AdventHealth Announces CEO at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

A couple holds hands while in the hospital.

AdventHealth has named Erik Wangsness to the position of CEO for AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. Wangsness will assume leadership of the hospital on September 1, 2019, and report to Bruce Bergherm, senior executive officer of acute care services for AdventHealth’s West Florida Division. Wangsness replaces Denyse Bales-Chubb, who recently transitioned to a new role as CEO for AdventHealth Tampa.

“Over the years, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has grown to meet the increasing health care needs of this community, and with Erik’s guidance, I know it will continue to provide exceptional Christ-centered care and foster hope and wholeness,” said Terry Shaw, president/CEO for AdventHealth.

Wangsness currently serves as president for Washington Adventist Hospital, a 232-bed, high-acuity community hospital serving the Washington, D.C., region. He previously served in leadership roles within AdventHealth (then called Adventist Health System), including president/CEO of Jellico Community Hospital in Tennessee, director of business development and assistant to the CEO at what is now called AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook in Illinois and executive director of the foundation at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Colorado.

“Erik is a tremendous health care leader, and we are excited to have him leading AdventHealth Wesley Chapel,” said Bergherm. “With his proven health care administration, operations, physician relations and business development experience, background working in faith-based health care and commitment to our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, I have confidence that the hospital will continue to deliver exceptional wholistic care under his leadership.”

Wangsness earned a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both from the University of Minnesota. He has been active in numerous organizations, including the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, American College of Healthcare Executives and Maryland Hospital Association Council on Financial Policy. He is also a Baldrige Executive Fellow.

“I am excited to be rejoining the AdventHealth family as part of the West Florida Division,” said Wangsness. “I look forward to working with the clinicians and other members of the hospital staff at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel to continue the strong tradition of delivering high-quality and compassionate whole-person care in the community.”

Wangsness and his wife, Kari, have four children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, golfing and playing musical instruments.

About AdventHealth West Florida Division (Formerly Florida Hospital)

The West Florida Division of AdventHealth has some of the nation’s brightest medical minds making lifesaving breakthroughs with surgical pioneers, scientists and researchers using leading edge technology and innovation to deliver our brand of whole-person care. Our network of care includes AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth Lake Placid, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wauchula, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills, as well as three freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including AdventHealth Central Pasco ER, AdventHealth Palm Harbor ER and AdventHealth TimberRidge ER. We are more than hospitals, as we have a robust system of care including specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy and home health care. AdventHealth is a faith-based not-for-profit health care system with a mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. AdventHealth has hundreds of care sites and nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. For more information about AdventHealth, visit, or, and for West Florida Division, click here.