We are excited to welcome Leigh Ann Wynn as AdventHealth Polk Foundation’s new Executive Director.

Can you tell us a little bit about your professional career?

When I graduated from University of Florida (UF), the next day I moved straight to Sebring, Fla. and began marketing and merchandising Everglades Foods products to Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Publix and other stores across the Southeast. I learned so much in this role over the next 10 years that when I left, the owners told me I had gained the title of Corporate Manager – unbeknownst to me! From there, I moved into agricultural real estate and financing with the Land South Group in Lakeland, Florida as the Senior Vice President of Business Development. I went on to receive my real estate and mortgage licenses, all while learning about this important service for the agriculture industry.

After so many years with for profit business, I felt called to transition into the nonprofit sector. I joined Warner University in Lake Wales in 2015 as the Assistant Vice President for Advancement. I spent the last nine years raising funds totaling around $40 million for student scholarships, capital projects including the turf football field, Tye Athletic Performance Center and Swindle Agricultural Complex.

What drew you to the Executive Director role with the AdventHealth Dade City & Zephyrhills Foundations?

I was contacted about this role by a gentleman who I respect very much, and he asked me to take a look at it. And it did not take long to realize what an amazing organization AdventHealth is! Everyone I met has been warm and welcoming. When I researched and found that the organization’s beliefs are aligned with mine, it was a perfect fit.

I was also born in the Lake Wales hospital, and we'll just say my dad has visited a "time or two" for ranching incidents over the years, so I feel a strong connection to that Polk Foundation campus.

How do you think the experiences you’ve already had have helped prepare you for this new role?

All my experiences over the years have helped prepare me for this new role, not just my previous fundraising role at Warner. Development is focused on relationships and people – connecting people to what they are passionate about by building a relationship with them and matching that passion with a project to support. My degree from UF is in public relations, so I bring an emphasis on raising awareness to the role. Every day, I want to share the good news of what AdventHealth offers to our community!

What are some of the things you’re most excited about embarking on as the new Executive Director?

What I am most excited about as I embark on this new role is meeting all the PEOPLE!

I love people. That includes the physicians and staff at both AdventHealth Lake Wales and Heart of Florida hospitals, my new fellow team members, the Polk Foundation board, community members who support us and the dear patients this is all about. I am eager to see how I can help, what projects are most needed at the hospitals and how we can work together to reach our goals!

If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

I'd like to say funny, but that may set me up for high expectations, so we'll go with genuine.

When you’re not working, what does everyday life look like?

I am a seventh-generation cattle rancher as my family has been ranching in Central Florida for many years. My husband and I operate Wynn Cattle and this is what keeps him busy every day (and only keeps me busy in the evenings paying bills). So on the weekends, we love riding through our cows, checking them and feeding them with our son Jake.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

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Please make sure to welcome Leigh Ann yourself by sending her a message! She would love to explore ways you can partner with the AdventHealth Polk Foundations to provide exceptional whole-person care in our community.

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Heart of Florida Cardiac Rehabilitation Expansion

At AdventHealth Heart of Florida, hearts – and whole health – are in good hands. Experienced and compassionate cardiologists are by your side every step of the way, explaining test results, discussing next steps, and working together so you and your loved ones can enjoy life to its fullest.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States, and Polk County is no exception. Polk’s rate is higher than the overall rate for Florida, with 308 deaths per 100,000 people.

Nationally, approximately every 60 seconds, someone dies of a coronary event. Coronary heart disease causes one out of every four deaths, that’s more than 630,000 people passing away a year. Heart disease affects us all in some way, directly or indirectly.

That’s why we are fortunate to have world-class heart care at AdventHealth Heart of Florida.

Cardiac rehabilitation is critical to healing and recovery. In cardiac rehabilitation, patients work closely with nurses and exercise specialists and often receive a blend of treatments including exercise therapy, education, medical management, and psychological support.

Our AdventHealth Heart of Florida cardiac rehabilitation shares a small area of outpatient rehabilitation. This space restriction limits the number of patients we can can treat pre- and post- heart procedures. Additionally, due to space limitations, we’re unable to provide pulmonary rehabilitation, another key component of whole cardiopulmonary care.

With a new cardiac rehabilitation space, we can grow the number of patients we care for from approximately 100 per year to more than 400 per year.
The plans for this expansion will increase the cardiac rehabilitation area to 3,000 square feet and include the purchase of equipment that’s necessary to adequately serve heart patients.

It is through collaboration and partnerships with individuals, companies and organizations that we can fund a cardiac rehabilitation expansion and bring more lifesaving care to AdventHealth Heart of Florida.

Volunteer Leadership - Board of Directors

Robert “Rob” McCollum, Board Chair - Market President, SunTrust / Truist

Robert Loftin, Secretary / Treasurer, Vice Board Chair - Senior Vice President, Citizens Bank & Trust

Megan Adams - Community Activist

JD Alexander - Entrepreneur

Gary Boyer - Founder and President, Boyer Building Corporation

Chris Chartrand - President and CEO, Kegel

Bruce Davis, Past Board Chair - Owner, Bruce Davis & Associates

Donna Fellows-Coffey - Maria Bates Law

Nikki Hayde - President, Florida’s Natural Grower’s Foundation

Frank Idris - President, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Roger Ingley, Esquire - Bunting, Tripp & Ingley, LLP

Garrett Kenny - CEO, Feltrim Group

Kaelynn Mahalak - Encore

Donald “Don” Mason - Entrepreneur

Louis “Warren” McKnight - President and CEO, Holly Hill Fruit Products Co., Inc.

John Motis - President, Chemical Containers, Inc.

James Pilkington, MD - AdventHealth Lake Wales

Ernest “Ernie” Pinner - SouthState Bank

Victor “Vic” Story - President / Chairman of the Board, The Story Companies

Jeremy Voss - Springer Construction

John Webb - Owner / Broker, Webb’s Realty

Philip Weikert - Weikert Ford

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