Hospital Leadership at Winter Haven Hospital

BayCare has selected Tom Garthwaite as the president of Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital. Garthwaite, who has been interim president since Jan. 2, 2023 is a BayCare veteran who most recently served as president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz since 2020.  

Garthwaite started his BayCare career as the director of operations at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. While at the two St. Joseph’s hospitals, Garthwaite was instrumental in reducing length-of-stay averages, transitioning some inpatient services from contract work to in-house operations and overseeing large and small construction projects.  

Prior to BayCare, Tom served in leadership roles for a health care system on Florida’s east coast after starting his career as a radiologic technologist. His Bachelor of Science degree comes from the University of Central Florida, and his master’s degree in health service management from Florida Institute of Technology.