On Wednesday, Sacred Heart Health System named Heath Evans as the new president of Bay Medical Sacred Heart.
Evans was raised in the Panama City area and has served as the hospital’s chief operating officer for the past year.
He began his healthcare career as a firefighter/paramedic. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in health services administration at the University of Central Florida, he earned his master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Evans’ administrative experience in healthcare began in 2006 with a physical therapy practice in Lynn Haven. Before returning to his home community last year, he served most recently as chief operating officer of South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. Prior to that, he also served in leadership roles at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, and as CEO of Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center in Live Oak, Fla. He is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“This community means so much to me. I was raised here, I met my wife here, I served as a firefighter here, and now I’m raising my children here,” said Evans. “I’m honored to be entrusted with the position of leading this wonderful hospital as we work together to rebuild, to grow, and to provide this community with compassionate, personalized care as part of Sacred Heart Health System and the Ascension Florida family.”
Evans’ promotion came shortly after Ascension, one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, reached final agreement to fully acquire Bay Medical. The hospital and related physician clinics are now operated by Sacred Heart Health System and integrated into the statewide system of Ascension Florida.