Archbold Announces Hartsfield as Vice President of Medical Affairs

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Archbold Announces Hartsfield as Vice President of Medical Affairs

Monday, January 23, 2012

Archbold Medical Center is pleased to announce that Mel Hartsfield MD, JD, has been named vice president of Medical Affairs for the health system. Hartsfield is board-certified in emergency  medicine and an accomplished medical executive.

Dr. Hartsfield earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Florida State University and a medical degree from the University of Florida. He completed an internship in internal medicine  and a residency in preventive medicine at the University of South Carolina, where he also earned a master’s degree in public health.

Dr. Hartsfield began his medical career in Southwest Georgia with Archbold in 1986. He continued to practice emergency medicine in South Carolina and North Florida for a total of 19 years. He worked in public health, initially as a clinician in public health clinics in North Florida, and later as a District Health Director in South Carolina. Dr. Hartsfield graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1994, and returned to Archbold to assume the Vice President of Medical Affairs position in 2001.

In 2007, he was named the Assistant Dean of the Tallahassee Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine, where he was responsible for supervising the clinical  education of third and fourth-year medical students.

“I am delighted to return to Archbold in this role,” said Hartsfield. “I have the highest regard for the Archbold Medical Staff, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to focus on  quality, efficiency and providing the best care for our patients.” 

Hartsfield’s responsibilities include managing relationships between the medical staff and the hospital, credentialing, peer review, risk management and physician recruitment.

“Archbold has an outstanding reputation in this region,” said Hartsfield. “One of my goals is to grow on what we already have at Archbold—excellent, qualified physicians. We will continue to  seek the best and brightest physicians to fulfill the healthcare needs of our region.”