Tampa General Hospital Welcomes Oscar Horton to Its Board of Directors

Published: Mar 28, 2023

The Florida business leader brings deep experience in enterprise growth and strong community relationships to the Tampa General Hospital Board of Directors.


Tampa, FL (March 28, 2023) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH), one of the leading academic medical centers in the country, today announced the addition of Oscar J. Horton to its Board of Directors.

"The Tampa General Board of Directors is excited to welcome Oscar. His extensive knowledge and experience, paired with his strong ties within our community, will position us well to work with the executive leadership team on strategic planning and designing what’s next for Tampa General and how that will shape the future of health care and medical research in Tampa Bay and beyond,” said Phil Dingle, chairman of the Tampa General Hospital Board of Directors.

Upon approval of his appointment last month, Horton joined 14 other members on the Tampa General Board of Directors, adding to the Board’s collective breadth and depth of expertise across various industries, including real estate, finance, health care, private equity and more.

Horton is the chairman and CEO of Horton Holdings LLC, which owns and oversees the operations of Sun State International and Sun State Real Estate. Horton spent 25 years at International Truck & Engine’s financial corporation, ultimately serving as the vice president and general manager of the company’s Foundry Business, where he was responsible for overall profitability and multiple critical segments of the business. He currently serves as president and CEO of Sun State International, where he increased revenue, profitability, employee morale, and customer satisfaction. Under his leadership, Sun State International has grown to one of the largest minority-owned businesses in Tampa Bay.

“We look forward to working closely with Oscar in his new role as a board member,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “We’re confident Oscar will bring an important and unique perspective as we strive to expand access to world-class care, further develop our cutting-edge Research and Medical District, and leverage our shared community relationships to improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout the Tampa Bay region.”

Active in the Tampa Bay community, Horton serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Tampa, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and the University of South Florida’s Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as chairman of the Board of the Academy Prep Center of Tampa, and as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Jacksonville Branch.



Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-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 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven 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 Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America's Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 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 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. To see a medical care professional live anytime, anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer, visit Virtual Health | Tampa General Hospital (tgh.org).  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 provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.