Aubin to Follow Larry Freeman, Who Served for 34 Years as Head of Region’s Only Children’s Hospital
Jacksonville, FL, December 31, 2010 – Baptist Health’s Board of Directors and Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of child advocate and long-time children’s healthcare administrator Michael Aubin as hospital president for Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, effective January 1, 2011. Aubin comes to Jacksonville from Tampa, where he served as founding administrator and chief operating officer for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa. St. Joseph’s is part of BayCare Health System, a non-profit, community-based, multi-hospital health system.
Aubin will follow Larry Freeman, who recently retired after more than 34 years of serving as head of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
In his role as Wolfson Children’s Hospital president, Aubin will work collaboratively with physicians and administrators with hospital partners Nemours Children’s Clinic, the University of Florida College of Medicine/Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. Aubin states, “Achieving the goal of excellence in health for children can only come from a partnership with the community and its leaders working closely with the superb pediatric staff that has helped develop Wolfson Children’s over all of these years.”
Baptist Health leaders said Aubin was chosen after a nationwide search for a hospital president with the right combination of experience, proven leadership, compassion and a passion for children’s health and well-being.
“We are so excited that Michael has joined the Baptist Health team as our children’s hospital leader,” says John Wilbanks, chief operating officer for Baptist Health. “We have worked with Michael for years on health issues affecting children in Florida and there is no more committed child healthcare advocate. He has successfully led St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital from it reestablishment in 1990 through its impressive growth to a regional referral center in the Tampa area. He is a perfect fit for this organization as we continue to grow Wolfson Children’s Hospital into a dynamic pediatric referral center serving the region’s children.”
Aubin says, “I am looking forward to working with the visionary leaders both at Baptist Health and in the community that have taken children’s health to its current state and helping lead it to the next level of excellence.”
Aubin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Providence College in Rhode Island and a Master of Arts degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Business.