John Couris and Mark Runyon of Tampa General Hospital Win Becker’s Highly Successful CEO-CFO Duo 2023

Published: Dec 5, 2023

Couris and Runyon receive prestigious recognition for their leadership and financial acumen in transforming health care through innovation.


Tampa, FL (Dec. 5, 2023) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is proud to announce that its President and CEO, John Couris, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mark Runyon, are honored by Becker’s Hospital Review on the outlet’s 2023 list of 26 Highly Successful CEO-CFO Duos. This award showcases their collaborative efforts in making Tampa General one of the nation’s premier academic health systems, delivering world-class care and conducting groundbreaking research. This marks the second straight year this TGH leadership duo has received this award.


“Together, Mark and I have led Tampa General in elevating the quality of care we provide, expanding access to world-class care across the state of Florida, and recruiting top talent, research organizations and technology firms to the Tampa Medical & Research District, all while maintaining financial stability,” Couris said. “We’re more than a duo – we’re a team. We work alongside many talented professionals and providers who share our vision for access to high quality health care and play an integral role in transforming the health care landscape of our nation.”


Under their joint leadership, Tampa General has achieved remarkable growth in market share across Florida and extended its reach from one hospital with 17 care locations in 2017, to six hospitals and more than 150 care locations in just six years. Furthermore, they are leading the strategic planning and execution of the academic health system’s five-year, $550 million Master Facility Plan — the most substantial capital commitment in the organization’s history.


As part of the Master Facility Plan, Tampa General recently announced an agreement to acquire the Bravera Health network, including three acute care hospitals and their affiliated care locations in Citrus and Hernando counties, expanding the academic health system’s reach to six hospitals and over 150 care locations. Additionally, TGH is planning to construct a new Surgical, Neuroscience & Transplant Pavilion, which will provide additional capacity, new state-of-the-art operating suites and space for education and training, on the main hospital campus.


Couris and Runyon have engaged key stakeholders across the Tampa Bay region to develop and scale the Tampa Medical and Research District. Inspired by renowned medical districts in some of the nation’s most prominent cities, the district is a burgeoning hub of world-class clinical care, academics, research and biotechnology, anchored by TGH and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.


The district draws top-tier clinicians and researchers to Florida, increasing access to experts, cutting-edge research, education and technology for patients and students. Under Couris and Runyon’s leadership, Tampa General is partnering with the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council to expand the district and transform the health care landscape in Florida. Upon completion, a third-party economist projects the district will contribute over $6.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, create more than 41,500 jobs, generate about $4 billion in GDP and contribute $798 million in federal, state and local tax revenues.


These concerted efforts have led to significant improvements in the quality of care and patient outcomes at Tampa General, as shown by externally measured quality scores and safety ratings. Additionally, Couris’ and Runyon’s shared dedication to investing in the personal and professional development of team members from all levels and roles has resulted in team member engagement scores consistently rising from the 40th to the 87th percentile.


“It’s an honor to receive this award alongside John Couris and to partner with him in driving Tampa General’s growth and financial success. John’s clear vision and compassionate leadership style inspire our team to reach new heights. As we continue our work together, I’m excited to see how Tampa General grows and evolves,” Runyon said.


In the past three years, Tampa General has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including Newsweek World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Forbes America’s Best-in-State Employers, Newsweek Best Cancer Hospitals, and Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals, among others.

Couris, Runyon and the remainder of this year’s honorees are profiled online here.