UM Hospital CEO David Zambrana Receives Hispanic Leadership Award

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., the CEO of University of Miami Hospital, received the Hispanic Leadership Award in the health care category March 20 at the annual awards luncheon held by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The awards luncheon is a signature event that recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in a variety of fields within the Hispanic market of South Florida.

“The award recognizes you as a top health care professional in Miami Dade County,” said Chamber President/CEO Liliam M. Lopez. “Your leadership in taking University of Miami Hospital to the next level is palpable, and we applaud and admire you for this.”

“I am very honored by this recognition,” said Zambrana. “Individuals who know me know that I am very proud of both being Cuban American and having the privilege to work in health care. I share this award with the employees and the medical staff at UMH and UHealth who work tirelessly to improve the health and minimize the suffering of our patients, their families and our community.”

Zambrana has held key leadership positions throughout South Florida at Hollywood Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Delray Medical Center and UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served as Chief Nursing Officer. It was from that job that he returned to South Florida in 2008 to take the position of Chief Nursing Officer at University of Miami Hospital.

Less than a year later, Zambrana was asked to take on the combined role of Chief Operating and Nursing Officer. In 2014, he was named the hospital’s CEO. Today, with more than 24 years of healthcare experience, he runs a dynamic hospital operation with more than 2,400 employees.

Zambrana holds a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He is currently a candidate for a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing, with a concentration in organizational behavior, leadership and healthcare systems.

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