Lake City Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA North Florida, recently named Rick Naegler as CEO. Naegler will begin his new role with the 91-bed acute care hospital on Jan. 1, 2018.

Naegler is returning to LCMC after serving as Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital from 2012–2014. He brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in healthcare to LCMC, including several roles with HCA hospitals. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Prior to that position, Naegler was Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Services at Tenet Health in Dallas, Texas; Chief Nursing Officer at HCA’s Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Florida; and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

“I am excited and honored to join the team at Lake City Medical Center because of its reputation and history of providing great service to this community. Lake City Medical Center has many years of recognition for quality outcomes, and has seen significant growth in adding services., “ said Rick Naegler. “I look forward to being a part of this team and working with physicians and staff to carry on the great traditions of caring for our community.”

Naegler began his healthcare career as a United States Army medic, serving in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management, both from Bellevue University.

“Rick is a seasoned leader whose clinical and administrative experience provides a foundation to continue our vision of positioning Lake City as the leading healthcare facility in the market.,” said Michael P. Joyce, FACHE, President, HCA North Florida Division. “We’re pleased to welcome him back to the North Florida Division and Lake City Medical Center.”