Hospital Leadership at Bartow Regional Medical Center
Karen Kerr was appointed president of Bartow Regional Medical Center in February 2019. She has served as president of South Florida Baptist Hospital since August 2013 and continues in that role.
Kerr previously held a number of key leadership roles at both South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. As president of South Florida Baptist Hospital, she has worked to develop new initiatives for neurospine, surgery, obstetrics, radiology and patient experience.
Kerr received her Bachelor of Science/Nursing degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale. She has served as president of the Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives, chairman of the Plant City Family YMCA, and chairman of the Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club. In 2016, she received the Plant City YMCA’s Strong Leader Award. Kerr serves as Chairman of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation and, in 2019, was inducted as chairman of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce.