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.

Board of Trustees Members

  • Rao Musunuru, MD – Chairman
  • Jorge Ayub, MD – Vice Chairman
  • George Giannakopoulos, MD – Chief of Staff
  • Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D
  • Christine Behan, MD
  • Paula S. O'Neil, Ph.D
  • Mahender Reddy, MD
  • Kevin Spires, MD
  • Ravi Chari, MD - President - HCA West Division - Emeritus

Administrative Team

Regina Temple

Chief Executive Officer

Gina Temple became CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, September 30, 2019. Gina is a Board Certified Hospital Administrator with over 27 years of experience. She will be transitioning from San Antonio where she worked for 3 years within the Baptist Health System in several executive roles. Most recently, Gina served as the President of Mission Trial Baptist Hospital. Prior to Mission Trail, she served as the Texas Group Chief Operating Officer/Chief Operating Officer of North Central Baptist Hospital.

While at Baptist Health System, Gina managed the opening of the Baptist Orthopedic Hospital; led strategy deployment to improve dashboard performance through strengthened organizational alignment and identification of breakthrough initiatives; deployed Lean as the operating management system focused on eliminating waste and optimizing operational efficiencies; and designed and led Leader as Coach monthly education sessions to build leadership acumen and build a culture of service and operational excellence. Before joining Baptist Health System, Gina was the Vice President of Operational Integration for Sutter Health in Sacramento and has also served as an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Gina's passion is developing organizational cultures that yield extraordinary experiences and outcomes for patients, employees, and physicians. She will be making the transition with her husband, Donald Temple, Retired Major USAF. Donald and Gina are the proud parents of sons, George and Grant. She earned a PhD from Walden University, MPA from University of West Florida, and BSN from University of South Alabama.


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

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.


Joseph Pino MD, 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.


Jennifer Robinson

Vice President of Human Resources

Ms. Robinson is a seasoned human resource professional having served in the human resources Department of major corporations since 2000. She came to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point after serving almost five years as Vice President of Human Resources at HCA’s sister hospital St. Petersburg General.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, in 1997. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ms. Robinson has been involved in various leadership positions in the community as Hope Fund Campaign Coordinator, HCA Innovator Award Coordinator, and Frist Humanitarian Campaign Coordinator.

In addition to being a human resource professional with over 17 years of experience in healthcare and the finance industries, she has been an effective consultant and advisor in employee relations, talent acquisition, employee engagement, retention, talent management, performance management, project management, staffing, benefits, coaching and developing leaders.


Medical Executive Committee

  • George Giannakopoulos, MD – Chief of Staff
  • Keshav Ramireddy, MD – Vice Chief of Staff
  • Chirag Patel – Secretary/Treasurer

Department of Medicine

  • Jose Pascual, MD – Chairman
  • Mrunal Shah, MD – Vice-Chairman
  • Adam Lazarus, MD –Chairman – Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Gaurva Kumar, MD – Chairman – Division of Radiology
  • Shaival Thakore, MD – Chairman – Division of Hospitalists
  • Lakshminarasim Venu, MD – Member-at-Large

Department of Surgery

  • Craig Bennett, MD – Chairman
  • Sea Lee, MD – Chairman – Division of Anesthesiology
  • Scott Jarmer, MD – Chairman – Division of Pathology
  • Ernest Block, MD – Interim Chairman – Division of Trauma Services
  • Arthur Verga, MD – Member-at-Large

News Articles

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Regina Temple, PhD, MPA, BSN Named CEO Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

October 4, 2019

HCA West Florida is pleased to announce that Regina (Gina) Temple, PhD, MPA, BSN, is the new President and CEO for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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.

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