Tampa, Florida (March 9, 2017) – – Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA West Florida facility, announces the appointment of Sonia Wellman, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, as the new Chief Executive Officer effective March 6, 2017. Mrs. Wellman comes to Memorial Hospital from HCA’s Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, where she served as Chief Operating Officer.
She brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in the hospital setting. Mrs. Wellman began her career as a registered nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital – University of Miami Health Systems where she held positions in nursing leadership, education, and research & development. Mrs. Wellman completed her BSN and MBA while working full-time in management roles.
She relocated to Florida’s west coast as an executive for Health Management Associates (HMA), where she opened a new community hospital and led a multi-campus system. In 1999, she joined Oak Hill Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer and then Chief Operating Officer, where she led the implementation of a number of key services including the hospital’s Open Heart Services, Hospitalists program, Women’s Diagnostic Services and numerous expansion projects.
Professionally, Mrs. Wellman is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and she has been active in community and professional endeavors throughout her career.