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St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Appoint New Chief Operating Officer

Apr 25, 2018
West Palm Beach, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital welcome David O’Brien, MSN, MHA, RN, as their new chief operating officer. He brings fifteen years of experience working in healthcare, with more than a decade in a leadership position.  In this role, he will manage daily operations and oversee the development and implementation of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the hospital.

“David’s appointment to St. Mary’s is a homecoming for him as he returns to South Florida,” said St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Gabrielle Finley-Hazle. “He brings a unique mixture of operational and nursing experience, work ethic and personal commitment that will significantly benefit patients and staff here at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital.  I look forward to the many contributions he will make to this dynamic organization."

O’Brien has held a variety of executive operational and nursing leadership positions throughout his career. Most recently he served as the chief operating officer of Hilton Head Hospital and chief nursing officer of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Coral Gables Hospital. Some of his accomplishments during his tenure with these sister hospitals includes leading construction and expansion projects, implementing initiatives to improve facility and clinical operations, and he is known for his ability to help improve patient satisfaction, patient outcomes, infection rates, hospital acquired conditions and employee and physician engagement. 

O’Brien earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. He is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Emergency Nurses Association.

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