Nashville, TN — HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA) today announced Dr. Ravi Chari will become President of HCA’s West Florida Division, effective May 1. Chari will assume leadership from Peter Marmerstein, who is retiring after almost 40 years in healthcare.

HCA West Florida is a comprehensive network of 16 hospitals with 21 ER locations, 14 surgery centers, 21 graduate medical education programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services.

Currently, Dr. Chari serves as Senior Vice President of Clinical Excellence, leading HCA’s Clinical Excellence program and Physician Leadership Academy. A ten-year veteran of HCA, he has held hospital, division and corporate positions with the company.

“Dr. Chari brings a unique perspective as a successful surgeon with proven academic, clinical and management acumen,” said Chuck Hall, President of HCA’s National Group. “His focus on patient-centered care and his track record developing physician leaders will serve him well in his new role. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Chari to the National Group and the West Florida Division.”

Dr. Chari joined HCA in 2008 as Chief Medical Officer at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. In 2010, he was promoted to TriStar Division Chief Medical Officer, and in 2011 he accepted a role in HCA’s corporate office as Vice President of Clinical Excellence. He became a senior officer when he was promoted to his current position in 2015.

Prior to his work at HCA, Dr. Chari was Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Liver Surgery and Transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Chari is a graduate of University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Duke University and fellowship at the University of Toronto. Chari also earned an MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Marmerstein is retiring after a nearly 40 year career in healthcare. Prior to being named President of the West Florida Division in 2012, Marmerstein served as CEO of CJW Medical Center, a two-campus hospital in Richmond, Virginia. During his distinguished career, Marmerstein served as CEO at several hospitals in Florida and California.

“Peter is a highly-respected and fearless leader, who provided tremendous guidance through a time of significant expansion in the West Florida Division,” Hall said. “His optimistic yet pragmatic approach had a positive impact on the people he worked with and the communities he served. Peter will be missed, and we wish him all the best.”