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Leadership Lakeland Graduates 30 From Class XXXV

IMG_2082With leadership from Class XXXV Chair Timothy B. Darby (Darby Law Group, P.A.) and Chair-Elect Michelle B. Ledford (MADE), 30 participants officially graduated on Thursday, May 10, 2018. More than 130 alumni and friends attended the invitation-only Leadership Lakeland Graduation & Banquet at the RP Funding Center. Beginning in August, the class members undertook a rigorous schedule including overnight and full-day programs to immerse themselves in the community and in the development of leadership skills. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXV:

  • Margarita Alfaro, NuJak Companies
  • Teresa Fay Aman, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Daniel Jay Berman, Alliance for Independence
  • Lisa K. Birket, True MD
  • Jessica Brown, Hall Communications, Inc.
  • Joshua Keith Brown, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Anthony C. Camarillo, RP Funding Center/City of Lakeland
  • Ashley Cheek, Lakeland Economic Development Council
  • Julie A. Davis, Baylis & Company PA
  • Danielle Fogel, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Alison M. Foley-Rothrock, Esq., Foley Immigration Law/Red Tent Initiative
  • Caroline Gay, Lakeland Regional Health
  • Louis Santo Giampavolo, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mary Catherine Green, Tenth Judicial Circuit
  • Paul “Sean” Harper, Harper Little Construction Mgmt/WebPro Realty, LLC
  • Marshall Hurley, Createch Machine and Design
  • Eunice Martinez Hutto, Southeastern University
  • Billy Clifton Langston II, Florida Southern College
  • Kristen Lowers, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Lucas Dean Martin, Floralawn
  • Kevin M. McWilliams, Ameriprise Financial
  • Brandt William Merritt, First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland
  • LaTrice Moore, D.B.A., Polk State College
  • J. Scott Reed, Pilka & Associates, P.A.
  • William E. Roll, Jr., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Amy Hammack Royal, GiveWell Community Foundation
  • M. Kimberly Schell, Parker Street Ministries, Inc.
  • Shukethia C. Troutman, La Rosa Realty
  • Darren Vogel, P.E., Vogel Bros. Building Co.
  • Julie Howes Ward, Polk County Public Schools/Rochelle School of the Arts

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.

Also, congratulations to Chuck McDanal (Kindelan McDanal & Associates) who was announced as the upcoming Chair-Elect for Class XXXVI!


LRH Chief Operating Officer Danielle Drummond Named One of Nation’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare

Danielle%20DrummondLakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, is named one of the nation’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

Editors of the publication, a leading national source of news and information for healthcare executives, selected Ms. Drummond for her leadership and sustained contribution to the healthcare industry.

“This year’s class of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare recognizes executives who have been pivotal to record growth and quality improvement for providers and payers,” said Aurora Aguilar, Editor of Modern Healthcare. “The COO is responsible for navigating all arms of the business, standardizing practices and getting staff to buy in.”

The award honors chief operating officers for working in the complex business of healthcare while delivering top results in quality, safety and efficiency.

“We are deeply proud of Ms. Drummond and the collaborative ways she leads our team to ensure that Lakeland Regional Health efficiently delivers world-class healthcare,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “She cultivates an environment of innovation and transformation, mindfully placing the patient and family at the heart of all she does.”

Accomplishments at Lakeland Regional Health under Ms. Drummond’s collaborative direction include:

  • Nimble and successful leadership as Incident Commander as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed directly over Lakeland.
  • Recruitment of more than 180 physicians and advanced practitioners brought critically needed healthcare providers to Polk County.
  • Maintenance of a strong operating margin to manage provision of care with an engaged and productive workforce, despite increasing patient volumes, a decline in state Medicaid reimbursement rates, and unplanned personnel expenses incurred during Hurricane Irma.
  • Reorganization of the cardiothoracic service line and construction of a bi-planar suite, where complex neurosurgical interventional procedures can be performed for the first time in Polk County, ensuring the availability of these critical lifesaving services in Polk County.
  • Construction and operationalization of the 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Oversight of innovative capital projects, including the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, Hollis Cancer Center and Grasslands Campus.
  • Launch of Gemba, a LEAN-management philosophy, which produced a 28.5% improvement in central line infection rates and 15.2% in falls rates; and reduced readmission rates over the prior year of 16.0% for congestive heart failure, 23.7% for COPD, and 27.4% for pneumonia.

Ms. Drummond joins a prestigious list of COOs, including Dr. Kevin Churchwell of Boston Children’s Hospital, Samuel Hazen of HCA Healthcare, Robert Allen of InterMountain Healthcare, and Dr. Laura Forese, of New York-Presbyterian. For a complete list, visit

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.

About Modern Healthcare

This weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events is ranked No 1 in readership among healthcare executives. Modern Healthcare leads the market in editorial excellence and has received awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, Trade Association and Business Publications International and the Association of Health Care Journalists, affirming Modern Healthcare’s status as a top source for healthcare business and policy news, research and information.




