Baptist Health South Florida
Phillis Oeters is the Corporate Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Outpatient Services, and Baptist Health Foundation. In this role she is responsible for strategic planning of government and community relations, developing a state and federal legislative agenda to include issues of health-care funding, insurance regulation and general health policy development, as well as family and work life issues. In addition, she is responsible for the interface with local government as it relates to permitting, zoning and general expansion plans for Baptist Health.
Ms. Oeters serves on many community boards, including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Way, Nat Moore Foundation, Actors’ Playhouse and Orange Bowl. She was 2009-2010 Chairman of the Orange Bowl Committee. She was also Chairman of the Board from 2003-2008 of the Neurologically Injured Compensation Fund for the State of Florida, a billion dollar fund responsible for caring for children injured at birth.
Ms. Oeters has been a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross and was Chairman of the Board for Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter 2002-2005. She has chaired the Spectrum Awards for Women for the past 10 years. She is a founding member and past Chairman of the President’s Council of 100 for Florida International University.
She has also been active in the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Miami Bridge and the University of Miami’s Cancer Link and Camillus House.
Some of Ms. Oeters community recognitions include Distinguished Alumna from Barry University; American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year Award; Big Brothers, Big Sisters Miami’s Miracle Makers Award; the Bill Colson Award for Leadership; South Florida Business Journal Influential Business Women Award; the Nancy Hughes Community Commitment Award for ethics in government, presented by Miami-Dade County Days; the L. Russell Norton Community Service Award presented by Chamber South; the Miami-Dade County Commission on the Status of Women’s In the Company of Women Award; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Salute to Miami’s Leaders Award and the United Way’s Dorothy Shula Community Service Award.
Ms. Oeters came to Miami in 1981 to attend Barry University where she received her master’s degree in social work. She has been a Miami-Dade resident for more than 25 years, living most of that time in Coral Gables. She has an 11-year-old daughter, Raquel Peña. Ms. Oeters is an adventure traveler and avid sailor and an accomplished equestrian. In 1988, she was the first woman to win the J/30 North America Sail Championship presented by the American Yacht Club.