Newly appointed Brandon Regional Hospital CEO, Bland Eng, 41, smiles to the camera in his new office earlier this month. Eng is replacing Mike Fencel, who served the Brandon community as the hospital CEO for the past 14 years. Fencel has moved on to a new job as North Florida division CEO for Health Management Associates.

After 14 years at Brandon Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Fencel, 52, said goodbye to his staff and friends last month and began a new job as North Florida division CEO for Health Management Associates. 

Fencel’s career move opened the way for hospital staff to welcome newly appointed CEO, Bland Eng, 41, whose move to the Brandon area was much more than just filling the void. 

“For me, coming to Brandon was good for several reasons,” Eng said. “Besides the chance of leading a great hospital, the move allows me to bring my family to live in a great community.”

Eng wasted no time by turning his attention to building onto the programs that began under Fencel’s supervision, including improving the emergency room and the focusing on the hospital’s open-heart surgery program, which has been making headlines  recently and setting the facility apart from the others in the Tampa Bay area.

“While my focus is first and foremost on the ER, I also see a lot of opportunity for expansion of  the women’s center and our pediatric care unit,” Eng said.

The work at hand is nothing Eng can’t handle considering his 17-year history with HCA, The Healthcare Company in Florida, including the past five years as CEO at Palms West Hospital in East Florida with great success expanding that facility.

Prior to Palms West Hospital in East Florida, Eng held positions as CEO of Lake City Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Central Florida Regional Hospital and Putnam Community Hospital.

Eng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a B.A. in English from the University of Miami and an Master of Business Administration/Master of Healthcare Sciences from the University of Florida.

In a couple of months, Eng will be joined by his wife, Erica, 4-year-old daughter, Ava, and 9-year-old son, Brandon, who upon seeing the community’s welcome sign on S.R. 60 and the name of his dad’s new workplace, had no problem with relocating to ‘his’ town, Eng said.

For Eng, the task ahead is by no means a walk in the park.

What was once serving a local neighborhood now has a 398-bed acute care facility, which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. 

It has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the highest level of care offered to neonatal patients) dedicated to supporting the Baby Suites in which  more than 75,000 newborns have been born and cared for.

While one of the busiest in the area. the BRH emergency center offers public access to average wait times. 

The hospital offers the latest in technology, including robotic surgery for gynecological and urological conditions and CyberKnife for the non-invasive treatment of select cancers.

BRH claims a position of being a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, a Bariatric Center of Excellence and has received the highest rating for quality cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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