Dr. Mack Reavis named president of Lakeland Regional

Dr. Mack Reavis has been named president of Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the hospital that is becoming the first member of the newly created USF Health System.

In his new role, Dr. Reavis will retain his duties of chief medical officer and assume responsibility and accountability for the overall strategic and operational planning of LRMC. He will report directly to Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE as she continues in her role as chief executive officer of Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. and simultaneously moves into the new role of chief executive officer of the USF Health System.

Elaine Thompson, Mack Reavis, Lakeland Regional Medical, USF Health System

Elaine Thompson, PhD, with Dr. Mack Reavis

“The principle behind the promotion of Dr. Reavis is vision driven – namely LRMC is becoming part of a clinician-led health system committed to raising the quality of healthcare while lowering the cost, and in so doing, improving the health of the broad communities we serve,” said Dr. Thompson. “As president, Dr. Reavis will ensure that patients come first, and that our physicians and clinical teams will be supported in order to accomplish that goal. More importantly, Dr. Reavis will guarantee that LRMC continues to have a clinically-centered operating and reporting platform that delivers consistent and efficient outcomes by utilizing evidence based practices and improved standardization of care.”

Dr. Reavis, a pathologist, has more than 35 years of experience as a physician with LRMC, including leadership positions within his private practice, on the hospital medical staff and with the Lakeland board. Since joining Lakeland Regional in September 2011 as the executive vice president of clinical integration and chief medical officer, Dr. Reavis has helped transform the medical center. His key accomplishments include directing quality initiatives that have led to a 4 percent reduction in risk adjusted inpatient mortality; an 8.5 percent reduction in 30 day readmissions for patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia; a 24% decrease in risk adjusted patient safety indicators; a 41.5 percent decrease in surgical site infections; and an 80 percent decrease in ventilator-associated pneumonias.

“We are blessed to have the clinical leadership of Dr. Reavis,” said Bill Mutz, chairman of the Board of Directors for Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. “His 35 years as a practicing physician provides incredible insightfulness when it comes to fostering innovative and transformative partnerships that are preparing us for the daunting challenges of tomorrow.”

The Lakeland Regional Board of Directors approved Dr. Reavis’ new role at a meeting this week.