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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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7/2/2024 4:00:00 AM Member News

HCA Florida Memorial Hospital Names New Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Kovacs moves from Waycross, GA to Jacksonville, FL


JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 2, 2024) – HCA Florida Memorial Hospital named Chris Kovacs as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Kovacs will relocate from an HCA hospital, Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross, GA, and will begin his new role in Jacksonville on August 1, 2024.


“Chris has an extensive operational and leadership background that pairs well with our vision and strategy for the future,” said Reed Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of HCA Florida Memorial Hospital. “ We are excited to welcome he and his family back to Florida to join our HCA Florida Healthcare family.”


Kovacs (pictured) began his career as an Emergency Room registrar at Advent Health in Palm Coast, Florida, where he discovered his passion for healthcare. After graduating from the University of Florida, Kovacs was selected for an executive residency program with HCA Healthcare at HCA Florida North Florida Hospital in Gainesville.


Kovacs served as Vice President of Operations at HCA Florida Fort Walton for two years. In 2022, he was hired as the Chief Operating Officer at Memorial Satilla Health.


While living in Waycross, Kovacs has been actively involved in the local community. He has served on the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority Board and the YMCA Board of Directors. He received the Chamber of Commerce’s Jake Fleming Award for Outstanding Customer Service in 2022.


Kovacs attended the University of North Florida, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in political science with a minor in history. He received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Florida.

Kovacs will be relocating from Waycross to Jacksonville with his wife and their three young children. He enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the Florida Gators. Kovacs grew up in Gainesville, Florida.


About HCA Florida Memorial Hospital – HCA Florida Memorial Hospital is part of Florida’s largest healthcare system, HCA Florida Healthcare, comprising of 48 hospitals, 77,000 employees and 11,000 physicians operating from more than 570 care sites, over 50 urgent care centers, and more than 350 physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms. HCA Florida Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is a full service, acute care, Level II Trauma hospital with 454 inpatient beds, three current freestanding emergency rooms and a dedicated Women’s Center. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), HCA Florida Memorial Hospital is ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country for heart, lung and surgical care. It was named America’s 250 Best Hospitals 2024 by Healthgrades, putting it the top 5% nationwide for overall clinical performance, and named America’s 100 Best Orthopedic Surgery Hospitals 2024 also by Healthgrades. The hospital is A ranked in patient safety from Leapfrog 2024. For more information, visit: HCAFloridahealthcare.com.