Personnel note: Toby Philpot joins Health Management Associates as Director of Government Relations

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Toby Philpot has joined Health Management Associates as Director of Government Relations for the Florida Group of Health Management Associates.  He will be directly responsible for advocating on behalf of Health Management before the Florida Legislature and state health care agencies, as well as the Florida congressional delegation.   

Toby most recently served as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Transportation.  Previously, he served as a political director to Senate President Mike Haridopolos.  Toby first entered state government at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration where he served as Deputy Communications Director and Special Assistant to the Secretary, participating in several significant reforms, including the publishing of hospital quality metrics online and reforms to the Medicaid program. 

A member of the Florida Bar, Toby previously clerked for the Washington, D.C., based lobbying firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers, and subsequently served in the Office of United States Senator George LeMieux. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.