Hospital Leadership at BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel
Rebecca Schulkowski, PharmD, MBA
President, BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel
Rebecca “Becky” Schulkowski was appointed the first president of BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel in August 2021.
She joined BayCare in 2017 as director of surgical services at St. Anthony’s Hospital, advancing to director of operations for Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals in 2018, spearheading major construction projects in both positions.
Prior to joining BayCare, Ms. Schulkowski held a variety of leadership positions, including system director for perioperative services at Riverside Health System in Newport News, Virginia. She also served as a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy clinical coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as director of pharmacy at Cardinal Health in Newport News, Virginia.
Ms. Schulkowski earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed her pharmacy residency at John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2013, she completed Boston University’s Pharmacy Leadership Institute and earned her MBA with a concentration in health care administration from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware.
Ms. Schulkowski is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the District Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College.
Bethany Wells, MSN
Director of Patient Services, BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel
Bethany Wells was appointed the first director of patient services for BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel in January 2022. She previously served as the director of patient services for St. Joseph’s Hospital-North.
Ms. Wells began her health care career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2000 as a patient care technician, advancing to registered nurse and charge nurse. In 2009, she relocated to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North as the education specialist and helped open the facility and onboard the team. Ms. Wells progressed to nurse manager prior to becoming the director of patient services in 2017.
She earned a Master of Science in nursing with a specialization in nursing leadership and administration from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2021. Ms. Wells received her Bachelor of Science in health care management from Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida, in 2016, and her Associate of Science in nursing from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, in 2001.
She’s a certified nurse manager and leader and a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
William Sedey, MHA
Director of Operations, BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel
William Sedey was appointed the first director of operations for BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel in November 2021. He previously served as the manager of surgical services business operations for Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals.
Mr. Sedey began his career with BayCare’s managed care team in 2002 while earning his Master of Science in health care administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. In 2006, he joined the Six Sigma performance improvement department. After three years in performance improvement, Mr. Sedey moved to his role in surgical services business operations. During his tenure, he oversaw the operational end of surgical services including medical devices, supply inventory, construction and renovation projects and capital acquisitions, and served as the lead for various regional committees and projects.
Mr. Sedey is a Leadership Pinellas alumnus and has served on both Leadership Pinellas and Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Boards of Directors.
Mark Vaaler, MD
Chief Medical Officer, BayCare Hospital Wesley ChapelMark Vaaler, MD, was appointed the first chief medical officer of BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel in June 2022. He previously served as vice president and chief medical officer for St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, South Florida Baptist Hospital and Bartow Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Vaaler joined St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1986, before BayCare was founded. He started as a practicing physician until 2002, when he switched to an administrative role.
This is not the first time Dr. Vaaler has been part of a hospital’s opening leadership team. He was the chief medical officer when BayCare opened St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in 2010 and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in 2015.
Dr. Vaaler earned his undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his internal medicine residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his medical training with a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the University of South Florida.