Edward Jimenez is Chief Executive Officer for the University of Florida Health Shands system in North Central Florida. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Shands Hospital from October 2010 to June 2014, and interim CEO for 10 months before being named CEO in April 2015. Mr. Jimenez guides the strategic direction for the academic medical center, specialty hospitals and clinical programs, collaborating with UF College of Medicine faculty and UF Health administrators to ensure the delivery of outstanding patient care and quality outcomes and support education and research.
UF Health Shands includes the academic health center’s flagship hospital, UF Health Shands Hospital; UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital; UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital; UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital; and UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital. Patients come to UF Health Shands from all 67 Florida counties and throughout the region, nation and a dozen countries each year. UF Health Shands has operating revenues of approximately $1.4 billion and employs more than 9,400 employees.
Mr. Jimenez has led improvements in all operating categories, financial performance and employee engagement. He has led construction projects, including construction for the new UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital, a $415 million project to create the Southeast’s most advanced home for the care of patients with heart, vascular and neurological illnesses, which will open in late 2017. He also has overseen electronic medical record implementation and national accreditation surveys in addition to having a key role in establishing several regional relationships and affiliations with other health systems.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Jimenez served as System Vice President for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, a 900-bed health system in northern New Jersey. He oversaw hospital operations, business development and regional/physician partnerships; he was responsible for the faculty group practice of 200 physicians; and he was president of seven for-profit, joint venture LLCs.
Mr. Jimenez held management positions at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York; University Hospital in New Jersey; and the Valley Health System in New Jersey. He has an M.B.A. from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.