Brett Spenst named CEO of AdventHealth Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25, 2019 — Health care industry veteran Brett Spenst has been named CEO of AdventHealth’s Orlando campus.

Spenst joins AdventHealth after serving as CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo. In his new role, he will have responsibility over operations at the flagship campus of AdventHealth, a health system with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in almost a dozen states.

“Brett has a legacy of successful leadership with AdventHealth,” said AdventHealth President/CEO Terry Shaw. “I am confident his commitment to our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ will inspire our teams as we continue to build our national brand.”

AdventHealth Orlando serves both as a community hospital and as a major tertiary referral hospital for the region, much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America. The campus also includes AdventHealth for Women and AdventHealth for Children.

As CEO of AdventHealth Orlando, Spenst will lead 8,100 employees and oversee operations of the 1,368-bed acute care medical campus.

AdventHealth Orlando is also a designated statutory teaching hospital and trains physicians from around the world on the newest technology and procedures.

“One of Brett’s greatest strengths is his diverse background in the health care industry and experience in various markets. As we look to improve patient care, strengthen our programs and innovate, Brett’s leadership will be pivotal during this transformation,” said Eric Stevens, CEO of Acute-Care Services for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “Brett leads from the heart and has the highest respect for our team members and physicians.”

Spenst is expected to formally assume his new role in March.

“I’m thrilled to be joining AdventHealth Orlando. This is an exciting time for the organization and I’m inspired by the mission, the team members and physicians whose dedication to clinical excellence, compassionate care and healing the entire community is unparalleled,” said Spenst.

Spenst worked for 20 years with Adventist Health in California, and subsequently served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Kettering Medical Center System in Ohio. A graduate of Loma Linda University, Spenst is a certified public accountant and completed his MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

He and his wife, Holly have two adult children.

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About AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division

Founded in 1908 by pioneering Seventh-day Adventists who believed in whole-person health — healing the body, mind and spirit — AdventHealth has grown into one of the largest nonprofit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year in metro Orlando alone. AdventHealth operates nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care centers in nearly a dozen states, making it one of the largest faith-based health-care systems in the United States.

AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division encompasses 16 hospitals in the six counties in and surrounding metro Orlando: Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Flagler. The Central Florida Division’s care network also includes more than 30 CentraCare urgent-care centers; dozens of sports-rehab and imaging centers; and hundreds of physicians, ranging from primary care to a full spectrum of specialties.

AdventHealth Orlando, the division’s flagship campus, serves both as a community hospital and as a major tertiary referral hospital for the region, much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America.

AdventHealth Orlando is a designated statutory teaching hospital and trains physicians from around the world on the newest technology and procedures. The system provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neuroscience, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics, transplant and advanced surgical programs.

The AdventHealth Research Institute has more than 250 investigators and more than 500 clinical trials in progress. AdventHealth Orlando is also home to the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes and the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement.