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Don Breeding

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Background Information

Employment History


Florida Regional Medical Center

Chief Executive Officer

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Chief Nursing Officer

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Member, Executive Leadership Team

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Vice President of Nursing

Wuesthoff Medical Center

Vice President Cno

Wuesthoff Medical Center

Health Management Associates , Inc.

R.N.-Program Director

Mountain States Health Alliance


Board Member
Haines City Economic Development Council

Web References (13 Total References)

The Scrubs Report | Orlando Health News [cached]

"Our volunteers choose to spend their valuable time helping others, and we appreciate everything they do," said Don Breeding, CEO of Heart of Florida.

"Nurses play an essential role in enhancing patient care, increasing access, coordinating care and reducing health care costs," said Don Breeding, CEO.
"At Heart of Florida, we have further enhanced our level of services to accommodate an aging population that wants to remain more active," said Don Breeding, CEO.  "We are performing interventional cardiology, have a dedicated joint replacement and orthopedics center, and diagnostic imaging that enhances detection of early-stage breast cancer using digital mammography. Advanced imaging is also helping us find other cancers, heart disease and peripheral artery disease sooner. Our DEXA scanner helps detect osteoporosis to help prevent fractures. We're using robotic surgery for gynecology, providing leading-edge continence and prostate procedures, helping patients regain as much function as possible through rehabilitation and therapy, and we're helping heal wounds that don't respond to traditional therapies. "We are also training our staff to better understand the needs of aging boomers and other geriatric patients.  For example, we make special assessments of patients who may be at risk of falling," said Breeding. "This is so important, a fall-prevention program has been made a requirement for Joint Commission accreditation," he added.
"At a time when many people have to travel far to receive quality health care, we are proud of the fact that we provide the latest in technology and services at our facility," said Don Breeding, CEO. "Our staff works hard to provide superior care and excellent customer service." The theme of this year's National Hospital Week is "A Guiding Light for Changing Times," which recognizes the important role that hospitals play in their communities. This week celebrates the history, technology and dedicated professionals that make our hospitals beacons of confidence and care. "First and foremost, this week is a celebration of people," said Breeding.

The Scrubs Report | Orlando Health News - Archives 2 [cached]

(l-r) Belinda Bivens, Employee of the Quarter, Sheila Fontanez, Nurse of the Quarter, Carmen Trindade, Manager of the Quarter, and (in back) Don Breeding, CEO of Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

FloridaMD » Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Services Expansion Aids Expanding Families [cached]

Advancements in technology aid our medical teams in offering a magnitude of care options for patients," said Don Breeding, Chief Executive Officer. "Last year, we treated 81,000 patients including approximately 50,000 emergency room visits."

Breeding joined the executive leadership team at Heart of Florida in 2008 as the Chief Nursing Officer, offering more than thirty years of hospital-based nursing and administrative expertise. After being named CEO in 2011, Breeding's leadership paired well with the talent of the hospital's nearly 200 physicians and hundreds of other clinical and staff positions. Recent performance awards validate this superior partnership and the collaborative commitment to provide high quality, compassionate healthcare services.
"Of Polk County's five hospitals, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center was named as the top-ranking hospital in the Lakeland/Winter Haven metropolitan area in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012 Best Hospitals rankings," said Breeding. Then, earlier this year, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center was highlighted as the sole Polk County hospital to receive an A grade delivered by The Leapfrog Group on its Hospital Safety Score report. "The Leapfrog distinction helped authenticate that we are hitting on all cylinders for our patients and their families, ensuring not only their safety but proper and effective treatment plans. Overall, we aspire to be servant leaders providing compassionate and quality care. Breeding says among the many service lines, he sees great potential for growth in a number of programs, including: cardiology (which recently added a third cath lab), joint replacement, pediatric unit (lead by a skilled pediatric hospitalist), and the recently expanded Center for Women's Health.
"We've created our niche for women's health care to offer preventive services, diagnostic testing and treatment for health issues at all ages and all stages of life," explains Breeding.
Plus, it causes the hospital doors to close and lock if the child is carried too close to an exit," describes Breeding.

Local News [cached]

"We need to get a younger population into the schools of nursing so we can replace those people," said Don Breeding, vice president of nursing at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge.

Nursing vacancies at local hospitals range from 6 percent to 9 percent, and administrators say they snap up graduates from Brevard County programs.
In order to practice, students must pass a state licensing exam after earning their degrees.
Breeding cautioned that compassion, not a strong job market, should motivate prospective nurses.
"It takes a special kind of person," he said.

Haines City EDC-Board of Directors [cached]

Don Breeding Chief Operating Officer

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