A longtime hospital administrator with Tampa-area ties was named this afternoon to lead St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Health System.
Kathryn Gillette will become chief executive officer and market president of the downtown St. Petersburg hospital that’s about to become a part of the for-profit Health Management Associates hospital chain.
Gillette has served since 2010 as the CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee. She will start at Bayfront on April 1, the same day officials expect the 100-year-old hospital to finalize its transition from its longtime nonprofit status.
The move is a return of sorts for Gillette, 58. During the 1990s, she served as chief financial officer at Tampa General Hospital. She also spent 11 years in leadership at New Port Richey Community Hospital, now known as the Medical Center of Trinity.
Late last year, Bayfront announced it was selling 80 percent ownership in the hospital to HMA, a 70-hospital chain with six area hospitals, including Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City, and Brooksville and Spring Hill regional hospitals.
Gillette will replace Sue Brody, who last month announced she was stepping down once the Bayfront sale to HMA was complete.