July 25, 2013
Cook Named CEO for Florida Hospital DeLand

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL   – Tim Cook, current CEO for the Florida Hospital Heartland Division in Sebring, Fla. has accepted the position of CEO for Florida Hospital DeLand, effective September 16, 2013.  He replaces Mark LaRose who is departing to pursue other career opportunities.

“Tim is a leader deeply devoted to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ,” said Don Jernigan, President/CEO of Adventist Health System. “His ability to unite physicians, employees and communities to serve with this one mission will be a tremendous asset to Florida Hospital DeLand and the Volusia/Flagler market.”

Cook has been with the Florida Hospital Heartland Division since 2007 and during that time has raised their quality and patient safety scores to be among the top 25 percent of hospitals in the nation.  He also fully-deployed Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and added new patient services including a stroke center and breast health center.

Prior to joining the Heartland Division, Cook was CEO of Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital in Illinois for four years. His career has been rooted in healthcare highlighted by earlier roles with Adventist Midwest Health including vice president of development, regional vice president of human resources, risk management and customer service excellence, and chief operating officer.  Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts in theology and pastoral ministry from Pacific Union College and a Master of Arts in religion from Andrews University.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with the team in the Florida Hospital Heartland Division for the last six years,” said Cook. “This is an impressive group of talented individuals who strive every day to make an impact on our community. My family and I will miss them dearly, but we are also excited about this new chapter that God has opened for our lives.”

The interview process for Cook’s replacement will begin immediately and a successor is hoped to be announced prior to September so that a smooth transition may occur. 

Cook, along with his wife Vivian, has two sons and a daughter.  They are a musical family that together play multiple instruments and perform regularly at Church and local functions.

About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System, whose flagship entity is Florida Hospital, supports 44 campuses and employs nearly 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for four million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a 156-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit


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