Apogee Awards Honorees: Aurelio M. Fernandez

Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, President and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System, has been a healthcare professional for over 40 years in the Tri-County market. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Healthcare System in March 2016. Aurelio is active in numerous organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Catholic Health Services, Chairman of the Florida Hospital Association and a member of Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. He is a recipient of the FIU Torch Award, the highest honor given to alumni who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community, and the University. Additionally, he was inducted into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to healthcare and was appointed to serve on the Transition Also, the Leadership Broward Foundation recognized him with the Excellence in Leadership award.


Fun fact: I love chocolate. I love M&Ms, particularly the red ones. I feel that color influences and for some reason, I start snacking with the red M&Ms.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? I have many, and when I get a chance to get away for dinner on a Friday evening, I visit Vignetos Italian Grill.

What do you like to do on weekends? I love spending time with family and that is where you will find me every weekend.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? I look forward to a long run early in the morning. It re-energizes for the next day.

What is your favorite quote? “Treat others as you would like others to treat you.”

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? By knowing history, I tap into many great leaders that were able to overcome huge obstacles, leaders like Abraham Lincoln.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? I can share two: automating Pan American Hospital and becoming President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? After many efforts, not being able to change a hospital to a profitable position.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Never give up. Perseverance always prevails. Be yourself, not being genuine becomes clear when interacting with others!

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.