Orlando Health has named Brian Wetzel president of Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital effective July 1, 2022. He replaces Ohme Entin, who will become the chief operating officer for Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) effective June 27. Mr. Wetzel is currently president of Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital, a hospital he opened in January 2020 as chief operating officer.
“This transition to Orlando Health St. Cloud is exciting for Brian and for the organization,” said Thibaut van Marcke, president of Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and senior vice president of Orlando Health’s southeast region, which includes Orlando Health St. Cloud. “Brian, who has lived in St. Cloud nearly 40 years, began his healthcare career at this hospital in 1996 as an entry-level employee registering patients in the emergency department. Now, more than 25 years later, he is returning as hospital president. We are very proud of him.”
“My story is one that I share often with new Orlando Health team members,” said Mr. Wetzel. “I’m a living example of how one’s career can progress if you’re willing to accept new challenges, do the best job you can and be committed to continually learning. You can achieve almost anything, especially here at Orlando Health.”
Mr. Wetzel has been with Orlando Health since 1996 where he has served numerous roles including assistant vice president and chief operations officer for the oncology service line, as administrative project lead for the $320 million Orlando Health ORMC renovation and redesign project and he oversaw operational planning and expansion activities at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
“I’ve spent the last quarter century learning how great, high functioning, hospitals operate and how exceptional quality and compassionate care is provided to our patients,” added Mr. Wetzel. “Now I get to bring all of that experience back to my hometown, St. Cloud. It’s extremely satisfying.”
Mr. Wetzel holds 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.