Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Robert Thornton joined the executive staff of GBMC HealthCare in July 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and serves as a member of the GBMC HealthCare Executive Team.
Most recently, Mr. Thornton served as president of Patronus Healthcare Business Solutions in Tampa, Florida. Prior to his role with Patronus, Mr. Thornton was employed for 15 years as the Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO for Bayfront Health System, a large, urban, multi-facility healthcare system anchored by Bayfront Medical Center, a 480-bed trauma center and teaching hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Under Mr. Thornton's leadership, Bayfront financed a campus expansion including a new women's center, a heart center, 12 new operating room suites and a new eight-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit. He was able to deliver these projects, which greatly enhanced Bayfront's capacity in key clinical areas, while improving the system's overall financial reserves and credit profile. Mr. Thornton recently led the Board of Trustees at Bayfront through the successful execution of its strategic initiative to secure a partner that would protect the mission while providing improved access to capital, growth, cost savings and best practices.
Mr. Thornton earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Florida.