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David Ottati has been with Florida Hospital Flagler since 2006. In June, he will leave for Florida Hospital Waterman. COURTESY PHOTO
Palm Coast Wednesday, May 8, 2013 7 years ago

Ottati leaving Flagler to be CEO at Florida Hospital Waterman


David Ottati, current CEO for the 99-bed Florida Hospital Flagler, has accepted the position of CEO for the 269-bed Florida Hospital Waterman, in Tavares. He will officially assume responsibilities on June 10. Ottati will replace Ken Mattison, who announced recently that he would be leaving Florida Hospital Waterman to pursue other Adventist Health System opportunities.

Ottati has served with Adventist Health System since 1996 when he was selected to join the management residency program. Since that time, he has held multiple positions, including program administrator for Florida Children’s Hospital, administrator for Florida Hospital Wauchula and Florida Hospital Lake Placid.

He assumed the Florida Hospital Flagler CEO position in March 2006.

“David has had tremendous operational and business development success at Flagler,” said Don Jernigan, president/CEO of Adventist Health System. “I have confidence that he will apply those same leadership and business lessons to further the growth of Florida Hospital Waterman as they extend our mission to serve the community.”

During his tenure at Flagler, Ottati built and opened the $15 million, 34,000 square-foot outpatient medical plaza and oversaw the electronic clinical information system activation, which designated Florida Hospital Flagler as a HIMSS Stage 7 facility — the first facility in Florida to receive this certification. He was responsible for more than 1,000 employees and added 300 jobs, including the recruitment of 30 new physicians.

“It is with mixed feelings that I’m leaving a community and employee family that I trust and enjoy working with every day,” Ottati said. “However, I’m excited about the opportunity to shape for the system multiple clinical and business initiatives that are piloting at Florida Hospital Waterman in addition to developing an outpatient business strategy that includes the building of a medical plaza.”

Ottati and his wife, Wendy, have four children and together enjoy outdoor sports, traveling and photography.

“The selection process for the new Flagler CEO will begin immediately,” said Mike Schultz, President/CEO of the Florida Region for Adventist Health System. “We want to make sure that we are intentional with the selection of the next leader, but our goal is to not make this a long or lengthy process."

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