Clearwater & Sarasota – Empath Health is pleased to announce its senior-level chief positions serving the newly merged not-for-profit created by the merger of Empath Health and Stratum Health System. The full life care provider serving Tampa Bay and southwest Florida provides care and support for those with chronic and advanced illnesses and/or those dealing with grief.

Empath Health CEO Rafael J. Sciullo said, “I am proud of the stellar qualities and expertise this leadership team brings to our organization, coupled with a deep understanding of our focus on the mission for serving our communities as a nonprofit. This team will help shape Empath Health’s next chapter, so we can serve even more people during some of the most challenging times of their lives.”

“With mission being at the center of our purpose and service at Empath Health, these senior leaders will focus on continuing that charge, so we never waver in truly being the leaders in life-changing care,” said Jonathan Fleece, President of Empath Health.

Saida Bouhamid, MBA–Finance, ACHE, Chief Mission Financial Officer

Bouhamid and her team are working to unite the financial teams to ensure the continued financial strength and stability of the new organization. She was Stratum’s Chief Financial Officer for more than 10 years and Chief Operating Officer since 2015. Bouhamid has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting, a Master of Business Administration and Finance from Webster University and is a Certified Advanced Hospice Executive. She serves on the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Finance and Public Policy committees.


Lynne Craver, Chief Mission Implementation Officer

Craver leads Empath Health’s Mission Service Organization that shares the organization’s expertise by partnering with other hospice and healthcare organizations to provide technology, financial and other services. Craver joined Empath Health in 2013 and served in roles that include overseeing the admissions and technology teams and the recent conversion to a new electronic medical records system. She has a Bachelor degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Journalism from North Central College.


Randal B. Currin, Jr., Chief Mission Strategy & Integration Officer

Currin and his team will oversee internal project management across all entities, change management as the two legacy organizations continue to come together, managed care initiatives, strategic planning and internal training. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Blake Medical Center, an HCA hospital, and has more than 13 years of healthcare administration experience. Currin received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Alan Weldy, JD, MBA, Chief Legal & Mission Excellence Officer

Weldy oversees legal affairs and the safety, quality, compliance and equitable access efforts of Empath Health. He joined Stratum Health System in 2020 and has 34 years of legal experience and more than a decade of healthcare compliance experience. Previously he was General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources and Compliance at Goshen Health in Indiana. Weldy earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his Master of Business Administration Degree from Indiana University.


Empath Health is currently conducting a nationwide search to round out this team with its Chief Mission Access Officer, who will be charged with ensuring everyone in our service areas has full and equitable access to our programs and services.


About Empath Health

Empath Health is the country’s largest not-for-profit health system delivering non-acute care and services through its skilled, medical and holistic programs to individuals with chronic, advanced and terminal illnesses and those experiencing grief. We were created in 2021 through the merger of two leading nonprofit, integrated networks of care: Empath Health, serving the Tampa Bay region and Stratum Health System, serving Southwest Florida. The Empath Health integrated network of care provides expert medical, counseling and support services including hospice; home health; palliative care; grief services; all-inclusive elder care; HIV/STI prevention, services and support; primary care; and physician services. Empath Health serves more than 7,000 people a day, creating a bridge between chronic, advanced and terminal care and providing seamless integration based on individual needs. Collectively, we have nearly 90 years of experience serving individuals during some of their most vulnerable times. Our wide variety of community-based programs reflects our commitment to the preservation of our charitable mission.