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HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital Announces Karim Ghanem as Vice President of Operations

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital announced today the appointment of Karim Ghanem as vice president of operations, effective today, May 2, 2022. 

Ghanem has six years of experience in the healthcare industry, and brings a strong clinical performance background to this role after serving as the director of performance improvement and a regional lead advanced practice clinician in HCA Healthcare’s Capital Division. 

“In his new role, Ghanem will help support the day-to-day operations of HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, and will partner closely with the administration team to support clinical service lines and ancillary departments,” said Caroline Burris, COO, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “We look forward to working together to continue building strong relationships with our colleagues, patients and visitors.”
During his tenure in HCA Healthcare’s Capital Division, Ghanem developed and executed multiple division and corporate initiatives, improving education, staffing and throughput. While working as a lead advanced practice clinician, he was responsible for the budgeting, recruitment and onboarding of advanced practice clinicians across four campuses. 
“I am excited to join the dedicated team at HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin hospital,” said incoming VPO Karim Ghanem. “Their commitment to serving the community and providing exceptional care makes them the premier facility on the Emerald Coast. I look forward to working with our colleagues to honor our mission: Above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

Ghanem is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and holds a Master’s in Medical Science/Physician Assistant Studies. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Florida International University in Miami.

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