Oak Hill Hospital
December 27, 2019

Leanne Salazar, APRN, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), MBA

Oak Hill Hospital is particularly proud to announce that Leanne Salazar, APRN, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), MBA, has been promoted to the position of Chief Nurse Executive for HCA's West Florida Division effective January 1, 2020. Ms. Salazar currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Oak Hill Hospital.

In making the announcement Ravi Chari, President of the West Florida Division, stated, “Leanne's strategic, supportive and inspirational leadership as a nurse champion has been instrumental in Oak Hill's milestone achievements, including having some of the lowest RN turnover rates in the company, the highest percentage of board certified nurses, and an HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction winner every year since 2015, including a number one unit in HCA Healthcare in 2019.”

Ms. Salazar joined Oak Hill Hospital as Vice President of Quality in 2011 and was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer in 2013. Prior to that, she held multiple leadership positions at what was then Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Ms. Salazar earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University, her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida.

“Every day we seek to raise the bar higher for ourselves and for healthcare everywhere. I am thrilled to have Leanne leading the charge with our nursing caregivers to ensure we deliver the highest quality care to the patients we are privileged to serve,” said Ravi Chari.

“She is the perfect candidate for this position based on her passion for nursing and the remarkable changes that she made during the six years that she served as our CNO,” said Oak Hill Hospital CEO Mickey Smith. “Under her leadership, our hospital has one of the lowest RN turnover rates in the company and, to our knowledge, the highest percentage of board certified nurses in the country,” he added.

About Oak Hill Hospital

Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984, is the area's largest private employer with 280 beds, and is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus Counties. The hospital is currently undergoing a $38.5M expansion project which will add 70 private rooms to its North Tower by Spring 2020, bringing the total bed capacity to 350. The facility offers Hernando County's only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including an arrhythmia center and open-heart surgery. Oak Hill Hospital's healthcare delivery team is comprised of over 600 physicians, 1,500 associates, and over 265 volunteers.

Oak Hill Hospital is an accredited teaching hospital with approval to train 65 residents in the Internal Medicine residency program, 24 residents in the Family Medicine program, 18 residents in the General Surgery program integrated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 18 residents in the Emergency Medicine program, 18 residents in the Anesthesiology program, 6 residents in the Podiatry program, 10 residents in the Transitional Year program, and two residents in the Geriatric Fellowship program.

The Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital offers advanced labor and delivery capabilities in a comfortable and family centered setting. Its 10-private bed NICU will open in spring 2020. In addition to the Graduate Medical Education Program, Oak Hill Hospital offers several unique programs in the area, including a 24/7 Critical Care Medicine Program staffed by Intensivists, a Pediatric ER, and a dedicated Pediatric Inpatient Unit. Please visit our website for a comprehensive listing of all Oak Hill Hospital accreditations, awards, and distinctions.

The hospital is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL; 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Katie Stacy, Director of Public Relations & Communications, at 352-597-6317. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit Oak Hill Hospital, or Like Us on Facebook.