BayCare names new president for St. Joseph’s Hospital-South

Patrick Downes has been named the new president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, in Riverview.

Most recently, Downes was the chief executive officer at East Cooper Medical Center, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He is a native of Palm Harbor.

“We welcome Patrick back to his home state,” said Kimberly Guy, BayCare co-chief operating officer, in a statement. “His experience with the Florida healthcare landscape is a tremendous advantage. His expertise, passion and drive for excellence will position him as a strong leader at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, a hospital that continues to thrive in serving the high-growth areas of Hillsborough County’s South Shore and northern Manatee County. Patrick’s background will help to build upon the hospital’s prominence and importance in these communities.”

Prior to leading the South Carolina hospital, he had executive leadership positions at two Miami-area hospitals including being CEO at Coral Gables Hospital, from 2015 to 2017, and chief operating officer at Hialeah Hospital, from 2010 to 2015.

Downes is a current member of the Foundation for Florida’s Future/Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to keeping the promise of a quality education in Florida.

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