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HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital Announces Caroline Burris as Chief Operating Officer

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital has announced the appointment of Caroline Burris as Chief Operating Officer, effective today, March 21, 2022. Burris will oversee the growing 267-bed hospital which has served Okaloosa County for nearly 50 years. Burris has more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

“In her new role, Caroline will support our culture by leading multiple clinical service lines, ancillary departments and growth agendas,” said Zach McCluskey, CEO, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “She will be intimately involved in hospital strategic planning, capital planning, employee engagement and physician relations.”

Burris, who has been with HCA Healthcare for 12 years, most recently served as COO at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, in Houston, where she oversaw the construction of a new garage and medical office building, as well as the multi-year expansion of several units. Burris was also instrumental in the success of Woman’s Health, having guided the relocation of three clinics and the renovation of three others. Prior to her time with The Woman's Hospital of Texas, she served as the associate administrator and co-ethics and compliance officer at Summit Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

“I am excited to join the talented team at HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, which is known for its strong growth agenda to benefit community driven initiatives, said Caroline Burris,” COO, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “As the only full-service acute care hospital serving the tri-county area, I look forward to working with our colleagues to achieve clinical excellence and continue our mission-driven approach to healthcare delivery. Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

Burris completed her undergraduate studies at Belmont University in Nashville and received her MBA in healthcare administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

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