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PALM COAST, Fla. -- AdventHealth has named Wally De Aquino president and CEO for AdventHealth Palm Coast Parkway, a new hospital currently under construction in north Flagler County, Florida. De Aquino will assume leadership on May 7, 2023, with the new facility expected to open in August 2023. He will continue to report to Denyse Bales-Chubb, president/CEO for AdventHealth Palm Coast and the Flagler/St. Johns market.
“AdventHealth is committed to expanding our reach in order to care for patients and consumers closer to home. Under the leadership of Wally, AdventHealth Palm Coast Parkway will become another access point for healing and wholeness in this market,” said Audrey Gregory, PhD, president/CEO for the Central Florida Division – North Region of AdventHealth.
In his most recent role as chief operating officer at AdventHealth Palm Coast, De Aquino has led in the planning and construction of AdventHealth Palm Coast Parkway. His other accomplishments include establishing a partnership with the Flagler County School District with a focus on sports, career opportunities and mental health, as well as building the first simulation lab in the Central Florida Division – North Region, which serves current team members and students from the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University.
“Wally is well known and respected among our leaders, team members and local community members in Palm Coast,” said Bales-Chubb. “I’m pleased to see him step into this leadership role for a facility he has been instrumental in building for the residents of Flagler County.”
De Aquino began his career with AdventHealth in 2009 as a business development manager at AdventHealth Palm Coast. He has served in various operational and financial roles throughout his career, including as senior director of operations in the Central Florida Division – South Region, where he provided leadership of several outpatient services.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities God has given me to serve our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, and for the many colleagues and mentors who have contributed to my growth in this organization,” he said. “I look forward to partnering with a talented group of team members and physicians to provide high-quality, whole-person care to the north Flagler community.”
De Aquino received an MBA in health care administration from Regis University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts. He serves on the board of Flagler Cares, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a safety net of services to support the local community, and as a volunteer at his local church.
A resident of Flagler County since 2005, De Aquino enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and playing multiple sports.