LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Richard Fletcher, the chief operating officer at Manatee Memorial Hospital, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.
Fletcher has served as COO at Manatee Memorial Hospital for four years and previously held the positions of Associate Administrator at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Pharmacy Director for the Manatee Healthcare System.
"He's very familiar with all the specific policies and procedures at Universal Health Services, having been at Manatee Memorial for a number of years," said Vernon DeSear, vice president of marketing for Manatee Healthcare System.
Fletcher, a native of Manatee County, was born at Manatee Memorial Hospital, and later graduated from Manatee High School. He first came onboard at Manatee Memorial as the director of pharmacy, after earning his doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Florida.
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He became the director of administration and recently the chief operations officer where he has been in charge of the day-to-day operations at Manatee Memorial for the past four years, DeSear said.
During his time at Manatee Memorial, Fletcher has been responsible for leading several initiatives including growth in the cardiovascular and robotic surgery programs.
"The fact that he knows a lot of the different programs and functions of the hospital as COO and was head of all the operations, that gave him a grasp of all the day-to-day operations of the facilities,' DeSear said.
Lakewood Ranch Medical and Manatee Memorial share a lot of cross-functions, including medical records, staff, a lab and marketing, so Lakewood Ranch is already somewhat familiar with Fletcher, DeSear said. That helps making operations and strategic planning accomplished more easily, he added.
"I think it makes it a much more collegial way of doing business," DeSear said. "All of us are very proud of him and what he's accomplished. He's certainly earned it."