Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Names Gary R. Colberg as its CEO of the Year

(Greensboro, GA) – The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) honored Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, President and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System (SGHS) in Brunswick, as its 2011 CEO of the Year.

Every year at its annual conference, the GACH recognizes the contributions of a CEO who has helped push their hospital to be successful, while continually focusing on innovative options for their institution to provide more community benefits. In short, the GACH honors the hospital leader who uses their skill and constructive imagination to see how much they can give for a dollar, instead of how little.

“At a time when our hospital leaders are facing more challenges than ever before, the importance of recognizing and encouraging forward thinking CEOs like Gary Colberg has never been greater,” said GACH President Monty Veazey. “We know how hard Gary works and the challenges he faces,” continues Veazey, “we think the public should know too and that is why the Alliance recognizes him as our 2011 CEO of the Year.”

This year, the Alliance honored Colberg for his leadership in helping SGHS thrive financially and improve qualitatively in the face of a downturned economy. During his tenure, SGHS has expanded its capabilities, to include a new, comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Center and a state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center that includes a CyberKnife program, of which there are only two in Georgia and only 222 in the world. Gary Colberg has also facilitated a drastic financial transformation, from a $13.5 million deficit, to an $11.1 million profit, in his first year alone.

Outside of the Southeast Georgia Health System’s success, this CEO provides broad support within his community. Colberg contributes to numerous professional and community organizations, including the Institute of Health Administration Advisory Board at Georgia State University, adjunct professor at Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University and as past President for his area Boy Scouts of America. His achievements were chronicled in David Herdlinger’s book, Healing a Hospital, which describes the Health System’s six-year financial, business and community turnaround.

In receiving the honor, Colberg thanked the GACH and committed himself to continued innovation and philanthropy benefiting SGHS and his community.