Michael P. Gallagher

President and CEO - Florida, SantaFe Healthcare, Inc. (Gainesville)


Michael P. Gallagher serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for SantaFe HealthCare, Inc., a not-for-profit holding company headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Mike also serves as CEO and on the Board of Directors for each of SantaFe HealthCare’s Affiliates, comprised of the following community-based operating entities:

  • AvMed, Inc. – One of Florida’s oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans. Headquartered in Miami, AvMed serves 260,000 commercial and Medicare members from six regional plan offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville and Jacksonville;
  • Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, Inc. – One of the largest home- and institutional-based hospice and palliative care organization in the U.S. Haven Hospice serves an average daily census of 675 patients and families throughout 18 counties in north Florida;
  • SantaFe Senior Living, Inc. – An expanding senior living organization operating North Florida Retirement Village in Gainesville, Bayview Gardens (Bella Terra on the Bay) in Clearwater, East Ridge Retirement Village in the Town of Cutler Bay, and The Terraces, which is under development in Bonita Springs. These communities serve 1,000 residents through independent senior living, assisted living, congregate care, memory support and skilled nursing facilities.
  • SantaFe Village – A 180 acre high-density, transit-orientated, multi-use real estate development in Gainesville.

Prior to 2007, Mike was the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for SantaFe HealthCare and its Affiliates. He was accountable for SantaFe HealthCare’s Corporate Strategic Planning, Business Growth & Diversification, Real Estate Development, and served as the Fiduciary for SantaFe HealthCare’s Defined Benefit & Contribution Pension Plans. Mike also served as Executive Vice President & CFO for AvMed where he was responsible for Financial Reporting & Accounting, Taxes, Treasury & Investments, Payroll, Actuarial, Rating & Underwriting, Contract Compliance, Corporate Data Unit, Facilities Management & Leasing, Claims Processing & Service, Amisys Configuration, Member Processing, and Billing & Accounts Receivable. In addition, Mike served as the President and a member of Board of Directors of Haven Hospice and SantaFe Senior Living and each of its Retirement Communities.

Prior to 2001, Mike was the Senior Vice President – Finance, Treasurer & CFO for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania having Strategic, Financial and Administrative responsibilities for this Blue Cross/Managed Care Plan serving 600,000 commercial and Medicare members. Mike was accountable for the Finance Division, Taxes, Payroll, Treasury & Investments, and Actuarial, Rating & Underwriting.   He was also responsible for Strategic Business Planning, Provider Contracting & Auditing, Human Resources, Facilities, Administrative Services, Internal Audit, Fraud & Abuse, and Corporate Compliance.

Before joining Blue Cross in 1993, Mike was a Partner with Coopers & Lybrand in Columbus, Ohio responsible for Audit, Actuarial, Tax and Business Advisory Services to publicly-traded and private clients, New Business Development, Staff Recruitment & Development and Quality Assurance. He was an Insurance Specialist Partner serving Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, HMOs, life & health, property & casualty, medical professional liability and workers’ compensation insurers. He also had significant diversified industry experience serving clients in the energy, manufacturing, and wholesale/distribution sectors, as well as governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with Accounting Honors from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Ohio. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100 and Florida Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors of the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Chamber Foundation, Greater Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of North Central Florida. He is also active in various community and non-profit organizations and a member of several health insurance, hospice and senior living industry and professional organizations.