Healthcare Day for the Leadership Englewood 2024

March 25, 2024 at 9:15 p.m.


What do a miniature therapy horse, a fire engine, a robot and a warm-scented towel all have in common? They were all featured prominently recently during Healthcare Day for the Leadership Englewood 2024 class.

The program, led by the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, provides an opportunity for those in the business community to achieve personal and professional development by learning more about the community, testing leadership skills, strengthening their network and making a meaningful contribution to the community. HCA Florida Englewood Hospital hosted the group for an “insider’s look” at the hospital operations. Class members met with CEO Joe Rudisill to hear about services provided and plans to break ground for a new freestanding emergency center in the Wellen Park. Class members learned about the robotic-assisted surgery program and took turns utilizing the surgical console. The class then visited patients at the hospital to share get-well cards designed by the 2D Art Class students at Lemon Bay High School and handed out scented warm towels. In a stop at the Englewood Area Fire Department Station 71, Chief Kevin Easton provided an overview of how his crew is often the first to respond when someone is having a health crisis in the field now that they have paramedics on the units. “Three of our four stations have advanced life support capability,” said Chief Easton. Hope, the miniature therapy horse from Branded Heart Stables, met the group at Brookdale Rotonda Senior Living, where they visited with the residents to brighten their day and tour the facility. The class also visited the HCA Florida Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, Rejuvenate Mobile IV Hydration and Gulf Pines Memorial Park. To learn more about Leadership Englewood, visit In this photo, the class donned surgical grade PPE for an up-close look at the robotic surgery unit at the hospital.