Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is committed to providing the highest-quality medical care. We are proud of everyone who contributes to the care and services of patients. Whether it is clinical care and medical services or our support staff - everyone has an important role in contributing to the health of our community.

Mission Statement

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life by caring for those we serve with Integrity, Compassion, shared Accountability, Respect and Excellence in the services we deliver.

Board of Trustees Members

  • Rao Musunuru, MD - Chairman
  • Steve Sacone - Vice Chairman
  • George Giannakopoulos, MD – Chief of Staff
  • Sharon D. Hayes - CEO
  • Bruce Mills
  • Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D
  • Thomas Castriota
  • Jorge Ayub, MD
  • Paula S. O'Neil, Ph.D
  • Peter Marmerstein - President – HCA West Florida Division - Emeritus

Administrative Team

Sharon D. Hayes

Sharon D. Hayes

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon D. Hayes became the Chief Executive Officer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in February, 2018. Hayes brings more than 35 years of experience in numerous healthcare management settings with strong clinical and operational expertise to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Prior to joinng Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, she served as CEO at Palms of Pasenda and Edward White Hospital; COO of Chippenham Medical Center, a 466-bed HCA facility in Richmond, Virginia and Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Chief Nursing Officer for CJW Medical Center, a 758-bed, two campus system in Richmond. Other experience has included serving in COO and CNO roles in South Florida hospitals and as Director of Emergency Services at King Fahad Hospital in Saudi Arabia.

Sharon earned her Master of Business Administration with honors from Florida Atlantic University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Her extensive community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women, Creative Clay, Mr. Strong Foundation.


Joe Rudisill

Joe Rudisill

Chief Operating Officer

Joe Rudisill became the Chief Operating Officer for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in March 2017. Joe has over 10 years of experience in healthcare operations, strategic and capital planning, and medical staff development in large, tertiary hospitals and physician practice.

Before joining Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Joe served as the Associate Chief Operating Officer for Henrico Doctors' Hospital, a 340-bed, Level II trauma center in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining HCA, Joe was the Director of Operations at Virginia Urology, a 42-physician multispecialty practice, and he spent six years in progressive leadership roles at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, a 391-bed acute care hospital in Richmond.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Melanie Wetmore

Melanie Wetmore

Chief Nursing Officer

Melanie Wetmore became the Chief Nursing Officer for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in June 2018. Before joining Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Melanie served as the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Oak Hill Hospital.

Ms. Wetmore has over 20 years of experience in emergency care and nursing leadership. She began her career in Rochester, NY and served in emergency nursing in Torrance, California, Tucson, Arizona, and Tampa, Florida.

Ms. Wetmore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Brockport in Brockport, New York. She attained a Master of Science degree in nursing leadership from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville. She is in the process of completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ms. Wetmore is a Board-Certified Nurse Executive, Certified Emergency Room Nurse, and holds certification in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, and pediatric advanced life support. She is also a trauma nursing course educator.


tom lawhorne

Tom Lawhorne

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Lawhorne was named Chief Financial Officer of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in December 2011. Tom has more than 20 years of financial management and leadership experience in the healthcare industry.

Since 1993 Tom has served in Financial and Operational leadership roles in HCA Hospitals in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and now Florida. Tom’s diverse experience lends itself to both the financial and operational aspects of hospital leadership. Tom has developed and implemented strategic objectives related to healthcare legislation, payer reimbursement, capital deployment, medical staff development, service line development, volume growth, and operational efficiencies.

Before joining Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Tom served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for HCA’s Lewis-Gale Hospital Pulaski, a 147-bed facility in Pulaski, VA. Tom served HCA in Virginia for 14 years. Tom also served as CFO for an HCA facility in Kentucky, and as a Controller for an HCA facility in North Carolina.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.


joe pino

Joseph Pino M.D., MBA, FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Joe Pino has practiced Family Medicine and Geriatrics in our community for thirty years. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of The Lutheran Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency, the first Family Medicine training program in New York City.

Prior to starting his career in medicine, Dr. Pino served in The United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He then attended Hunter College of the City University of New York where he received his degree in Health Sciences. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine with a dual certification in Geriatrics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He received his MBA from The University of Phoenix.

He has been the Chief Medical Officer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point since 2006. Over the course of his career he has served as Medical Director, Medical Advisor and Board Member for many community organizations and institutions. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Regional Medical Center and a Past President of the Pasco County Medical Society.


Sherry Pressner

Sherry Pressner

Vice President of Human Resources

Ms. Pressner comes to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point from Citrus Memorial Hospital where she served as VP of Human Resources. Ms. Pressner has held various human resource positions within the HCA system since 2009, including Vice President of Human Resources at Memorial Hospital of Tampa and human resources generalist at Community Hospital - Medical Center of Trinity in New Port Richey.

Ms. Pressner holds a Bachelor's of Human Services Administration degree from Saint Leo University and is currently working on her Master's degree in human resources at Capella University.


Medical Executive Committee

  • George Giannakopoulos, MD – Chief of Staff
  • Pierre Totti, MD – Vice Chief of Staff
  • Keshav Ramireddy, MD – Secretary – Treasurer

Department of Medicine

  • Jose Pascual, MD – Chairman
  • Chirag Patel, MD – Vice-Chairman
  • Victor Randolph, MD – Interim Chairman – Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Gaurva Kumar, MD – Chairman – Division of Radiology
  • L. Venu, MD – Member-at-Large

Department of Surgery

  • Craig Bennett, MD – Chairman
  • Kevin Spires, MD – Vice-Chairman
  • Sea Lee, MD – Chairman – Division of Anesthesiology
  • Scott Jarmer, MD – Chairman – Division of Pathology
  • Scott Norwood, MD – Chairman – Division of Trauma Services
  • Arthur Verga, MD – Member-at-Large
  • Christine Behan, MD – Immediate Past Chair

News Articles

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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Appoints Melanie Wetmore, MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC, as Chief Nursing Officer

June 18, 2018

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Wetmore, MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC, as Chief Nursing Officer.

Sharon Hayes Named CEO for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

February 2, 2018

Peter Marmerstein, FACHE, President of HCA West Florida, announced Sharon D. Hayes, RN, BSN, MBA, has been selected as CEO for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Appoints Aaron Preston as Director of Medical/Surgical

October 10, 2017

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point proudly announces the promotion of Aaron Preston, RN, BSN, as Director of Medical/Surgical Services.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Named Recipient of Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award

April 18, 2017

Regional Medical Center Bayonet announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Appoints Sherry Pressner as Vice President of Human Resources

Mar 10, 2017

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Sherry Pressner as Vice President of Human Resources.

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