Ambulatory network while taking on increasing roles and responsibilities. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2002 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and also serves as a volunteer youth football and track coach.
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.
Connie Andersen, Chief Nursing Officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
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 officer 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.
Joseph Seaman, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Critical Care Pulmonologist Joseph Seaman, MD, serves as associate chief medical officer for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus. Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology, Dr. Seaman joined SMH’s medical staff in 2012, served as chief of staff in 2018-2019 and has chaired the hospital’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section. In 2020, he was a recipient of SMH’s Physician Team of the Year Award for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. A current faculty member of Florida State University’s College of Medicine, Dr. Seaman earned his medical degree from Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, completed his internship/residency at the University of Cincinnati, and completed fellowships at the National Jewish Health System in Denver and the University of Cincinnati.
Jean Lucas, Chief Nursing Officer, Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Sarasota Campus
Jean Lucas was named chief nursing officer of Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Sarasota Campus in September 2022, overseeing the hospital’s patient care units and departments. Previously, Jean served as chief nursing officer of Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Venice. Before that, she served as the associate chief nursing officer at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Sarasota Campus, overseeing the development of many programs to enhance patient care and quality. She also has played a key role in nursing recruitment, training and research initiatives. Prior to joining SMH in 2007, Jean was a member of the leadership team that opened the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Before that, she served in clinical and leadership roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Jean earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of South Florida, and an MBA, Master's in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently president-elect of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Foundation and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Laurie Bennett, Vice President of Human Resources
Laurie Bennett was named vice president of Human Resources in 2021. She currently oversees the health system’s efforts to recruit and retain staff at all of its campuses, and ensure best practices in employee engagement, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and employee health and wellness. She also is responsible for Child Care and Volunteer Services. Laurie joined Sarasota Memorial’s Human Resources Division in 1994 and progressed into senior leadership. She and her team’s efforts have transformed Sarasota Memorial into Sarasota County’s largest employer with 9,000 staff. Laurie, who is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a double master’s degree in HR Management and HR Development from Webster University.
Peter Taylor, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Peter Taylor has served as vice president of Strategy and Business Development since 2007, overseeing new business initiatives, strategic planning, marketing, communications, public relations, advertising and content development for the health system. Before joining Sarasota Memorial, Peter served in marketing leadership roles for a number of well-known industry leaders, including General Motors and McCann-Erickson Advertising. Peter graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with degrees in Economics and Psychology.