Panama City, Fla. – Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Neil W. Kooy, MD, MBA, FCCM, as Chief Medical Officer.

With a clinical and administrative background working for multiple integrated health systems throughout the country, Dr. Kooy brings more than 15 years of clinical leadership experience to his new role. He previously served as Chief Clinical Officer at Niswonger Children’s Hospital a 96-bed pediatric hospital, which is a part of Johnson City Medical Center where he served as an administrator in Johnson City, TN. Most recently, Dr. Kooy served as Chief Medical Officer of Palms West Hospital, a 204-bed, acute care hospital in Loxahatchee, FL.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kooy to the Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center family and as our CMO, we know his expertise will be a valuable asset to our community,” said Brad Griffin, CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. “His wealth of knowledge and background in pediatrics, patient quality and safety are sure to lend a new perspective to the overall benefit of our team and the service we provide to our patients.”

“As Bay County’s go-to source for high quality care, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has continued to grow and adapt to meet community need,” said Neil W. Kooy, Chief Medical Officer. “I’m looking forward to furthering the hospital’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life by drawing on my experience aligning multidisciplinary teams, forging communication channels and facilitating collaboration in achieving innovative change.”

Dr. Kooy obtained a Physician Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he completed a residency in pediatrics. He also completed a Dixon Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham/Children’s Hospital of Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Iowa State University.

To learn more about Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and its leadership team, visit our leadership page.

About Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, located in Panama City, Florida, is a 223-bed acute care hospital. GCRMC has been proudly serving Bay County and surrounding communities for over 40 years. As a fully accredited healthcare facility, we strive to provide the latest in the state – of – the art technologies and best practices to our community.  With more than 1200 employees and 600 physicians, our number one priority is to exceed our patients’ expectations with the highest quality and most compassionate care. Currently our acute beds include a 20 bed adult intensive care unit along with a four bed pediatric Intensive care unit. Gulf Coast Regional is certified in Advanced Primary Stroke Care, accredited as a Comprehensive Breast Care Center, and the areas only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation. The hospital offers other quality services to include orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac, vascular and interventional services. Our expanded emergency services include a dedicated pediatric ER at the GCRMC main facility and a Freestanding ED located on U.S. 231 north of Transmitter Rd. We offer the fastest ER Wait Times in Bay County.

About HCA Healthcare North Florida Division

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 14 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.