After an extensive national search, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center has chosen Gabrielle Finley-Hazle as its new president.
She will start her new role in February.
Finley-Hazle replaces Patty White, who retired June 30 after more than 35 years with Dignity Health in increasingly responsible positions.
Finley-Hazle has more than 20 years of experience in health care management and leadership and has led high-performance teams, managed joint ventures, enhanced physician relationships and increased market share, according to a memo to St. Joseph’s employees announcing the appointment from Linda Hunt, chief executive officer of Dignity Health Arizona, which includes St.
Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and four other hospitals.
She most recently served as chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, a 460-bed acute-care hospital that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and an award-winning Comprehensive Stroke Center and Advanced Neuroscience Network. It is also home to the world-renowned Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute that treats patients from more than 90 different countries. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer for Florida Medical Center, a 459-bed facility that’s well known for cardiac care.
In her most recent position, Finley-Hazle grew services and volumes at both hospitals, launched a new graduate medical education division and created new physician residency programs. She also successfully opened the region’s first freestanding emergency department and collaborated with medical staff leadership to successfully launch Tenet’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center and Aortic Disease Institute in the market.
She holds a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Cornell University. She’s the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including Becker’s Hospital Review Top 15 Hospital and Health System Leaders Under 40; Legacy’s Top 25 Most Prominent and Influential Women in Business; and Goldman Sachs’ Leadership Award.
Her volunteer activities include serving as a board member for the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, founding board member of Northend R.I.S.E., and executive board member for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
A servant leader who focuses on improving the health of patients as well as the communities she serves, Finley-Hazle was drawn to St. Joseph’s mission, values and reputation for excellence.