New CEO, new doctor coming soon to Boca Grande

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The Boca Grande Health Clinic is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilja R. Bilodeau, RN, as the Chief Executive Officer of Boca Grande Health Clinic.

Bilodeau will assume her duties beginning August 1, 2016. She replaces John Sielert, who is retiring October 1, 2016. Bilodeau comes to the Clinic with a long and distinguished healthcare career beginning with her training and clinical work as a registered nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital through to her present executive position with Harbor Medical Associates in Weymouth, Mass.

In her present role she is vice president of practice operations, with direct responsibility for the management of clinical operations for a multispecialty clinic, an AAAHC-accredited endoscopy center, an IAC- certified vein center and an urgent care center. During her tenure in her present position, which spans more than 19 years, she was instrumental in growing the practice from 15 to 75 physicians and from two locations to eight.

As the new CEO, Bilodeau is excited to assume the leadership of the Boca Grande Health Clinic. She looks forward to working with the dedicated Clinic staff who are committed to providing exceptional healthcare to the community. Bilodeau and her husband, Paul, currently live in Cohasset, Mass., where they both grew up. They have three grown children. He is a local fire captain and will be retiring in the fall. Both are avid boaters and golfers. They have a home in Rotonda West, where they will make their permanent residence.

“All of us are very excited to have Hilja join the Clinic,” said Will Farish, chairman of the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation and Chair Peter Nicholas of the Boca Grande Health Clinic in a written statement. “She brings a wealth of experience and will provide excellent leadership for the Clinic well into the future. She and her husband have vacationed in the area for many years and know Boca Grande well and will be great additions to the community.”

Representatives for the Clinic also announced that Lauren Hana, MD, will begin seeing patients starting July 11 at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, where she will soon become a full-time physician on staff.

Dr. Hana comes to the Boca Grande Health Clinic from the University of Florida, where she has been a full-time assistant professor and hospitalist for the past five years. Prior to her present position she maintained a private practice in general internal medicine for 15 years. Throughout her medical career, she has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic and other complex medical conditions in adults, with emphasis on both men’s and women’s health. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency at Northwestern University Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals. Dr. Hana is board-certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Hana and her husband, Rick, have two grown children. Their daughter, Alexandra, is completing graduate school at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and their son, Maxwell, lives and works in Tampa. Dr. Hana and her husband will reside in Boca Grande.