Tampa General Hospital announces new CEO

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida hospital has named its CEO after a nationwide search.

The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/2rGROZ2 ) Tampa General Hospital announced on Monday that John D. Couris will be its new leader in September. The 49-year-old has been president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center since 2010.

Couris succeeds Jim Burkhart, who resigned in November after being pushed out by Tampa General Hospital’s board of directors. The hospital’s acting president and CEO Steve Short will remain until the transition.

Burkhart said after resigning that concerns about the hospital’s finances played a role in the board’s decision for leadership change.

Board chair John A. Brabson Jr. says Couris is a dynamic leader. Hospital staff chief Dr. Ravi Bukkapatnam says Couris was their first choice.

Couris says the job is a dream come true.

Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.