Personnel note: Florida Medical Association extends Tim Stapleton’s contract

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The Florida Medical Association today announced changes to its senior staff.

“I am pleased to announce that the Florida Medical Association’s Board of Governors has extended the contract of our Executive Vice President, Mr. Tim Stapleton, for five more years,” stated Miguel Machado, M.D., the recently- installed 135th President of the FMA.  “Tim has brought extraordinary executive leadership and organization management skills to the FMA and we are proud of the accomplishments that been have achieved during the past three years since Tim has taken over as our EVP.”

Tim Stapleton was first appointed as the FMA’s Executive Vice President in October of 2008.  During the past three years, the FMA has seen record increases in membership revenue and has won significant victories in the Florida Legislature.

“The medical profession is the most noble profession in the world.” stated Stapleton. “It is an honor to serve Florida’s physicians. I appreciate the confidence that the FMA Board of Governors has placed in me and look forward to advancing our organization’s goals over the next five years.”

Stapleton announced two personnel changes among the senior staff at the FMA.  Jeff Scott is now the General Counsel and Rebecca O’Hara has been hired as the new Vice President of Governmental Affairs.

As General Counsel, Jeff Scott will serve as the chief attorney for the FMA and will continue to be integrally involved in the FMA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.  In addition to serving as the chief legal and policy advisor, Scott will work directly with the Executive Vice President on business development and other strategic initiatives.

“Jeff is one of the brightest health care lawyers in the country.  He is a fierce advocate for the medical community and I look forward to utilizing his talents to advance the goals of the FMA,” stated Stapleton.

Rebecca O’Hara, who will be joining the FMA staff on September 14, 2011, is currently the Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications at the Florida League of Cities.  As Vice President of Governmental Affairs, O’Hara will be responsible for managing the FMA’s legislative agenda.  She will oversee the FMA’s legislative advocacy efforts and will manage the FMA’s lobbying team.

“I am excited to welcome Rebecca to the FMA team,” stated Stapleton.  “Rebecca has an impeccable reputation as a thoughtful and dedicated advocate and I know that she will do a terrific job representing the interests of the physicians of Florida.”

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