Mental Health Services
Florida State Hospital
Senior leadership Team
Marguerite Morgan, Hospital Administrator
Marguerite J. Morgan serves as the Assistant Hospital Administrator for Administrative Services. Management responsibilities include oversight of Financial Services, Civil and Forensic Canteens, Print Shop, Pharmacy, Post Office, Emergency Services (Fire and Security), Housekeeping, Food Services, Operations & Facilities, Materials Management (Property & Purchasing), and the hospital Information Systems liaison.
Marguerite has 24 years of experience at Florida State Hospital, and has served as Assistant Hospital Administrator for Civil Services, Unit 14/15 Director, Unit 27 Director, Rehabilitation Therapy Supervisor, Rehabilitation Therapist, and Behavioral Program Specialist. She currently manages two multi-million dollar contracts for the Hospital.
Mrs. Morgan holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Emory University, has been certified in Behavior Analysis and Operational Performance Excellence, and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program at Florida State University.
Jim McKnight, Assistant Administrator
Jim McKnight, a native of Tampa Florida, comes to Florida State Hospital from North Florida Child Development where he has been employed as the Chief Operating Officer Inc. His previous work experience includes service as the Chief Executive Officer of Doctors’ Memorial Hospital, the CEO North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. and Administrator of Crenshaw Community Hospital.
Mr. McKnight is a graduate of Jesuit High School, and holds an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Hillsborough Community College, a BA degree in Psychology from The University of South Florida, and an MS degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. Presently he serves on the Board of Trustees of Gulf Coast State College and is the chairman of the Gulf County Planning and Review Board and chairman of the Gulf County Republican Party.
His charitable and civic contributions have included participation in the United Way Campaign, Relay for Life, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and football and baseball coach at the youth and high school level. Past professional memberships include leadership roles in mental health, hospital and community health center associations’ and boards.
Annie Jackson, Operations
Annie D. Jackson has served as an Assistant Hospital Administrator at Florida State Hospital since July 1997 with her most recent appointment being that of Assistant Hospital Administrator of Operations. As the Assistant Hospital Administrator for Operations, Ms Jackson is responsible for the day to day operation of the five residential units at Florida State Hospital. The residential units serve individuals with civil and forensic commitments. Civil Services is comprised of 490 beds and Forensic Services is comprised of 469 beds. Individuals admitted to the Civil Services are Baker Act by the Court while those admitted to Forensic Services are court committed as Incompetent to Proceed or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. There are 832 Direct Care and Support employees in Operations.
Mrs. Jackson has 22 years of experience with the Department, all of which has been at Florida State Hospital. During this time, she has held numerous positions at Florida State Hospital prior to her current position appointment, including Forensic Administrator, Assistant Administrator for Residential/Civil Services, Hospital Social Work Consultant, Mental Health Program Analyst/Team Coordinator, and Senior Human Services Counselor Supervisor.
She received a Master of Social Work, as well as, her Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from The University of Alabama and is licensed in the States of Alabama and Florida. She completed the Certified Public Manager’s Program and the Certification in Gerontology from the Florida State University.
Josefina Baluga, M.D. Hospital Clinical Services
Josefina M. Baluga, M.D., has served as the Hospital Clinical Director of Florida State Hospital since May 2006. As Medical Executive Director, she is responsible for the oversight of all Medical Staff, Nursing, Psychology, Dental Clinic, Clinical Laboratory, Outpatient and Specialty Clinics, Medical Services Unit and Emergency Room. She started employment with Florida State Hospital in January 2003; became Medical Service Director, Civil Service in 2005; then Hospital Clinical Director in May 2006. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Florida State University School of Medicine and a Clinical Preceptor, Barry University Physician Assistant Program.
Dr. Baluga received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu City, Philippines and worked as a General Practitioner for the Ministry of Health, Philippines. She completed a psychiatry residency from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-COM) in Springfield, Illinois and worked in various roles including Associate Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Consulting Psychiatrist for The Hope School and the Macoupin County Mental Health Center. From 1998 to 2003, she completed physician peer reviews for CIMRO (Central Illinois Medical Review Organization), an independent peer review organization.
