Manatee Memorial CEO leaving for Jacksonville post

MANATEE — Manatee Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Moody Chisholm is leaving his post to take over as president and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville.

The hospital group announced Chisholm’s hiring Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to join St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Ascension Health,” Chisholm said in a statement released by the hospital group. “This is truly a blessing that brings exciting opportunities to lead a system of hospitals with a long and rich history of service to the Jacksonville community.”

Chisholm will direct two hospitals, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. He will assume his new post April 5.

“Moody brings more than 27 years of health care experience to our ministry,” said Pat Thornton, St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s board chair. “Throughout his healthcare career he has shown a strong commitment to developing and providing quality health services. That kind of commitment will serve him well.”

Chisholm joined Manatee Memorial on Sept. 26, 2006, the same day former executive Brian Flynn announced his resignation.

"We have accomplished so much with the wonderful staff, physicians, Boards, and volunteers at Manatee Health System over the past several years, and the thought of leaving has been very difficult," Chisholm said in a prepared statement Thursday. " This has been a painful decision process, because we love Bradenton, we have so many friends, wonderful co-workers and physicians, but in the end, this is a wonderful opportunity that allows me to advance my leadership role and settle my family in one location, hopefully for my entire career, before my children start kindergarten."