David Verinder, President and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
In 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 improve the community's access to high-quality health care. In 2015, Sarasota Memorial opened Sarasota County’s only Level II Trauma Center, which cares for patients suffering from life-threatening injuries and accidents. In 2017, the health system began an internal medicine residency program with Florida State University's College of Medicine to address local physician shortages. In 2017, Sarasota Memorial also completed a new state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Pavilion on its main campus to help patients regain their independence and quality of life following illness and injury.
During David’s tenure, Sarasota Memorial has earned national recognition for its high-quality care. The health system is one of only 58 hospitals nationally and the only hospital in Florida to earn the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s highest five-star rating for quality and safety four consecutive times. Sarasota Memorial also has earned the top “A” grade designation from The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. In 2017, SMH was one of just 48 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.
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 opening of the nine-story Courtyard Tower in 2013 as well as several new outpatient centers and urgent care 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.
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.
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.