John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital (TGH), and Mark Runyon, executive vice president and CFO of TGH, are among the seven CEO and CFO pairs from hospitals and health systems across the country recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review 2022 “Highly Successful CEO-CFO Duos” list.
Couris, a nationally recognized leader in health care, took the helm of TGH in 2017 and during his tenure has championed health care innovation and transformation for both the academic medical center’s team and its patients and community. Together with Runyon, who joined TGH in 2020, they drive TGH’s fundamental mission of providing excellent, comprehensive and innovative care to patients.
“The relationship between a hospital’s CEO and CFO is instrumental to an organization’s growth and success, and Mark has proven over the last two and a half years that providing high quality care in a safe environment – and doing that in a financially sustainable way – is his primary concern. We are grateful for that,” said Couris. “Every day Mark encourages and empowers his team to think strategically and identify opportunities to innovate and improve processes and lower the cost of providing high quality health care.”
Couris’ and Runyon’s approaches to leading TGH balance each other. Couris focuses on big and bold ideas and Runyon’s grounded thinking and rationale help to make those ideas a reality. As noted by Becker’s Hospital Review, “they push boundaries together and are always challenging each other and holding each other accountable.”
“John is always on the hunt for a way to shake things up to drive a more positive experience for healthcare consumers and our TGH team members,” said Runyon. “John places a strong importance on collaboration and inclusivity, especially within his teams, to ensure that all team members are empowered to innovate, and all stakeholders are heard. We are a stronger organization because of that.”
This inclusion in the “Highly Successful CEO-CFO Duos” list by Becker’s Hospital Review comes on the heels of several recent accolades for Couris and TGH. Earlier this year, Couris was named to Becker’s list of 113 “Great Leaders in Healthcare 2022” as well as Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators list, City & State Florida’s “Health Care Power 100” (#4 in 2022) and INFLUENCE Magazine’s INFLUENCE 150: the 150 most influential people in Florida politics. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General has also been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list.
Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed, not-for-profit, academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America’s Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed Neuroscience, Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of Florida. It also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.