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SMH Hires New Chief Operating Officer

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Jan/07/2015

Lorrie Liang, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System COOSARASOTA, FL (Jan. 7, 2015) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has hired Lorrie Liang, a senior healthcare executive from Maryland, as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Liang, who currently serves as vice president of the not-for-profit LifeBridge Health System/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, will assume her new leadership role at Sarasota Memorial on Feb. 16.

LifeBridge is a $1.3 billion integrated health system providing a full continuum of care through two acute-care hospitals, a chronic care/sub-acute hospital, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab facility, children's hospital, express care centers and network of physicians, home care and hospice services. Sinai Hospital, one of the largest community teaching hospitals in Maryland, is a level 2 trauma center with 504 beds, 4,600 employees and an 1,100-member medical staff. 

"We are excited to welcome Lorrie to the Sarasota Memorial team," said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder, who served as COO for four years before assuming the CEO position last summer. "She is a seasoned executive with a proven track record for transforming vision into results. Among other priorities, she will play an essential role in Sarasota Memorial's efforts to improve population health and develop and enhance programs to better serve the community."

Liang has more than 25 years of experience in leading hospital operations, service lines, physician practice groups, graduate medical education and clinical research programs in academic and community health systems. She has been especially focused on improving population health through disease management and readmission reduction programs. 

At LifeBridge/Sinai, Liang has been responsible for the system's Neuroscience, Orthopedic, Cardiovascular and Ophthalmology service lines and the LifeBridge Health Research Institute, as well as strategy, operations and quality outcomes for Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesia. During her tenure, she successfully established several new programs, including a neuroscience center of excellence that has been recognized as a top hospital by U.S. News and a nationally renowned eye center of excellence.

Some of her other responsibilities included overseeing the construction and operations of a new orthopedic institute, LifeBridge's 190-member Physician Faculty Enterprise, which is supported by 80 mid-level providers and 375 staff in 34 locations, and its graduate and continuing medical education programs.  

Liang received her Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. 

She and her husband, Horace, an emergency medicine physician, have two children, a son, Andrew, attending the United States Air Force Academy, and a daughter, Olivia, a sophomore in high school. 

"Sarasota Memorial has an outstanding reputation and a strong foundation of support from the community," Liang said. "I look forward to getting to know everyone and helping to build upon the health system's many successes." 

Sarasota Memorial conducted a national search and chose Liang from a strong field of internal and external candidates after an extensive interview process.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care. 

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