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Andre C. Smith Joins Bay Arthritis Institute as Chief Operations Officer

Panama City, FL – February 14, 2024

Bay Arthritis Institute proudly announces the appointment of Andre C. Smith as the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Mr. Smith brings over 13 years of extensive experience in the healthcare industry, demonstrating exceptional leadership in rheumatology specialty medical clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and multi-specialty infusion centers within the private sector.

Andre is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. With a proven track record of spearheading, strategizing, and orchestrating the seamless operation of healthcare facilities, Mr. Smith is well-regarded for his expertise in medical billing and coding. His comprehensive command of revenue cycle management and focus on customer service have consistently driven positive clinical quality outcomes, elevating the standing and rankings of healthcare organizations under his guidance.

“I am thrilled to welcome Andre C. Smith to the Bay Arthritis Institute team as our Chief Operations Officer,” said Dr. Amir Agha, Founder and Medical Director of Bay Arthritis Institute. “His wealth of experience and dedication to healthcare excellence make him an invaluable asset as we continue to provide top-notch care to our community.”

Mr. Smith’s strengths lie in effective communication, meticulous organization, and adept problem-solving—qualities integral to the success of healthcare organizations. As a dedicated biologic coordinator and passionate patient advocate, he is committed to making a meaningful impact on patient outcomes and experiences.

“I am honored to join Bay Arthritis Institute and work alongside Dr. Agha and the exceptional team here,” said Mr. Smith. “I grew up in Bay County, and the patients are like family.  In many cases they are friends, neighbors, teachers, and classmates.  It’s important to me to make sure they get quality healthcare and optimal customer service. I am eager to contribute my skills and experience to further enhance the operations of this esteemed institution, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care to our patients.”

In his role as Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Smith will play a pivotal role in optimizing operational efficiency, implementing strategic initiatives, and fostering a culture of excellence within Bay Arthritis Institute.

About Bay Arthritis Institute:

Bay Arthritis Institute, located in Panama City, FL, is a leading healthcare facility specializing in the diagnosis and comprehensive management of arthritis and related conditions. Founded by Dr. Amir Agha, the institute is dedicated to providing patient-centered care, utilizing the latest advancements in rheumatology to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by rheumatic diseases.

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