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Senior VP of Baptist Resigns after Executive's Death

Pensacola - A Senior Vice President of Baptist Health Care who was on a boating trip that claimed the life of another Baptist executive has resigned.

Senior Vice President David Wildebrandt turned in his resignation yesterday.  Baptist Health Care spokesperson Candy McGuyre tells Channel 3 News it was a personal decision.  Baptist employees were notified today. 

On Friday, October 18th, Wildebrandt went on a boat trip with three other Baptist employees including Senior Vice President & CFO Kerry Vermillion.  Vermillion died during that boat trip.  Vermillion disappeared in Santa Rosa Sound.  His body was found 2 days later. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife is investigating the death and says the medical examiners report will be released after toxicology reports are done. 
 
Also on the boat were Baptist employees Maria Halpin and Lea McLoughlin.  All three survivors told FWC investigators they went swimming at sundown, but didn't realize until later that Vermillion did not return to the boat.

Wildebrandt was Senior Vice President and President for Baptist Health Care, Inc.  Senior Vice President Scott Raynes will now take over on an interim basis all operational responsibilities for Baptist Hospital, Inc.  Raynes is currently responsible for Gulf Breeze Hospital, Andrews Institute, and Baptist Medical Park Navarre.

Vice President Sharon Nobles will take over and coordinate financial functions of Baptist Health Care also on an interim basis.  These responsibilities were previously handled by Vermillion.