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!