Palms West Hospital this week announced that Jason L. Kimbrell will serve as the facility’s new chief executive officer.
Kimbrell, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, will be responsible for guiding Palms West Hospital’s development and operations. He will also lead the successful growth of key service lines, including pediatrics, women’s care, a Level II NICU, orthopedics, cardiology, robotics and general surgery.
“Palms West Hospital has set itself apart by staying closely in tune with the needs of our community and responding with focused, compassionate healthcare,” Kimbrell said. “I look forward to furthering our commitment to the overall improvement of human life by working with Palms West’s best-in-class team of caregivers to drive growth, offer the latest technological advances and deliver exceptional patient experiences.”
As a 17-year healthcare veteran, Kimbrell most recently served as CEO of Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, where he led his team through the hospital’s acquisition by HCA Healthcare in 2017. Under Kimbrell’s leadership, he successfully launched the facility’s first Orthopedic and Spine Institute, implemented advanced robotics and significantly improved financial performance.
“Jason is a seasoned and respected leader who has made countless contributions to our organization,” said Charles Gressle, president of HCA Healthcare’s East Florida Division. “Jason is passionately committed to providing the best quality care, and we are confident that he will help further Palms West Hospital’s stellar reputation by implementing successful business growth programs while maintaining a patient-first mindset.”
Kimbrell began his career with HCA Healthcare as an assistant administrator for West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, a 515-bed hospital, where he was involved in strategic planning, launched a robotics steering committee and was instrumental in the execution of the hospital’s key strategic initiatives. Kimbrell also previously served as vice president of operations for Lifeguard Transportation Services, a national healthcare logistics firm based out of Alabama.
Kimbrell’s passion for delivering the best possible patient experiences and outcomes stems from his experience as a critical care flight paramedic for Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. He is an established professional who served four years with the United States Air Force as a rescue firefighter and crew chief. During his military career, Kimbrell was deployed to Kuwait.
Kimbrell earned a degree in molecular biology from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in healthcare management from Troy University. He is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for health service administration.
Palms West Hospital has been providing healthcare excellence to central Palm Beach County for more than 35 years. The hospital is a 204-bed acute care, full-service facility combining high-quality, patient-driven care and state-of-the-art technology to serve residents of Palm Beach County and beyond.
Learn more about the hospital at www.palmswesthospital.com.