July 17, 2024

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Tampa General CEO joins Florida’s Health Care Innovation Council

Tampa, FL (BLOOM) – John Couris, President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, has been appointed to Florida’s Health Care Innovation Council. This appointment by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo is part of the Senate’s Live Healthy initiative, aiming to bring innovative solutions to Florida’s health care challenges.

Couris expressed his enthusiasm for the role, stating, “Florida can serve as a national model in delivering high-quality health care to all Floridians. With support from Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and other leaders on the state level, we can make strategic investments in innovation that have the potential to revolutionize the way we deliver care in the Sunshine State. I’m honored to be a part of the new Health Care Innovation Council, where we will focus on dynamic and strategic solutions that can increase access, cut costs, and improve patient outcomes.”

The Live Healthy Innovation Council was established through Senate Bill 7018, sponsored by the Senate Health Policy Committee and co-sponsored by Senator Gayle Harrell. Representative Karen Gonzalez Pittman sponsored the bill’s House companion. The legislation, signed into law by the Governor on March 21, aims to collaborate with entrepreneurs and businesses to transform health care delivery and improve the quality of care in Florida.

Senate President Passidomo praised Couris for his visionary contributions to the initiative, saying, “John Couris was instrumental in the development of the Live Healthy initiative. His transformational vision for our health care system is increasing access, improving care, and reducing costs for patients. I am pleased to appoint him to the Live Healthy Innovation Council.”

The Health Care Innovation Council consists of 15 members who will engage with innovators and stakeholders to create best practice recommendations. Their focus areas include increasing efficiency, reducing workforce strain, improving patient access and outcomes, and cutting costs without compromising care quality. The Council will also oversee a revolving loan program to support the implementation of innovative health care solutions.

Under Couris’s leadership, Tampa General has become a leading academic health system. Notably, the hospital established the Tampa Medical and Research District in partnership with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Couris also led the creation of the CareComm command center at Tampa General, which uses data and analytics to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. Additionally, he spearheaded the TGH at Home program, providing top-tier hospital care to patients in their homes.

As a member of the Health Care Innovation Council, Couris will continue to advocate for science-driven solutions to meet Florida’s growing health care needs.

About Tampa General Hospital: Tampa General Hospital, a 981-bed, not-for-profit academic health system, is one of the largest hospitals in America. It is the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care and is highly ranked in several specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Tampa General is also a leading institution in organ transplants and a primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With a network of medical facilities and services across the region, Tampa General is dedicated to providing world-class care and advancing health care innovation. For more information, visit www.tgh.org.