University Hospital and Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

 University Hospital and Medical Center (University Hospital), an industry leading 317-bed acute care hospital in the heart of South Florida, announced today that Joseph “Joe” Britner has joined as Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Britner will lead operational enhancements, strengthen physician alignment and ensure successful growth across the hospital’s key service lines such as orthopedics, robotics and general surgery. 

“For nearly 50 years, University Hospital and Medical Center has been providing unparalleled care and offering state-of-the-art technological advancements to Tamarac and the surrounding communities,” said Britner. “I was fortunate to work closely with the team in my previous role and look forward to furthering our mission and creating greater opportunities for growth across our service lines and partnerships.”

For more than 10 years, Joe has been instrumental in leading supply chain operations. Prior to joining University Hospital, Britner served as East Florida Division’s Chief Operating Officer of Supply Chain for HCA HealthTrust, where he led 450 employees and operations across 14 hospitals, with more than 4,300 beds and $600M in supply spend. He also successfully oversaw COVID-19 logistics, such as the distribution of vaccines, personal protective equipment and ventilators.

“Joe is a wonderful and respected leader, who has made significant contributions to our organization, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ben Harris, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital. “Under his leadership, Joe and his team were integral in providing necessary supplies 24/7, ensuring that our Division hospitals could provide our patients, colleagues and community with the immediate support they needed.”

While with the Division, Britner also oversaw the implementation of an in-house dialysis program for four of East Florida Division’s largest facilities. He also oversaw an emergency department single scan project, the largest in the Division, which resulted in improved nursing satisfaction and $3.2M in increased revenue.

“Joe provided exemplary leadership while at Division and I know he will help to elevate our hospital’s growth, patient experience and reputation,” said Harris.

Britner earned his Bachelor of Science in supply chain management and marketing and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is a Purdue University Advanced Manufacturing Lean Practitioner.

About University Hospital and Medical Center

University Hospital and Medical Center is a 317-bed acute care hospital. Since opening in 1974, University Hospital has been a leader in bringing breakthroughs in orthopedic care and joint replacement. The hospital recently received several awards from Healthgrades and was named among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for patient safety.

University Hospital is part of HCA East Florida, the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare. HCA East Florida offers multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, urgent care and free-standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,800 employees and has more than 6,900 physicians on staff. For more information, visit

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