Elaine C. Thompson Shares Plans for Retirement; Lakeland Regional Health’s Next President/CEO Is Named

Lakeland, FL – Laura Hawley, Chairperson of the Lakeland Regional Health Board of Directors, announced today Lakeland Regional Health President/CEO Elaine C. Thompson’s decision to retire on December 31, 2020, at the end of her current contract.

In a letter to the Board of Directors on February 25, Dr. Thompson stated, “After careful consideration, I have come to the difficult decision that it is time for me to move forward onto the next phase of my journey to allow me to spend more time with my family and to explore new intellectual challenges.” In her letter, Dr. Thompson shared that, “Due to the selfless commitment, strong character and exceptional leadership of the Board of Directors and my incredible team, the opportunity to serve in the role of President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health has provided to me the most professionally fulfilling and inspirational time of my life.

Dr. Thompson has served as President and CEO of not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health since 2010, bringing world-class care to Lakeland and the surrounding communities. During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, her most profound achievements to date include:

  • Obtaining a favorable reconfirmation of fixed debt rating of A2 stable by Moody’s in 2018, despite operating in the 6th poorest suburban county in the nation.
  • Improving the average age of plant from 14.3 years to 11.2 years, resulting in over 80% of patients being cared for in private rooms compared to 55% in 2017.
  • Investing $350 million into key facility improvements including the Hollis Cancer Center expansion, creation of the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine, Grasslands Ambulatory Campus and the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children.
  • Operating the busiest single-site Emergency Department in the United States and demonstrated top 10% throughput efficiency ranking in the country since 2013.
  • Strategically building and operating a multidisciplinary employed physician group of over 200 physicians and advanced care practitioners.
  • Establishing the Institute for Safety Discovery and Standard Work in 2015, providing a framework for quality improvements in areas such as fall prevention and infection rates.
  • Achieving numerous Best Place to Work Awards, including Gallup, Becker’s, Forbes and Florida Hospital Association

In February, the Board of Directors began the process of identifying and selecting Dr. Thompson’s replacement. Today, the Board announced that Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Lakeland Regional Health, was selected to assume the role of President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health, upon Dr. Thompson’s retirement effective January 1, 2021.

“We are both thrilled to announce Danielle Drummond’s new role as President and CEO and saddened to wind down our time under the exceptional leadership of Elaine Thompson,” Ms. Hawley said.

Ms. Drummond, who joined Lakeland Regional Health in 2013, was selected in 2018 as one of the nation’s Top 25 COOs in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for her responsibilities overseeing the Medical Center, Physician Group, Hollis Cancer Center, clinical joint ventures and affiliations, strategic planning and growth initiatives, and facility design and construction. During her tenure, Ms. Drummond led the ambitious design and construction process for the eight-story, state-of-the-art Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. In addition, Ms. Drummond helped to facilitate the Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group transition, oversee expansion of the Hollis Cancer Center, and strategize for growth of the Physician Group and ambulatory practices. Ms. Drummond also facilitated significant clinical collaborations with Mayo Clinic and Nemours Children’s Health System for Lakeland Regional Health.

“I have gained so much from Dr. Thompson’s exemplary leadership skills, her heartfelt vision and her dedication to high-quality healthcare. I also am constantly amazed at the talent, commitment and passion displayed every day by our outstanding team members,” Ms. Drummond said. “I love this community, and I feel honored and grateful to be able to help the patients and families we are privileged to serve.”

“Both Ms. Drummond and Dr. Thompson are outstanding leaders to work with,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “Lakeland Regional Health has grown and advanced exponentially under their direction. I am excited to see what the next decade brings to our organization and community.”

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 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.


SPCA Florida Kittens Bound for Maine

SPCA Florida Partners with Three Maine Shelters to Save Lives

SPCA Florida volunteers will depart Wednesday, July 10th, to drive 50+ homeless cats and kittens to their new home in Maine. In partnership with three Maine no-kill shelters, Midcoast Humane, Animal Welfare Society, and Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, staff and volunteers will welcome the cats and kittens on Thursday, July 11. The felines will be fully vetted and spayed or neutered according to an agreement between the three no-kill organizations.

“Midcoast Humane is excited to start a partnership with SPCA Florida to help with the relocate efforts of cats and kittens. We are happy to be able to help bring them to Maine and adopt into loving homes.” said Kate Cochrane, Midcoast Humane Intake Manager. Transports to approved shelters in northern states who need kittens is one-way SPCA Florida is saving lives. Grant funds from Maddie’s Foundation are helping to make this life saving trip possible. Kristen Mitchell, Transport Coordinator for Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland said, “We know that collaboration is the key to advancing animal welfare across the country and we are so proud to work with SPCA Florida to help pets in need. This live-saving journey will end with pets in loving homes here in Maine.”

“We are very pleased with this new partnership. Here in Maine, many people have pets and the culture of pet adoption is very strong. Cats, – especially kittens – are adopted very quickly. In fact, there is often a line outside our Adoption Center doors the morning kittens become available. Together with SPCA Florida, we’re able to save even more lives and help more Mainers find their new feline family member,” said Jen Adkins, Animal Welfare Society Transport Program Manager. Additional collaborative efforts are underway that include partnerships in Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Virginia. On a local level, SPCA Florida is partnering with local Veterinary Clinics, Polk County Animal Control, and the Humane Society of Polk County.

“We are right in the middle of kitten season in Polk County and the more kittens we can transport to no kill shelters in northern states, the more lives we can save this year,” said Randa Richter, Media and Partnership Relations.

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at www.spcaflorida.org and donate, foster or check out our available dogs and cats.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in the community, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 6,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.


Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise Achieves Extension of Accreditation by AACSB

LAKELAND (July 1, 2019) – The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College is pleased to announce that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended the accreditation of the College’s business degree programs.

The Barnett School received its initial AACSB business accreditation in 2013 and has a long history of achievement, most recently having been recognized in The Princeton Review’s prestigious list of Best Business Schools in 2018 and ranking as one of the best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2018 by Poets and Quants.

“The AACSB renewal of accreditation is a reflection of continuous improvements being made in the Barnett School, in compliance with AACSB quality standards,” said Dr. James Fenton, Dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. “The various constituents within the Barnett School, including the faculty, the staff, our students, and our alumni, all played a part in the renewal of our accreditation.”

Accreditation by AACSB International is a mark of excellence in business education, placing Florida Southern’s program among the most respected university-level business school programs in the world and serving as the benchmark of quality for students, parents, recruiters, and employers. As an AACSB-accredited school, the Barnett School is recognized for having passed the organization’s rigorous standards for quality in its undergraduate and master’s degree programs, an honor earned by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

“AACSB congratulates the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College on extending its accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The Barnett School’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

Ed Crenshaw, chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc., and chairman of the Barnett School Advisory Board, said this extension of AACSB accreditation adds to the school’s growing prestige. “We’re delighted to continue to earn this important recognition,” he said. “This accomplishment helps us to attract world-class faculty and students of the highest quality.”


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety

The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.

In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.

Free Seminars are held in various locations around the state. Please see the attached Flyer and Registration forms for the events scheduled from July through December 2019.

Free Webinars are also available to Florida employers. The Webinars contain the same information as the classroom settings and are held monthly via your computer and telephone.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Construction Industry Licensing Board and Electrical Contractors Licensing Board.

Dates & Locations

Please find attached flyer and registration forms with the dates, times and locations for the Seminars (classroom settings) and dates/times for the Webinars July 2019 through December 2019.

To register for any of our events please complete the appropriate registration form and email it to me at BocSeminars@MyFloridaCFO.com or fax it to (239) 338-2786.