Don Jernigan, former president and CEO of AdventHealth, died on Saturday at the age of 75.
Jernigan retired in 2016 after leading the organization for more than a decade. During his tenure, Adventist expanded from a 37-hospital system to a 46-hospital system, and revenue grew 9% over the past 10 years, according to a news release. Adventist reported $10.9 billion in operating revenue in 2018.
"I will be forever grateful for the time and energy Don put into building AdventHealth and developing others," wrote current AdventHealth CEO and President Terry Shaw, in a LinkedIn post on Monday. "I personally benefited from Don's focus on mentoring and investing in people. His legacy will live on in our organization and in the communities we serve."
Jernigan has held other executive leadership roles at the Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based system, including executive VP, senior VP and CEO of Florida Hospital in Orlando and the Florida division.
He is a diplomat at the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the board of trustees at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and a member of the board of Florida Hospital.