Cerullo Named New Wuesthoff Health System CEO

By  //  April 17, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Health Management Associates has announced that Tim Cerullo, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge, will also assumed the role of CEO for the entire Wueshtoff Health System.

Tim Cerullo
Tim Cerullo

Cerullo replaces Steve Patonai, who has been at the helm of Wueshtoff Health System since October 2010 when Health Management Associates acquied Wuethof Health Sytems for $145 million. According to Health Management Associates, the move was made as a result of the company’s cost cutting initiatives.

Steve Patonai
Steve Patonai

Cerullo has been the CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge since July 2012. He is an accountant who worked his way into hospital finance and operations, and has held various leadership positions in Florida hospitals for the past 15 years. He came to Brevard County from West Palm Beach where he was the Chief Operations Officer of 460-bed JFK Medical Center.

Regional Integrated Healthcare System

Wueshtoff Health System is a regional integrated healthcare system that includes the 298-bed Rockledge hospital, 119-bed Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne; more than 100 employed providers at multiple physician clinics; Wuesthoff Progressive Care Center, a 114-bed skilled nursing facility; The Towne Square, a 98-unit assisted living facility; and other health-related services such as home care, inpatient and outpatient hospice, Wal-Mart retail clinics, diagnostic centers, home medical equipment stores and a statewide reference laboratory.

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