DES CUMMINGS JR., PHD, serves as president of the Florida Hospital Foundation and executive vice president for Florida Hospital, the largest admitting hospital in America. Dr. Cummings holds a PhD degree in leadership and management with emphasis in statistical forecasting. Dr. Cummings also holds a master of divinity degree and is an ordained minister.
Dr. Cummings is committed to promoting health and healing strategies that treat the mind, body, and spirit. Motivated by a vision to help people live to a Healthy 100, Dr. Cummings gave leadership to the development of Celebration Health, a showcase hospital in the Disney city of Celebration, Florida. This facility has attracted national and international attention as a model of health and healing for the twenty-first century.
Dr. Cummings is committed to the concept of empowering patients to take charge of their health and distributing medical knowledge into the community. Dr. Cummings is the author or coauthor of four books including Creation Health Discovery. He speaks to national and international conferences on the future of healthcare, specializing in strategies for whole person care, healthy communities, and the hospital of the future. It is his belief that we must recreate a new vision of American healthcare for the twenty-first century that is financially viable and enhances quality of life for all Americans. This task calls for the very best thinking of the brightest minds in American healthcare.
In the Cummings home, health and healing is a family affair. Dr. Cummings’ wife, Mary Lou, is a nurse and health educator who gave leadership to the development of the Florida Hospital Parish Nurse program and Women’s Center at Celebration Health. She has also been an active contributor to the Healthy 100 vision. The Cummings live in Celebration, Florida. They have two adult children, Tracy and Derek, a wonderful son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Denis and Nalani, and two amazing grandchildren, Kelsey and DJ.