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Published on March 20, 2016

New president at St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County

By Teresa Stepzinski, Clay Sun

James P. Machado, a military and health care veteran, is the new president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County in Middleburg.

Machado is a former U.S. Air Force officer, and has professional certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), which is sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives, headquartered in Chicago.

He will begin his duties April 4 at St. Vincent’s Clay County, which is a 64-bed hospital near the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and Branan Field Chaffee Road.

Machado brings decades of proven military and civilian leadership experience to the hospital, which is one of St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s three medical centers, said Blain Claypool, president of Acute Care at St. Vincent’s HealthCare, which is a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit healthcare system.

“James and his family will quickly integrate into the fabric of Clay County and continue to grow our ministry that is so deeply rooted into the lives of our friends and neighbors,” Claypool said. “We are excited for the Clay County community to get to know him and his wife, Katherine, welcoming them to the Clay family.”

Machado earned his bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College and his master’s degree in business administration from Western New England College, both in Massachusetts. He served a decade in the Air Force, primarily working in the health care field.

Following his military service, Machado held various positions with Community Health Systems Inc., including chief financial officer, chief operating officer and most recently, chief executive officer.

“My career both inside and outside of the military has helped me hone my leadership skills and provided me with a breadth of experience that will no doubt help me as I serve my new neighbors,” Machado said. “St. Vincent’s is such an impressive organization and there is so much positive momentum at St. Vincent’s Clay County. I can’t wait put down some roots and get to work.”

Machado grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts.

Outside of work, he enjoys fishing and golfing, along with watching baseball and football.

St. Vincent’s Clay County, which opened in 2013, is undergoing an expansion including a $33.1 million maternity and women’s services center on schedule for completion late this summer.

The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion will include 30 in-patient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the Emergency Department and a shell to add 30 more beds in the future. It means doubling the size of St. Vincent’s Clay County.

The hospital broke ground for the expansion project May 22. The new facility means more than 100 new positions in a variety of fields, both clinical and non-clinical.

More information about the expansion is available at For more about St. Vincent’s HealthCare, visit

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