Stephen R. Mason
Stephen R. Mason is the chief executive officer for BayCare, a leading, not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. BayCare’s inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness.
Mason came to BayCare in May 2004, and has more than 30 years of health care experience. Under his leadership, BayCare created the organizational structure to successfully embrace the landmark national health care reform law of 2010. He also played a key role in developing BayCare’s overall strategy to reduce cost, and increase the focus on quality, wellness, early detection and disease prevention. He guided the adoption of BayCare’s system-wide strategy to shift toward a population health model of care, and led the health system through a seven-year transition from paper records to an electronic medical record throughout its hospitals.
BayCare has remained a top employer in the region with one of the highest credit ratings among similar health systems in the nation. With Mason’s leadership, BayCare expanded its primary care services, continued developing its clinically integrated network, and acquired Winter Haven Hospital in 2013, its first hospital outside the core Tampa Bay market.
Mason has has served in leadership roles for the boards of the Florida Hospital Association, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the United Way of Tampa Bay and the Florida Low Income Pool (LIP) Council. In 2005, he chaired the Tampa Bay Heart Walk, hosted by the American Heart Association.
Before coming to BayCare, Mason was the senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Texas Health Resources (THR), a health system in Arlington, Texas. Mason played an instrumental role in the 1997 merger that created THR and served in senior management positions with the Harris Methodist System, a founding sponsor.
Mason has a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.