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Miami Cancer Institute Names Michele Ryder, R.N., Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer

January 14, 2016

Michele Ryder, R.N.Michele Ryder, R.N., has been named chief operating officer/chief nursing officer for Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. In this role, Ms. Ryder provides leadership and support for the Cancer Institute’s business and nursing operations along the patient care continuum, including the Infusion suites, multidisciplinary clinics, radiation oncology and ancillary services.

Ms. Ryder’s extensive professional background encompasses over 37 years in both patient care and executive positions. She is a clinical expert in hospital operations and has been responsible for the growth of the renowned neuroscience and surgical programs at Baptist Hospital of Miami, where she began her career 29 years ago in surgery and the post-anesthesia care unit.

“As a well-respected leader with many years at Baptist Health, Ms. Ryder’s experience and commitment to excellence will help lead nursing and business operations for Miami Cancer Institute,” said Wayne Brackin, Baptist Health executive vice president and chief operating officer.

A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and South Florida Organization of Healthcare Executives, Ms. Ryder also sits on the board of Living Hope Haiti. In this capacity, she has organized more than 24 Baptist Health surgical trips to the country, which provide life-changing surgery for Haitian residents in need.

Ms. Ryder holds two masters degrees in nursing and healthcare administration from the University of St. Francis.

About Miami Cancer Institute
Miami Cancer Institute offers comprehensive cancer services and is expanding its clinical services, clinical trials and state-of-the-art technology, including offering the first proton therapy treatment in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Cancer Institute, designed to be a world-class clinical center and research destination, will move into its new spectacular facility in 2016.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities spanning three counties. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has more than 16,000 employees and 2,200 affiliated physicians and also includes Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network, Baptist Outpatient Services and internationally renowned centers of excellence. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. Baptist Health is listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (#23 in the nation) and has remained on the list for 15 years. It was also recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. Visit

Contact: Georgi Pipkin, 786-596-3309

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