April 20, 2018
Atlantis, Fl — As the first female CEO in its 50 year history, Gina Melby has been instrumental in the progress and growth of JFK Medical Center for 13 years.
Committed to being at the forefront of science and medical technology and helping to shape the future landscape of Palm Beach County, Gina has spearheaded JFK Medical Center from a community hospital to a major tertiary center. The development of two freestanding emergency rooms in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as the merger of JFK Medical Center and West Palm Hospital, along with new service lines, including an extensive scope of advanced procedures for the detection and treatment of heart disease, has demonstrated ongoing responsiveness to the needs of our growing community.
Recognizing the need to recruit and retain the best in medical excellence, Gina helped to further graduate medical education through the development of an internal medicine residency, general surgery residency, podiatric surgery residency, a hospice and palliative care fellowship, and a cardiovascular disease fellowship at JFK. Since their inception, 195 residents and fellows have graduated with 68 remaining in South Florida to begin their careers.
Working strategically with HCA leadership, Gina has initiated capital approval on many projects, with the most recent expansion project, including $108 million to expand and renovate the hospital, adding a new 3-story patient tower of 72 medical-surgical, intensive care beds, emergency room expansion of 78 treatment rooms and an eight-story parking garage of 940 spaces.
She has an unwavering dedication to be the best. As a mentor, she always finds the time to teach and educate those around her in the healthcare arena, furthering their understanding of medicine, operations, and leadership.
Very much involved in the community, she sat on the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County as the first female chairperson, and the only person to serve two consecutive terms. Gina has held a Board position with The Open Door for three years. Gina also supports many charities, including The American Heart & Stroke Association.