Dreicer named Baptist Medical Center Beaches president after Mitrick retires

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Jarret Dreicer, FACHE, MHA, vice president of operations for Baptist Beaches, assumed the role of hospital president on Tuesday, Jan. 10, following the retirement of Joe Mitrick, FACHE, a day earlier. The latter served 28 years with Baptist Health.

Mitrick began his career at Baptist Health in 1995 and served as hospital president for Baptist Beaches for more than a decade.

During his tenure, Baptist Beaches was named a World’s Best Hospital by Newsweek, received a 5-star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, received the Pinnacle of Excellence award for patient satisfaction from Press Ganey, and consistently received an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.

In addition to serving as the leader of Baptist Beaches, Mitrick served as the president of transitional care for Baptist Health since 2011. In this role, he was the lead for ensuring that hospitalized patients requiring ongoing care or assistance with their day-to-day routines after discharge receive the support they need. He and his team have worked closely with many post-acute care providers to ensure excellent continuity of care.

“Joe’s contributions to Baptist Health have been immeasurable, and his leadership has had a profound impact on the entire community,” said Matt Zuino, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist Health. “He has done a superb job of setting the stage for a smooth transition for Jarret to assume the role of hospital president of Baptist Beaches.”

Dreicer joined Baptist Health in 2005 as a research analyst and was named system wide director of operational performance improvement in 2013. Prior to his current position, he served as assistant administrator for Baptist Beaches as well as serving on the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center leadership team for program implementation.

In November 2021, Dreicer moved to Baptist Beaches full time to work closely with Mitrick in preparation to assume the hospital president role. As vice president of operations, Dreicer has overseen the Clinical Laboratory, Imaging, Cardiopulmonary Services, Rehabilitative Services, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, Environmental Services, Food Services, Plant Facilities, Security, Safety, Emergency Management and Construction.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better choice than Jarret to continue a legacy of great leadership for the Beaches community,” Zuino said. “Jarret brings tremendous amount of passion and expertise to this vitally important and impactful role.”

Dreicer earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, a master’s degree in information age marketing from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Florida.

He is deeply involved in the community, serving as a board member of the Beaches Division of the JAX Chamber, Baptist Home Health by Bayada, DLC Nurse & Learn and Jacksonville Country Day School. He was previous chair for Beaches Habitat for Humanity and the Baptist Health United Way campaign.

Dreicer is a member of UNF’s Health Administration Advisory Board and is a founding member of UNF’s Healthcare Administration department. In 2021, Dreicer received UNF’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2018.

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