President & CEO
Since taking the helm as President & Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Georgia Health System in March of 2001, Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, has ushered in a new era of financial stability, medical excellence and community support. Under his direction, the Health System has brought critical new medical services, programs and physicians to the people of Southeast Georgia. In 2011, his many accomplishments were recognized by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals when they named him the 2011 CEO of the Year.
During his career, Mr. Colberg has amassed more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership, including positions as senior vice president for Birmingham Operations for Medical Center East-Eastern Health System Inc. and as a vice president with Jewish Hospital Health Care Services in Louisville, Ky.
Mr. Colberg's career is one of some renown, particularly since joining Southeast Georgia Health System. In 2007, he was named to the Institute of Health Administration Advisory Board at Georgia State University. In addition, the Coastal Medical Access Project honored him with their Francis Xavier Selgrath Achievement Award, a distinctive award named for their late executive director. He also received the College of Coastal Georgia's acclaimed Miracle and Best Co-Pilot awards.
In February of 2009, Mr. Colberg received the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award, a coveted honor given by the Georgia-Coastal Plains Region of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In May 2009 he was presented the Silver Beaver Award, the Boy Scouts of America's highest council-level distinguished service award. Author David Herdlinger also recognized Mr. Colberg's outstanding leadership qualities in his book, "Healing a Hospital: The Successful Turnaround of Southeast Georgia Health System." In February 2011, the Brunswick Chapter of The Links, Inc., presented Mr. Colberg with the inaugural Men of Distinction Award.
In 2012, Mr. Colberg was presented with the third-annual Judge Anthony A. Alaimo Award for Public Service at the College of Coastal Georgia in recognition of the Health System’s wide-ranging service and generosity to the community. The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University honored Mr. Colberg with the Community Advocate Award in 2013 for the Health System’s role in advancing the mission and development of the Medical College of Georgia. In 2014, the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America awarded Mr. Colberg the Golden Eagle Award for his commitment and dedication to young people.
Mr. Colberg earned a bachelor's degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in Community Health Administration from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Colberg is extremely active in all facets of health care and the Southeast Georgia community as a whole. He is a member of the Glynn County Rotary Club and the Voluntary Hospitals of America-Georgia Chapter Board of Directors. Mr. Colberg is also an adjunct professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University and the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Updated June 2015