Health Management Associates Names Mike Fencel as Chief Executive Officer of North Florida Division

Fencel Comes from HCA to Manage 11 North Florida Hospitals

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA) today announced that it has named Mike Fencel as Chief Executive Officer of its North Florida Division, overseeing the company’s 11 affiliated hospitals in North Florida.

Fencel comes to Health Management from HCA (NYSE:HCA), where he most recently served as CEO of Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Florida.

“Mike is an experienced hospital operator respected among his peers for delivering consistently strong operating results without ever compromising on quality or integrity,” said Alan Levine, President of Health Management’s Florida Group. “We are so glad he will bring this experience to all of North Florida.”

In his role as CEO of the North Florida Division, Fencel will be responsible for overseeing the enterprise of hospitals, physician practices, ancillary services, surgery centers and other affiliated entities for the markets which include: Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, Shands Live Oak, Shands Lake Shore in Lake City, Shands Starke, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City, Bartow Regional Medical Center, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Greater Haines City, and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. Fencel will be responsible for managing the innovative partnerships with Shands HealthCare and Orlando Health, both important health care systems to the state of Florida and their regions.

"I look forward to joining the team at Health Management as we continue to serve the needs of the people in our communities," said Fencel. "I am committed to Health Management’s management philosophy and culture of Getting to Great and excited about working with such an accomplished team in North Florida."

During his tenure at Brandon Regional Hospital, Fencel managed the significant growth of that hospital, overseeing the addition of more than 150 beds, and the implementation and development of the open heart surgery program into one of the Tampa bay region’s most successful programs. Fencel previously served in many key leadership roles within HCA, Humana, and National Medical Enterprises, Inc.

In addition to his management responsibilities, Fencel is active in community and statewide organizations. He has served on hospital association boards in both Florida and Missouri and has served as an active Board member for several local organizations, including past chairman of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Brandon Rotary Club.

“Mike has a strong ethic and set of values which exemplify the type of leader we look for at Health Management,” added Levine. “He will be instrumental in leading our growth and innovation strategies currently underway at our hospitals in the region.”

He and his wife, Jami, reside in Riverview, Florida. They are the proud parents of two children, Nicole and Jordan.

Health Management enables America’s best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 66 hospitals, with approximately 10,400 licensed beds located throughout the United States.

All references to “Health Management,” “HMA” or the “Company” used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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