West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s CEO Javier Hernández-Lichtl Named President of the Florida Sterling Council

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Javier Hernández-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Chief Academic Officer for Baptist Health South Florida and Associate Dean of Florida International University’s (FIU) Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, was named president of the Florida Sterling Council.

Mr. Hernández-Lichtl will lead the Council’s efforts in continuing its mission to boost Florida’s competitive edge and quality of life through promotion and recognition of performance excellence. He has served as a board member of the Florida Sterling Council since 2003. The newly appointed President-Elect of the Sterling Council is Mr. John Varley, VP of Quality and Mission Success at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

“Javier’s distinct knowledge of the Council’s procedures, impeccable leadership skills in the healthcare sector, and relationships with staff, examiners and judges, will be pivotal to continue advancing the organization’s mission,” said John Pieno, Chairman of the Florida Sterling Council. “We look forward to working with Javier and trust that through his leadership the Florida Sterling Council will further excel in promoting excellence in Florida businesses.”

Mr. Hernández-Lichtl has been with Baptist Health South Florida for more than 20 years, and was CEO of South Miami Hospital, where his leadership was instrumental to receive the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award. Previously, Mr. Hernández-Lichtl served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Baptist Health, and CEO of Baptist Health Enterprises, Inc., and Baptist Outpatient Services.

“It’s a privilege to lead the Florida Sterling Council. I have a deep commitment to this esteemed organization and am humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as president among such distinguished peers,” said Hernández-Lichtl. “I recognize the great responsibility I have to further strengthen the organization’s goal of advancing performance excellence in Florida and vow to work steadfast in that mission.”

In 2012, Mr. Hernández-Lichtl will be leading the organization as it celebrates the 20th year of the Sterling Conference, May 29-June 1, 2012. The annual conference is a celebrated forum where nationally recognized speakers in the fields of quality and performance improvement gather to share the latest best practices with over 700 participants from a cross-section of industries. Governor Rick Scott will once again be invited to culminate the conference with the presentation of the 2012 Governor’s Sterling Awards. For more information please go to www.floridasterling.com/annual-conference-overview.php.

About West Kendall Baptist Hospital

The newest member of the non-profit Baptist Health South Florida family, West Kendall Baptist Hospital is a LEED Gold Certified, patient- and family-centered facility serving one of South Florida’s most vibrant, youthful and fast-growing communities. Beginning in 2013, the hospital will be home to an accredited family practice residency program through its affiliation with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. To learn more, visit WestKendallBaptistHospital.com.

About Florida Sterling Council

Established in 1992, the Florida Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. Sterling's Annual Conference is exclusively designed to teach participants how to elevate performance and increase productivity. Nearly 700 executives and professionals gather at this event for a one-stop source for education, information and inspiration. The conference concludes with the recognition of best practices, the Team Showcase Champion and the presentation of the Governor's Sterling Awards.


For West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Anna del Rio Chong, 786-347-4750
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