At a special public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners named Darcy J. Davis, the district’s chief operating officer, to serve as its permanent chief executive officer. The unanimous vote followed a national search.
The appointment as CEO was finalized at the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 9.
“I’m honored that the board has entrusted me with the leadership of this important organization,” Davis said. “The district has a proud history of serving the healthcare needs of Palm Beach County, and I look forward to building on the great work our employees do in our community every day.”
Davis has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, and has served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer since first joining the district in July 2011. She was responsible for overseeing operations and financial reporting, budgeting, treasury management and accounting functions of the Health Care District’s health coverage programs, as well as the district’s eight public federally qualified health centers; the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, which provide adult and pediatric primary care and dental care; the district’s skilled nursing home, the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; the school health program; and the district’s trauma agency and aeromedical program, which are key components of the county’s nationally recognized trauma system.
In addition, Davis oversaw the county’s only public hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, a 70-bed, all-private room, acute-care facility in rural, western Palm Beach County.
“The board conducted a rigorous national search for the new CEO and interviewed some very fine, qualified candidates,” said Philip H. Ward III, chairman of the Health Care District Board. “In doing so, we were able to determine that, in fact, we had the best candidate for the job already working for us. We have great confidence in Darcy and look forward to working with her as CEO.”
Before joining the district, Ms. Davis served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Memorial Health System in Savannah, Ga.
ABOVE: Darcy J. Davis