Seven Rivers' CEO Brancato to retire

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Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.Joyce Brancato, chief executive officer of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, has announced that she will retire on Aug. 5 after 30 years at the hospital.

Brancato first joined the hospital on that date in 1985 as a night shift charge nurse in the intensive care unit. Over the succeeding years, she served in a number of roles across the organization including quality coordinator and risk manager.

She was named chief operating officer in 1993, a role she held until her promotion to CEO in 2005.

Under her leadership, the hospital has grown and thrived as Brancato has overseen projects to accommodate more patients by expanding the ICU and ER, adding obstetric services, comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and more. Brancato has recruited more than 30 physicians to the area, including primary care and specialists.

“I’ve known Joyce for 26 years and have watched her grow both personally and professionally from a registered nurse to the Administrator of our hospital,” said Denis W. Grillo, DO, chairman, Seven Rivers Regional Governing Board. “I know her to be patient-care focused and she has left her imprint on the organization. She leaves us prepared for continued success in the future. We wish her all the best as she enters this new phase of her life.”

Seven Rivers Regional has earned steady recognition for quality during Brancato’s tenure. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Certified Primary Stroke Center. The medical center has an innovative alliance with UF Health for stroke care, is nationally recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the areas of knee and hip replacement by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and has earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus quality achievement award.

“We are grateful to Joyce for her many years of service and leadership,” said Aparna Chunduri, MD, chief of staff, Seven Rivers Regional. “We wish her success and happiness in her future endeavors.”

Brancato is a district board of trustee for the College of Central Florida. As she retires, she looks forward to supporting their efforts to expand regional health sciences education.

“While I will miss my daily interaction with the dedicated employees, physicians and volunteers, I will remain a supporter of Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center,” said Brancato. “As I reflect on the growth of the hospital over the years, I am both proud and privileged to have led a talented staff and worked alongside some very dedicated clinicians. I am grateful to have contributed to the success of Seven Rivers Regional where we deliver compassionate patient care to those who enter the doors of our hospital.”

About Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 128-bed general, medical/surgical acute care facility serving Citrus, Levy and South Marion Counties, opened its doors in 1978.

Seven Rivers Regional is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Certified Primary Stroke Center.

The medical center has an innovative alliance with UF Health for stroke care, is nationally recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the areas of knee and hip replacement by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and has earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus achievement award.

Learn more at SevenRiversRegional.com, Facebook.com/SRRMC or Twitter.com/SRRMC.

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