Orlando Health Announces Promotion of COO to Hospital President

Sep 28, 2021 at 02:11 pm by pj


Brian Wetzel takes on lead role at Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital

Orlando Health has announced that Brian Wetzel has been named president of Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital and vice president, Orlando Health. Wetzel has served as the hospital’s chief operating officer since its opening in January 2020.

In his new role he will lead all aspects of hospital operations with responsibility for achieving organizational goals, monitoring quality care, and meeting financial plans. 

Wetzel has achieved considerable success during his 25-year career at Orlando Health, beginning at Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital and spending more than a decade at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. He was responsible for operational planning and expansion activities, including the construction of the additional bed tower during his tenure at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips.

In 2011, Wetzel moved to Orlando Health’s downtown Orlando campus to take the lead on the occupation project of the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute. A year later, he moved to the Orlando Health Cancer Institute, where he was responsible for growth strategy development for the oncology service line. In 2013, Brian was named administrative project lead for the $320 million Orlando Health ORMC renovation and redesign project, while continuing as administrator for ancillary services and facility planning. In 2016, he became assistant vice president and chief operations officer for the oncology service line, and in 2020, Brian took on the leadership of the Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital project completion and opening.

Wetzel earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Florida Southern College and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.


Wetzel began his new role on September 1.