High-level doctor joins Central Florida Health as new chief operating officer

Dr. David Berger

A high-level doctor with a wealth of experience has joined the parent company of The Villages Regional Hospital as its new chief operating officer.

Dr. David H. Berger recently joined Central Florida Health’s senior executive team, where he also will serve as a senior vice president. He will provide management oversight for the development of high quality, cost-effective and clinically integrated patient care services.

Berger comes to CFH from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he served as professor and vice-chair for quality and safety in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Berger previously served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, chief medical officer of the Baylor College of Medicine McNair Facility and operative care line executive of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Berger boasts more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience and is an expert in patient flow, operating room throughput, quality and patient safety. He has extensive experience identifying cutting-edge health care technology and effectively implementing those technologies in the hospital setting.

“It is truly an honor to be able to support Central Florida Health’s mission of improving the quality of life of the residents of Lake, Sumter and South Marion counties,” Berger said. “What excites me most is that as a physician senior executive leader within the organization, I will be uniquely positioned to facilitate continuous improvement of the patient care delivery experience by aligning the goals of community physicians with the overall goals of Central Florida Health.”

Berger is a native of New York, where he received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed a general surgery residency at SUNY-Brooklyn, a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

CFH, which also oversees Leesburg Regional Medical Center, is an award-winning, locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, inpatient rehabilitation services at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital, adult inpatient psychiatric services at the LRMC Senior Behavioral Health Center and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations.

To learn more, visit www.CentralFloridaHealth.org.