Garry L Karsner


Public Health • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Garry Karsner's is a multi-talented high-caliber healthcare Executive with experience as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. He has more than 30 years experience in setting strategy, providing vision, building culture, and assembling high performance senior management teams and is very comfortable with complexities of multidisciplinary operations and multi facility environments. His knowledge includes building design, construction, equipment selection, and management. He practices creative, progressive healthcare management.


His experienced in directing start-up operations and in positioning organization as a strategic community business partner supports of the needs of the local community. He has a solid reputation for continually meeting clinical performance metrics and financial expectations while fostering excellent relations with Boards, employees, and the community at large. Talented in leading and developing business opportunities and marketing strategies to fulfill mission and maximize growth and profitability and his thorough background in analyzing and assessing alternative strategies has allowed him to make value based decisions and develop tactics to achieve desired results.


Mr. Karnser's qualifications include building and establishing organizational frameworks which are aligned with mission, vision, values, and guiding principles. As a proactive leader, he is consistently successful in benchmarking and affecting organizational change through statistical thinking and continuous improvement.



Master of Healthcare Administration
University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida 1994

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 1967


Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
Ocala and Lake City, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida

Company Track Record of Progressive Success : Began with HCA as a Division Chief Financial Officer when Memorial Hospital Jacksonville was purchased by HCA in 1995; progressed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of multi-campus Ocala Regional Medical Center; retired in 2007. A brief synopsis of roles follows:




Chief Executive Officer

• Ocala Regional Medical Center—August 2005 through March 2007

• Lake City Medical Center—2001 through August 2005





Division Chief Financial Officer


• Mid America Division-1998 through 2000


• North Carolina Division—mid 1996 through 1997


• Northeast Florida Divison—1995 through mid 1996




Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

• Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, Florida—1991 




Chief Financial Officer

Basic American Medical, Inc.—Fort Myers, Florida; late 1989 through early 1991

Community Hospitals, Inc.—Jacksonville, Florida; 1987 through late 1989

Baptist Medical Center—Jacksonville, Florida 1984 through 1986


Archbold Medical Center—Thomasville, Georgia 1975 through 1984


2005 Outstanding Alumnus, Alumni Association, University of North Florida, College of Health                          


Certified Public Accountant, State of Florida

Member, Florida Institute of CPAs

Member, American College of Healthcare Executives

Advanced Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

Board of Directors and Treasurer, International Health Service Group, Atlanta, GA

Captain, Supply Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret)

KarsnerContact Information

Building 39, Room 4067

(904) 620-5320