Gastro Florida Hires New Chief Executive Officer

LENEXA, Kan. (PRWEB) September 19, 2013

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Gastro Florida, in St. Petersburg, Fla., has hired Mark A. ONeill, CMPE, FACHE as chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with over 13 years of experience with a focus on entrepreneurial physician practice, ONeill assumed his new duties on September 9.

Mark is a proven healthcare executive with a successful track record of leading private practices and deep experience building operational teams to achieve strong physician operations, said Dr. Sheldon Scheinert, president of the executive board of directors for Gastro Florida. Our organization will benefit greatly from his strategic vision and expertise in physician operations, service line development and financial management.

Formerly, ONeill served as the managing director of American Healthcare Leadership International in Lancaster, Pa. where he provided physician practice integration services and interim management solutions that included serving as the chief operating officer of Main Line Gastroenterology Associates, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pa. ONeill also served as Executive Director for Lancaster Gastroenterology, Inc. and Professional Anesthesia Associates, LLC in Lancaster, Pa. A veteran naval officer in the medical service corps, he held leadership roles at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Gastro Florida was seeking an experienced senior healthcare executive to provide strategic direction for this growing private practice while being a highly visible leader with the community, said Lydia Ostermeier, vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for Gastro Florida. Marks comprehensive experience combined with his financial acumen and ability to build collaborative partnerships with healthcare providers and payers will be a valuable asset.

ONeill earned a master of health science degree in health finance and management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a board certified fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and earned certification in physician practice management from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).

About Gastro Florida:

Gastro Florida (formerly West Central Gastroenterology, LLP) is the largest gastroenterology practice in the Tampa Bay market. The organization is committed to the delivery of quality care for every patient. Gastro Florida is equipped with the latest technology to handle every gastroenterology need.

About B. E. Smith:

Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and a top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Management Consulting. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smiths proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in todays complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit or call 855-254-8261.

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