January 20, 2020
Ocala, FL –Ocala Health, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, announces the appointment of Gabe Bullaro to the position of Chief Executive Officer at West Marion Community Hospital effective January 20, 2020.
Bullaro has most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Ocala Health, a 430 bed two campus facility. During Gabe's time at Ocala Health he has led the aggressive construction efforts happening across the Ocala Health campuses, adding 114 beds, 20 ED bays, six Operating Rooms, expanding the Summerfield Freestanding Emergency Department by eight bays, as well as the construction and opening of the Maricamp Freestanding Emergency Department in August of 2019.
He has executed many initiatives resulting in program and hospital growth, operational enhancements and significant physician recruitment efforts most notably leading the establishment and certification of Ocala Regional Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2019.
“Gabe's familiarity with West Marion, established relationships with physicians in the community, and excitement related to the expansion of healthcare services offered in this community has West Marion well positioned for continued growth under his leadership,” said Chad Christianson, CEO, Ocala Health.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead such an outstanding team. After having worked with West Marion for over two years, I'm confident that the team is top notch. They drive exceptional quality care and consistently offer an outstanding patient experience,” said Bullaro.
Gabe earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Duke University. In between his time at Boston and Duke University, Gabe served as the Operations Officer for the US Navy Helicopter Squadron flying relief missions in response to Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesia Tsunami.
Gabe and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Grace, Gabe III, and Olivia.
About Ocala Health
Ocala Health encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 256-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 174-bed hospital located in west Marion County, Summerfield ER, a freestanding emergency department located in southern Marion County, and Maricamp ER, a freestanding emergency department located on Maricamp Road in Ocala. Ocala Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services, and bariatric surgery. Ocala Health has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer center in Marion County. Ocala Health's outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of six locations throughout Marion County; Advanced Imaging Centers; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; a Senior Wellness Community Center; and three surgical and physician specialty practices.