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Lars Houmann Named Chief Operating Officer for Adventist Health System

Houmann has 35 years of health care experience, more than 25 with Adventist Health System.

12/15/2016  |  By Christine Stewart

Lars Houmann, executive vice president for Adventist Health System (AHS) and president/CEO of its Florida Division, has been promoted to chief operating officer for AHS, effective immediately. In this role, Houmann will oversee all of the organization's hospital divisions, comprised of 46 hospital campuses in 10 states, as well as enterprisewide operational functions that advance the patient care model.

"I have worked with Lars for 20 years and am excited to have him as the second in command for AHS. With him in this role, the entire organization will benefit from his tremendous experience and expertise running complex and sophisticated health care networks. Our company is blessed to have the learnings and continuity provided by Lars as he continues to lead Florida and now expands his leadership to our other communities," said Terry Shaw, president/CEO of Adventist Health System.

Houmann's career with Adventist Health System spans more than 25 years. He began his career in Seventh-day Adventist health care in 1981 as budget director for New England Memorial Hospital, where he later became administrative director. In 1985, he became administrator of Florida Hospital's Center of Psychiatry, and in 1987, he accepted a position as administrative director for the Mountain View campus of Simi Valley Adventist Hospital. From 1989 to 1993, he held leadership roles for several for-profit hospitals in California and Arizona. He returned to Adventist health care in 1993 as a vice president for Florida Hospital, overseeing facility management for multiple campuses as well as the system's behavioral health services. Houmann became administrator for Florida Hospital Altamonte in 1996, with additional leadership responsibilities for Florida Hospital Kissimmee and Florida Hospital Apopka. In 1998, Houmann became chief operating officer for a three-hospital region of Florida Hospital, and administrator for Florida Hospital Celebration Health. In 2001, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Florida Hospital system. Houmann went on to serve as its president and chief executive officer from 2006 to 2015, when he became executive vice president for Adventist Health System and president/CEO of its Florida Division.

"I look forward to serving AHS in this new capacity. We know that our organization must become a more integrated, effective and affordable system and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead that work, which will benefit every community we are privileged to serve," said Houmann.

Houmann received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington Adventist University and his master's degree in health care administration from Loma Linda University. He also holds an honorary doctorate in health care administration from Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Houmann, raised in the U.S., was born in Ethiopia to Danish parents, who moved there to provide health care as Seventh-day Adventist missionaries. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Apopka, Florida and have three adult children.