Orlando Health StCloud Hospital has named Joel Santora, MD, MBA, CPE, as its new chief quality officer.

In his role, Dr. Santora will participate in key clinical committees and support the processes and policies resulting in high-quality patient care driven by system-wide clinical practices and standards.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Santora join the team as our chief quality officer,” said Brian Wetzel, president, Orlando Health StCloud Hospital. “Dr. Santora’s experience, his desire to provide excellent patient care, his focus on constant improvements in care delivery and quality and his ability to connect with physicians and team members will undoubtedly allow us to realize the future that we all aspire to at the hospital.”

Previously, Dr. Santora served as an internal medicine attending physician at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center and critical care physician at all Orlando Health hospitals.

He is chair of the institutional review board and critical care task force at Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital and serves on the physician performance improvement committee.

Dr. Santora earned a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, a medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Orlando Health serving as chief resident. Following residency, he completed a critical care fellowship at Orlando Health.

Dr. Santora completed his physician executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. He completed the American Association of Physician Leadership capstone and earned the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) designation.

Dr. Santora began his role as chief quality officer at Orlando Health StCloud on May 1, 2023.

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

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