Fla., — ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23, 2018 — Marla Silliman, a longtime leader at Florida Hospital and a passionate advocate for women’s and children’s health care, is resigning from her role as senior executive for Florida Hospital for Children and Florida Hospital for Women.
Silliman, who has led Florida Hospital’s children’s and women’s services across Central Florida for the past 13 years, has accepted the role of Senior Executive at TriHealth, a health system headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. She will assume that post effective April 7.
“Marla Silliman has led our women’s and children’s programs through a period of tremendous growth and expansion, while never losing sight of our core mission to provide world-class, whole-person care to our pediatric patients,” said Daryl Tol, President and CEO of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System’s Central Division. “an exceptional leader of Florida Hospital for Children and Florida Hospital for Women, overseeing the building of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and Florida Hospital for Women.
Marla has been in healthcare for over 30 years, serving in roles as a registered nurse in pediatrics, physician practice administration, COO of a freestanding children’s hospital and health-care consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick before joining Florida Hospital.
“My time at Florida Hospital has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a strategy, and then carry out that strategy to build a children’s and women’s network,” Silliman said. “Every leader hopes to leave their work better than when they arrived, and with the help of outstanding leaders and physicians, we have done just that.
“Florida Hospital will always have a place in my heart,” Silliman added.
Silliman’s many contributions include building the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and Florida Hospital for Women, and strategic oversight of several dedicated Florida Hospital women’s health-care facilities and programs across Central Florida. She led the collaboration between Johns Hopkins and Florida Hospital in creating the Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery program at Florida Hospital for Children, and led the creation of the Women’s Mobile Health Program.
Silliman has assembled an excellent team including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, Chief Operating Officer Deb Spielman and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Bowman, who will ensure stability and continued success of the women’s and children’s programs. The search for a new CEO is currently under way.
“We have an amazing Foundation board, and amazing physician panels,” Silliman said. “The future is bright for this organization.”
Silliman has also chaired several women’s and initiatives on the national level, including March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and American Heart Association.
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