Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints TGH Senior Director of Patient Safety to Florida Board of Medicine | Tampa General Hospital

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints TGH Senior Director of Patient Safety to Florida Board of Medicine

Published: Jul 13, 2022

Tampa General Leader, Nicole Justice has been selected to serve on the Florida Board of Medicine. 

Tampa, FL (July 13, 2022) – Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Tampa General Hospital Senior Director of Patient Safety Nicole Justice to the Florida Board of Medicine. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

“Tampa General is committed to excellence in patient care and this appointment is further recognition of that commitment as well as the expertise and integrity of Tampa General’s leadership team,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. “Nicole has been outstanding in perpetuating and elevating our safety standards and we would be honored for her to serve on the Florida Board of Medicine.”

Justice is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, a member of the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety, has completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Patient Safety Executive program, is an alumni of Leadership Tampa’s class of 2019 and is the past Chairman of RISE Tampa’s board. Justice earned her bachelor’s degree in management from the University of South Florida and her master’s degree in jurisprudence in health and hospital law and pharmaceutical and medical device compliance law from Seton Hall University’s School of Law, South Orange, N.J.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Florida Board of Medicine and to represent Tampa General,” Justice said. “I have a deep passion for enhancing the focus on patient safety in the delivery of health care. I will be honored to serve if approved for the Florida Board of Medicine.”

The Florida BoardofMedicine plays a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia, and the medical community.

The Florida Board of Medicine licenses, monitors, disciplines, educates, and when appropriate, rehabilitates physicians and other practitioners to ensure their fitness and competence in the service of the people in Florida. It consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

In addition to Justice, other Tampa General Leaders appointed by the Governor to serve on state boards are Maja Gift, director of Pharmacy Services to the Board of Pharmacy in 2021 and Dr. Seema Weinstein, manager of Psychology and Neuropsychology, to the Board of Psychology in 2021.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed, not-for-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 2021-22 Best Hospitals, and one of the top four hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious 2021 Forbes magazine rankings – America’s Best Employers by State, third out of 100 Florida companies and first among health care and social organizations, and 13th nationally in America’s Best Employers for Women. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2020, provided a net community benefit worth more than $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. 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 six 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 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area 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 the 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