WHO:              NOAA and the National Weather Service

WHAT:             2018 Hurricane Awareness Tour

WHERE:           Lakeland Linder Regional Airport – 3900 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland, FL 33811

WHEN:            Friday, May 11th, 2 PM to 5 PM

WHY:               Hurricane awareness for Citizens along the Gulf Coast


LAKELAND, FL (April 24, 2018) – The 2018 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be stopping in Lakeland at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Friday, May 11th as part of Hurricane Awareness Week. The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters and the National Weather Service are visiting several locations along the Gulf Coast with a tour stop in Lakeland.  NOAA’s Aircraft Operational Center is located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the community is invited to tour Hurricane Hunter aircraft, speak with the pilots, and walk through vendor exhibits from various local agencies and organizations.

Event Highlights:

  • Tour Hurricane Hunter aircraft
  • Meet the pilots & flight crew
  • Speak with hurricane forecasters
  • Meet with local National Weather Service meteorologists
  • Walk through exhibits from various agencies & organizations
  • Learn about weather safety & preparedness

Hurricane Hunter Hercules will be available to tour.  This is WC-130J is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft used in weather reconnaissance missions. This plane is configured to penetrate tropical disturbances and storms, hurricanes and winter storms and obtains data on the movement, size and intensity of these systems. Hercules is the weather data collection platform for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. It carries a minimal crew of five: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer and weather reconnaissance loadmaster. The crew collects and reports weather data as often as every minute.

NOAA’s Gulfstream Gonzo will also be available to tour.  Gonzo is a high-tech, high-flying, and high-speed platform used for hurricane forecasting and research. It is a sophisticated twin-engine jet piloted by NOAA Corps officers and crewed by NOAA civilian engineers and meteorologists. The G-IV flies around and over developing tropical cyclones to create a detailed picture of the surrounding upper atmosphere. It a range of nearly 4,000 nautical miles and a cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.

There are a number of agencies that are participating in the Hurricane Awareness Lakeland Tour Stop.  These agencies are there to share information to help citizens better understand the impacts of hurricanes along with critical planning to assist residents before, during and after a major storm.  For more information on the Hurricane Awareness Tour, visit


  • Federal Alliance for Safe Home
  • USAA Catastrophe Response Vehicle
  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
  • American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle
  • Polk County Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Polk
  • Salvation Army Field Kitchen, Shower Trailer, Polaris, and Canteen
  • Office of Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis
  • Polk County Citizen Emergency Response Team
  • Lakeland Fire Department
  • Polk County Emergency Management
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • NOAA Ocean Service
  • NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
  • NOAA National Weather Service in Ruskin

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. It is situated in the heart of Florida along the I-4 corridor midway between Tampa and Orlando, with easy access to I-4 via the Polk Parkway.  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is home the Sun n Fun Fly-In, Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Polk State College Aerospace Operation.  The airport is an economic engine, generating over $285 million to the area. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport sits on 1,742 acres and has over One Million square feet of facilities. For more information about Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, please visit



Lake Wales Museum Remembers Our Veterans in May with Military Uniforms Exhibit & WWII Guest Speaker featuring Dr. Gary Mormino and 20th Century Military Collections

Military Exhibit Flyer-page-001LAKE WALES, Florida –  The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center will host a new exhibit, “Military Uniforms from the Twentieth Century: An Exhibit Remembering Our Veterans,” from May 3 – June 9, 2018, and will feature a talk entitled “Florida and World War II,” by special guest speaker, Dr. Gary Mormino on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.

To honor and learn from our veterans, the Lake Wales Museum will host an exhibit of original uniforms, weaponry, insignia, medals and other objects from military history.  “Military Uniforms from the Twentieth Century: An Exhibit Remembering Our Veterans” includes objects on display from the Lake Wales Museum’s permanent collection of military items, pieces on loan from the community, and are interpreted by the museum curator, Bartholomew Delcamp.  Some items have never been on display before.

“I’m so excited to have put this exhibit together with an array of items from the museum’s own permanent collection,” states Bartholomew Delcamp, curator at the museum.  “People can learn about Lake Wales’ residents from the past who served in the military.  For example, Mr. Lee Roy Horton, Jr., who served in WWII, along with his three younger brothers, flew bombers as part of the Flying Tigers, and his Army Air Force uniform will be on display.”

To learn more about Florida’s history in World War II, join us for a talk and discussion with renowned professor, writer, author, historian and speaker, Dr. Gary Mormino, on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Dr. Mormino will talk about how on eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt mega state, and WWII was the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the influx of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women, and the dawn of the Florida Dream.

Dr. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Florida Professor of History Emeritus at USF St. Petersburg. He is a frequent contributor to the Tampa Bay Times and has written several books, including “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida” and was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing by the Florida Humanities Council. If you aren’t a historian but need someone to put an event into an interesting Florida perspective, ask Gary. Everyone does, including reporters from the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Public Radio.

The program and exhibit are made possible by the City of Lake Wales and sponsored in part by Visit Central Florida and the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The talk and exhibit are free of charge.  Please RSVP to the Lake Wales Museum at 863.676.1759.

About the Florida’s Humanities Council

The Florida Humanities Council sponsors community based projects, facilitates important conversations among Floridians, and shines a spotlight on Florida’s history, art, and culture.  Established in 1973, we are an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For over forty years we have developed and funded public programs that tell the stories of both Florida and those unique individuals that call this state their home.  For more information, visit

About the Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center

The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers.  For more information contact the Lake Wales Museum, 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, Florida 33853; 863-676-1759 or visit