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Senior Management Team

Kristopher Hoce
President, Morton Plant Hospital

After a national search, Kristopher Hoce was appointed president of Morton Plant Hospital in January 2011.

Mr. Hoce has 28 years of experience in health care administration and comes to Morton Plant from Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, North Carolina. As Pardee's president and chief executive officer, he was responsible for leading the 222-bed community hospital.  

Hoce's professional experience also covers 16 years with Forum Health in the Warren/Youngstown, Ohio, area where he began as senior vice president and was subsequently promoted to president and chief executive officer. Hoce is also experienced in the areas of urgent care, home health, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation and physician relations.   

 Hoce received his educational training from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His professional affiliations include Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives, vice chair, District 1 North Carolina Hospital Association and vice president, Western North Carolina Health Network, as well as local boards and memberships in the Hendersonville area.

Lou Galdieri, MHA, BSN
President, Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital

Currently serving as president of Mease Dunedin Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital, Lou Galdieri joined Morton Plant Mease in 2000 as a part-time nurse recruiter, advancing to director of planning shortly thereafter.

Mr. Galdieri began his career as a nurse more than 20 years ago, and came to Morton Plant Mease from Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. There he held a variety of leadership and nursing positions including clinical director, perioperative services; director, patient and staff relations; director, professional services; manager, same-day admissions; staff nurse, post anesthesia care unit; and staff nurse, medical/surgical/urology.

Mr. Galdieri earned a master’s of science degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1999. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and a nursing diploma from the Community Medical Center School of Nursing in Scranton, Penn.

He has been published in several professional journals and received the 1995 Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Achievement Award for “Partnering for Customer Service.” He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives. Mr. Galdieri is also chairman of the board of directors for the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.


Michael Yungmann
President, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Michael Yungmann comes to Morton Plant North Bay from Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, VA where he was chief executive officer of the 300-bed facility. While at Southside, he was instrumental in attaining national certifications and accreditations for the hospital’s cancer, stroke and cardiology programs and developing or enhancing such services as spine and joint, emergency care, bariatrics and gastroenterology.

Mr. Yungmann is experienced in working with major health organizations, including Community Heath Systems, a leading operator of general acute-care hospitals and, as a former resident of Pasco County, is familiar with the area. In addition to Pasco Regional Medical Center, his hospital experience also includes Lake Wales Medical Center, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

He holds a bachelor’s of health science in physical therapy from the University of Florida and a master’s of business administration from Saint Leo University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the board of Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.


Lisa Johnson, RN
Vice President of Patient Services, Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Named vice president of Patient Services in 1998, Lisa Johnson brings more than 20 years of progressive nursing leadership to Morton Plant Mease Health Care. Ms. Johnson joined Morton Plant Mease in 1994. She served as director of progressive care, administrative liaison at North Bay Hospital and then director of patient services at North Bay before assuming her current position.

She began her career at the University of Tennessee Medical and Research Center in Knoxville, Tenn. and has held nursing leadership positions at Clearwater Community Hospital in Clearwater, Fla. and Riverside Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla.

Earning her master’s degree in nursing from Drexel University in 2006, Ms. Johnson also holds a master’s degree in human resource management from the Florida Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from St. Leo College, a registered nurse diploma from the Fort Sanders School of Nursing, and has earned nursing administration advanced certification.

Ms. Johnson has been nominated for numerous state and local nursing leadership awards. She received the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Region II Nursing Leadership Award in 2004 and the Mary Wilmarth Nursing Leadership Award in 2007. Her work has been published in professional journals, and she has served as president of the Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives.


Ernestine Bean, CFRE
President & CEO, Morton Plant Mease Foundation

Ernestine Bean is the president and CEO of Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation, a $100 million institution providing philanthropic support to the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

After several years as a small business owner and a community volunteer, Ernestine joined the Foundation in 2001 as the Special Events Coordinator and has since been a key player in the success of the Foundation. Her roles at the Foundation have included director of corporate giving, director of major gifts, and vice president of development.

Community service has been a passion for Ernestine for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors for the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. She is a past sustainer president of the Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin and a past president of the Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin Foundation. She is also a WOW member of the Children’s Home Society Silver Coffee Committee.

Ernestine received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2010. She is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), where she has served as a member of the Conference Advisory Council and as Education Track Dean of Annual Giving and Major Gifts. Ernestine has been a speaker at several local organizations as well as AHP Regional, National and International Conferences.


Stephen H. Jacobs, MD, FACP
President, CEO and Medical Director, Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc.

Stephen H. Jacobs has served as the president, CEO and medical director of Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc. since 1999. He joined Mease Health Care in 1984 and then the staff at Morton Plant Hospital in 1986. Dr. Jacobs became vice president and associate medical director for Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc. in 1995 with responsibility for physician recruitment.

In 1972, Dr. Jacobs earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York, N.Y. He subsequently was on faculty at the NYU School of Medicine from 1975-1982, where he was an Instructor in Clinical Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Jacobs served as a lieutenant commander and flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy from 1982-1984. He received the United States Naval Achievement Medal for his work on the training manual for flight surgeons at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla.

Dr. Jacobs maintains an internal medicine practice in Clearwater, Fla. He serves on the board of trustees of Morton Plant Mease Primary Care and is a past member of the board of directors of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation.