HCA Florida hospital CEO out, COO tapped as interim

Steve Nierman has left his role as CEO of HCA Florida Blake Hospital in Bradenton, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, the Bradenton Herald reported May 9. 

Mr. Nierman departed May 8, and Paige Laughlin, the hospital's COO, has been named interim CEO, a spokesperson confirmed in an email to the newspaper.

No further information was provided about the departure. Becker's also reached out to HCA and will update this story if a comment is received.

The Herald was unable to reach Mr. Nierman on May 9 for comment.

Mr. Nierman took the helm of Blake Medical Center in September 2021. The hospital has since been rebranded HCA Florida Blake Hospital.

Before joining the Bradenton hospital, Mr. Nierman served as the president of Winter Haven (Fla.) Hospital, part of Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System.

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