Always striving to improve himself and his community, Mark Kent became CEO for the CAC-Florida Medical Centers last November. He hopes to add value to the products the health care organization delivers by providing education and preventative care while putting patients first.
“By focusing on those unmet needs,” he said, “by focusing on you as a holistic patient, by designing the proper prevention and chronic disease management programs, by helping you not only to stay out of the hospital but ensuring that you’re getting the right care at the right time, that adds the value to the system.”
Shortly after Mr. Kent assumed his current role CAC-Florida Medical Centers opened two centers in Orlando. Mr. Kent said the company is planning other expansions.
With a Medicare-eligible patient base that is about 83% Hispanic, CAC-Florida Medical Centers often partners with the state, Medicaid and Medicare to create a benefit structure for patients with an income of less than $20,000 a year, Mr. Kent said, adding that health care reform is necessary to combat the rising costs associated with receiving care.
A nurse by training, Mr. Kent said that his background has helped him understand and engage with physicians and staff to better serve patients.
“We’re in the health care delivery space, so it’s critically important and fundamentally helpful to have a clinical understanding when you’re engaging staff, speaking with a physician or engaging the patient,” he said. “I love being in our medical centers. That adds credibility when you’re having conversations with a provider that you truly understand.”
Mr. Kent discussed his career and CAC-Florida Medical Centers with Miami Today staff writer Patricia Hoyos at a Hialeah medical center.