BRANDON, Fla. (January 4, 2022) - HCA Florida Brandon Hospital has promoted Melissa Bell, MSN, RN, CEN, to vice president of Emergency Services. Bell has successfully served in the position at an interim level since September 2022.
In this role, Bell will oversee the operations of Brandon Hospital’s Emergency Department, Children’s Emergency Department, five free-standing Emergency Departments in Lakeland, New Tampa, Plant City, Riverview, and Temple Terrace and Emergency Medical Services transport that includes three ambulances.
Bell joined Brandon Hospital in 2016 as manager of the Emergency Department. She then served as manager of the hospital’s Medical/Surgical Inpatient Unit from 2017 to 2018. In 2019, Bell began a new position as manager of HCA Florida New Tampa Emergency and HCA Florida Riverview Emergency, which are both a part of HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. Bell was then promoted in early 2022 to director of Brandon Hospital’s free-standing Emergency Departments.
“Melissa has served in several leadership roles during her time at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital,” said Kelly Lindsay, chief operations officer at Brandon Hospital. “She is able to execute fast-paced strategies and maintain collaboration with our seven Emergency Departments. Most importantly, her passion and urgency to be the ER of choice are genuine and palpable by all.”
Bell holds a Master’s in Leadership from Galen College of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sentara School of Health Professions.
About HCA Florida Brandon Hospital
Accredited by The Joint Commission, HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is a 431-bed acute care facility that is nationally ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson. The hospital offers a number of specialty services including a Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, Children’s Emergency Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Burn and Plastic Surgery Center, Weight Loss Surgery Center of Excellence, Comprehensive Stroke Center, and The Women’s Center, which includes the baby suites and Level III neonatal intensive care units. Additional services include an orthopedic program, comprehensive hand program, and lymphedema surgery. The hospital’s ER is one of the busiest in the state, with adult and children’s centers on its main campus and five additional emergency locations in Lakeland, New Tampa, Plant City, Riverview and Temple Terrace. The hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive in Brandon, FL. For more information, visit HCAFloridaBrandonHospital.com.