Season 6 Episode 1: A Seat at the Table Featuring M. Sandra Severe CEO Jackson North Medical Center

Grant McGaugh . S6E1 . 42:53

Welcome to the Follow the Brand Podcast, I am your Host Grant Mcgaugh, and I want to welcome you to our special edition episode.

Those with an executive presence work well under pressure, communicate clearly, and have a confident, capable persona.

Although executive presence may seem like a natural ability that predisposes some professionals for the executive suite, it’s more often an important skill that takes hard work.

My guest Sandra Severe is the combination of personality and character traits that make a dynamic executive.

M. Sandra Severe is senior vice president and chief executive officer of Jackson North Medical Center Hospital, a 382-bed acute care hospital located in North Miami Beach.

Affiliated with the world-class Jackson Health System, one of the nation’s largest public health systems, Jackson North offers a full spectrum of services and is staffed by nationally-respected physicians and healthcare professionals who practice various medical specialties.

Ms. Severe is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at Jackson North, which serves the residents of north Miami-Dade and south Broward counties.

Ms. Severe joined Jackson in 2014 and grew in leadership positions throughout Jackson’s behavioral health facilities.

She most recently served as Jackson Memorial Hospital’s chief operating officer, nimbly overseeing a wide range of ancillary and support services for the health system’s 1,547-bed flagship facility.

During her time at Jackson Memorial, Ms. Severe provided administrative oversight of the hospital’s $100 million construction project to build the three-story UHealth Jackson Critical Care Pavilion, a facility that adds 79 ICU beds to the organization’s critical care capacity.

She was also the executive lead on Jackson’s robust COVID-19 lab operations, which provided nearly 200,000 COVID tests to patients, physicians, and employees during the pandemic. She was a model for other healthcare entities in developing testing algorithms used to ensure patient safety and throughput.

Before joining Jackson, Ms. Severe served as director of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s early intervention program, the largest federally and state-funded program at the children’s hospital that provided services for children with special needs; and as a health care policy consultant for Smile Initiatives of Massachusetts, a mobile dental clinic that provided comprehensive onsite dental care to schools and government offices throughout New England.

Ms. Severe is an adjunct professor at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is a regular guest lecturer and panelist at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.

She is a member of several organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, the United Way Women United and Young Leaders, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

A native of Miami, Ms. Severe earned her Ph.D. in public health and disease promotion from Florida International University, as well as a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Let us welcome Marie Sandra Severe to the Follow the Brand Podcast Where we are building a 5 STAR Brand That You Can Follow!

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