Chief Executive Officer, Homestead Hospital
Bill Duquette is chief executive officer of Homestead Hospital, a 142-bed community hospital that is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, he leads a team of more than 1,200 employees, 400 physicians and 150 volunteers. Prior to being tapped as CEO in 2006, he has served in various administrative positions throughout his 22-year tenure with Homestead Hospital, including vice president of operations, administrative director of laboratory services and performance improvement coordinator.
During his leadership, Mr. Duquette has overseen quality improvement initiatives that have made Homestead Hospital a local and national leader for patient care, as recognized with a two-time Top Urban Hospital award by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. Mr. Duquette has also been responsible for the hospital’s compliance with The Joint Commission, accreditation of the laboratory by the College of American Pathologists, and has overseen the development of a strong hospitalist program, consisting of Board-certified internal medicine physicians who care for 85 percent of the patients admitted to Homestead Hospital, in addition to an innovative laborist program.
In addition to his hospital leadership, Mr. Duquette is active in the community. He is a Board member and former Chairman of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Duquette is also a member of the Rotary Club of Homestead, Homestead Civitan Club and was named the Homestead Civitan Club’s Citizen of the Year for 2011. He is also a board member of the South Florida Hospital Association.
Mr. Duquette earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Gladis, live in the Redland and have an adult daughter.