Peter Hemstead is the new Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Hemstead will manage the daily operations of the hospital, several departments and key service lines. He will also oversee hospital facilities, construction and renovation projects. He was previously the Assistant Administrator at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL. He had direct oversight of several departments, more than 500 employees and numerous construction and expansion projects. He was also previously the Director of Clinical Excellence Facility Interface Team at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Before working in healthcare, Hemstead served in the United States Coast Guard on helicopter search and rescue teams. He was a decorated Coast Guardsman earning several awards for performance and leadership. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College in New York and his Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

"We are working on several exciting initiatives, so Peter's experience with construction projects and implementing new quality programs at hospitals around the country will be a great benefit to our hospital and the community. We are happy to have Peter, his wife and children join our hospital family," said CEO Robert Meade.