Valerie Powell-Stafford, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Valerie is an experienced healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of healthcare management settings. She joined Northside Hospital as the Chief Executive Officer after being the CEO at Englewood Community Hospital for three years. Prior to her CEO role at Englewood, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, FL, Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in Sarasota, FL, and Assistant Administrator at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, FL. Her previous executive leadership experience includes Program Administrator at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL and director of various departments at the St. Joseph Health System in Tampa, FL and Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
Valerie has had many professional and civic affiliations, including Leadership Academy Fellow, The Advisory Board Company; Board member, University of Michigan Health Management Alumni Program; Board Member, Sarasota/Manatee American Heart Association; President-Elect, Englewood Chamber of Commerce; and Board Member, Metropolitan YMCA Board. Additionally, she was honored by the Sarasota YMCA as a recipient of the 2014 Star Adult Achiever Award and Second Chance Last Opportunity as a recipient of the 2017 Community Champion Award.
She is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Administration and a graduate of University of Michigan with a Master's of Health Services Administration degree. Board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow, she has served on the Board of Governors. She previously served as Chairperson, Board of Governors Examination Committee, served on the CEO Search Committee, and served as Western Florida Chapter President. She is also a recipient of the ACHE Exemplary Service Award.
Peter Kennedy, MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Peter joined Northside Hospital from Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where he served as the Associate Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Centennial team, he worked with HCA Virginia at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals (CJW) in Richmond, VA. He joined HCA in June of 2013 from Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems (VCUHS) MCV Physicians, where he held the position of Associate Administrator of Business Development, focusing on community alignment and physician engagement.
Born in Salt Lake City, Kennedy received his bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and his Masters of Health Administration from VCU Medical College of Virginia campus.
Helena Walo, MSN, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Helena has been a registered nurse (RN) for over 28 years, spending the majority of her career in acute care settings ranging in scope and size from community hospitals in urban and suburban settings, to a large level I trauma/academic medical center. Helena's direct-care nursing experience includes medical/surgical/stepdown, low and high-risk labor and delivery, post-partum, nursery, ambulatory practice and as a volunteer RN in a free-clinic.
Helena is an accomplished clinical and operational executive nursing leader with 12 years of progressive leadership experience. She comes to us from the Bon Secours Health System in VA as the CNO of Maryview Medical Center and brings with her a strong track record in nursing leadership, specifically in staff engagement and nursing operations.
Helena received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Summa Cum Laude) from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She went on to earn her Masters in Health Administration from Walden University and Master of Science in Nursing (President's Honors Graduate) from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Northside Hospital, Kristy was the West Florida Division Controller. As the WFD Controller, Kristy developed and implemented several budget and capital planning initiatives across the division. Prior to her division controller role, she served as the Assistant CFO for Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg and Controller for HCA Ocala Health and Advanced Imaging Centers in Ocala, FL. She brings with her a strong track record in financial leadership.
Kristy received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a specialization in Accounting at St. Leo University. She went on to earn her Masters of Accountancy at the University of North Florida.
Rency Atly MSN, RN
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer
After being the Director of Med-Surg for over a year, Rency was named Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. She was born and raised in Kuwait. Rency moved to India to receive her BSN and graduated in 2002. She has been a nurse for over 15 years with clinical experience in Pediatric oncology, Med - Surg, PCU, ICU, and ER. Rency moved to the United States in 2006 and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a MSN in 2011. She has been with HCA for over 11 years having spent ten years at Palms of Pasadena Hospital as a Nursing Director before coming to Northside.
Danny Cox, RN
Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety
Danny has over 25 years of healthcare experience that includes direct patient care, clinical leadership, and hospital operations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, and received his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. Danny holds professional certifications in healthcare quality (CPHQ) and infection prevention and control (CIC). Prior to joining the leadership team at Northside Hospital he worked as a transitional leader for HealthTrust Workforce Solutions, an HCA affiliated company that provides interim leadership and consultation for HCA and other healthcare providers.
Vice President of Human Resources
Tiffani joined HCA in 2004, providing administrative and HR support primarily in the HCA Richmond, VA market. Tiffani has a wealth of experience having worked as an HR Recruiter, Generalist/Business Partner, and Director. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication from George Mason University and master's degree in business administration with a human resources concentration from Strayer University. In addition to providing strategic HR leadership, Tiffani has broad experience including benefits, employee relations and engagement, payroll, leadership and development, and talent acquisition.