Dr. Baluga holds active professional licenses in the States of Florida and Illinois. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Jim Warren, Programs
Jim Warren has served as the Assistant Hospital Administrator over Rehabilitation Services since 1995. He is responsible for the daily operation of six (6) departments that provide direct rehabilitative and substance abuse services to residents as well as training and management support services to employees. This includes the Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Services, Social Services, Quality Service Planning, Staff Development, Quality Improvement Program and Volunteer Services. Under his direction, these areas take the lead on innovative initiatives such as CARF Accreditation and the Governors Sterling Award, Recovery Planning for providing hospital treatment services, Performance Improvement Scorecards and Management Performance Reviews, the introduction and development of Psychiatric Rehabilitation programs, development of the CompKit Competency Recovery Program, systematization of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics psychotropic medication review process and measurement system, Medication Cost Reduction planning, Hospital Annual Reports, Seclusion and Restraint use reduction strategies, and major problem solving, analysis and special report development projects for the hospital and departmental requests.
Mr. Warren has 33 years of experience, all of which has been at Florida State Hospital. Prior to the positions with Administration, he worked as a Music Therapist, Rehabilitation Therapy Programs Supervisor and Unit Director. Mr. Warren has also served as the Residential Services Director for all Civil Services residential units and as Director of the Social Learning Program. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of West Florida, a Master's degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University, a Master's degree in Public Administration from Florida State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education from Gulf Coast Seminary School.
Kathi Kilpatrick, Institutional Counsel
The Office of General Counsel is the statewide legal office for the Department of Children and Families. Kathi Lee Kilpatrick represents Florida State Hospital and provides legal counsel and advice to the Senior Leadership Team regarding employment practices, discrimination, and discipline since October 2001. Mrs. Kilpatrick represents the hospital in administrative hearings involving the Baker Act, Title VII, ADA, FLSA, FMLA and the Whistleblower Act. She assists hospital administration in the ongoing development of operating procedures and training initiatives for institutional management, administrative services and human resources.
Mrs. Kilpatrick has more than 28 years of litigation and leadership experience in both government and private organizations. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi
Faye Kimrey, Human Resources
Faye R. Kimrey has served as Florida State Hospital's Human Resources Director since November 2000. As Human Resources Director of Florida State Hospital, Ms. Kimrey is responsible for maintaining the activities of employee relations, recruitment, payroll, records, background screening, Workers' Compensation, insurance, and benefits and classification for Florida State Hospital.
Ms. Kimrey has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and began her career at Florida State Hospital as a File Clerk. During those 30 years, 15 years were spent working with the Department of Corrections in various local facilities. While employed with the Department of Corrections, Ms. Kimrey held several positions ranging from Personnel Aide to Personnel Manager.
In 1999, Ms. Kimrey returned to Florida State Hospital and subsequently was selected for the Human Resources Director position in 2000. During her 30 years of experience, Ms. Kimrey worked in every area of Human Resources and gained valuable hands on experience.
Michael K. McCormick, Resident Attorney/Risk Management / Advocacy Office
Michael K. McCormick is a senior attorney employed at Florida State Hospital since March 1996. During the entire tenure of his employment at the facility, he has served as the Resident's attorney. As the Resident Attorney Mr. McCormick provides legal representation, primarily in the area of family and civil law, to residents undergoing treatment at the Hospital.
Since July 1, 2011, he has served as the supervisor of the Resident Advocacy/Risk Management Department. This Department is responsible for the operation of a systematic resident grevience process and other related advocacy processes including Hospital wide Ward Government, management of resident drop in center, and responding and assisting external advocacy groups. The Department monitors and tracks Resident Injury and Events, conducts and leads Hospital wide safety meetings and monitors and tracks workers compensation incidents and claims.
Mr. McCormick is a graduate of the Florida State University Law School.
Eileen T. Murray, Resident Advocate
Eileen Murray is the Resident Advocacy Coordinator for Florida State Hospital and has served in this position since 1994. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mr. Murray advocates and serves as the voice of residents to senior management. Eileen has the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the Resident Grievance Process, the Critical Event Reporting Process, and the Abuse Investigation and Reporting Process. The Freedom House Drop In Center for residents comes under the purview of the Resident Advocacy Office. Mr. Murray acts as the liaison to external advocacy agencies such as the Florida Local Advocacy Committee and the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Murray has 31 years of experience with the Department, previously working as a Child Abuse Investigator for 10 years and as the Adult Abuse Investigations' Supervisor in Gadsden County for 5 years. Eileen has served in her current position for 16 years. Ms. Murray received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Sacred Heart College in Belmont, North Carolina in 1974 and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University in 1977.