Tampa General Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Published: Mar 9, 2021

By Tampa General Hospital


Annmarie Chavarria is a visionary leader who will drive development and organizational leadership for

Tampa General’s nursing team.


Tampa, FL (March 9, 2021) – Tampa General Hospital has appointed Annmarie Chavarria, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC to the position of senior vice president and chief nursing officer. Chavarria joins Tampa General from Abington Jefferson Health, part of the Thomas Jefferson University system in the greater Philadelphia area, where she served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer.

“We’re excited to welcome Annmarie to the Tampa General team,” said Kelly Cullen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tampa General. “Her kind, visible and data-driven leadership style, as well as her ability to foster strong communication and collaboration across all interdisciplinary teams including nurses and physicians, will be a great asset in achieving our vision to be the safest and most innovative academic health system in America.”

Chavarria will be responsible for leading all inpatient nursing services across Tampa General with a focus on further developing cross-functional collaboration among nursing teams across hospital departments. Her leadership background includes strategic planning, budget development and management, shared governance, as well as performance improvement.

“Tampa General has a strong reputation as a leading academic medical center and the culture is evident at all levels of the organization. I’m looking forward to working with the team on further developing the hospital’s world-class care and compassionate culture,” said Chavarria. “My approach is to consistently find ways for team members to support each other in pursuing our goals.”

Additionally, she will use her expertise in leading the Magnet nursing recognition process to help Tampa General in continuing to meet the rigorous standards of earning the highest national honor in professional nursing practice. Tampa General has achieved Magnet recognition four consecutive times from 2005 to 2019.

Chavarria has more than 15 years of nursing leadership experience and holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from La Salle University, Philadelphia; a Master’s of Science in Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management from Drexel University, Philadelphia and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Holy Family College, Philadelphia. She also earned a nurse executive advanced certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Her professional memberships include the American Nurses’ Association, the Clinical Nurse Leader Association, the American Medical Surgical Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the Southeastern Organization of Nurse Leaders. Chavarria has presented at numerous professional conferences on a variety of topics.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1007-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 19 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.