Ronald R. Rasmussen Named CMO of Palms of Pasadena and St. Petersburg General Hospital

Ronald R. Rasmussen, D.C., MD, MBA
Ronald R. Rasmussen, D.C., MD, MBA

Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital announce the appointment of Ronald R. Rasmussen, D.C., MD, MBA, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for both facilities. Dr. Rasmussen is board certified in general surgery and comes to St. Petersburg from Daytona Beach, Florida, where he practiced surgery for 15 years and held a wide range of leadership positions including Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Rasmussen also served in the Navy for several years as a general surgeon and in command positions. While in the Navy he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2003 to January 2004.

Dr. Rasmussen received his medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. He also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic where he graduated cum laude. In 2012 he received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida. He completed general surgery residency at Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He has three grown children and is married to Denise, who is a nurse practitioner first assist. In their spare time he and his wife enjoy running half-marathons.

As the HCA South Pinellas Market CMO, Dr. Rasmussen will work collaboratively with respective hospital medical staffs and administrative leadership teams to champion local and West Florida Division HCA enterprise wide quality initiatives.

“I am truly proud to join an organization that delivers high quality, world class care that is personalized to every patient. I look forward to working closely with physicians and the leadership teams both at Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St Petersburg General Hospital”, said Dr. Rasmussen.


 About Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Palms of Pasadena Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited, full service 307-bed acute care facility. The hospital provides comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical and surgical services, wound care services and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.  Weight loss/bariatric surgery is provided through Florida Bariatric Centers. Palms of Pasadena Hospital is an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Atrial Fibrillation Center and has earned accreditation in CT Mammography, MRI and Nuclear Medicine from The American College of Radiology.  Palms of Pasadena Hospital has earned The American Heart and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence with Adolescent Qualification (ASMBS).  For more information about the hospital, please visit our website

About St. Petersburg General Hospital

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services including labor and delivery, post-partum and nursery.  St Petersburg General Hospital is a designated Blue Distinction Center + for Maternity Care; accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection; Chest Pain Center; Certified Advanced Primary Stroke and AFib Center; Accredited Cancer Center, a Robotic Center of Excellence, Designated LBGTQ Leader since 2013 by the Healthcare Equity Index, and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter.  For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at


St. Petersburg, Florida
July 2, 2019


Tara Jerse