Health System President & CEO Appointed Adjunct Professor, Health System Named Internship and Clinical Training Facility

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 30, 2012–Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System has been appointed as an adjunct professor with the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. The Health System will also serve as the internship site for the MHA program and a clinical training site for the University’s School of Nursing students.

“We are very pleased to have Professor Colberg associated with our MHA Program and Georgia Southern University,” says Dr. James Stephens, MHA program director. “His health care executive experience and knowledge will be greatly valuable to the learning process of our graduate students.”

In addition to making academic presentations in the classroom, Colberg will serve as a site preceptor for MHA students completing their internship requirements for the master degree on the Health System campus. The internship includes mentoring by the site preceptor, rotation through the various Health System departments, attending management and medical staff meetings, and completing assigned projects.

Additionally, Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing now has a relationship with the Health System that allows its nursing students to rotate through patient care departments and receive clinical training under the guidance of the Health System’s nurse educators.

“I am excited that the College has chosen our Health System as the internship site for this important health care executive training program, as well as a site for their nursing students to receive clinical training,” Colberg says. “I feel confident that the students in both of these programs will greatly benefit from the expertise of our team members and our area will also benefit by having these students train in our community.”

The MHA Program is a full-time, two-year program with 15 graduate courses and an internship for 45 credit hours. There are about 20 graduate students in the program each year.

The School of Nursing offers both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing, as well as a doctor of nursing practice program. Colberg is extremely active in all facets of health care and the Southeast Georgia community as a whole. In 2011, he was appointed CEO of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals and presented with the inaugural Men of Distinction Award by the Brunswick Chapter of The Links, Inc. In 2007, Colberg was appointed to the Institute of Health Administration Advisory Board at Georgia State University. He is a member of the Glynn County Rotary Club, the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation Board, Coastal Bank of Georgia's Board of Directors, the Coastal Georgia Regional Healthcare Network Board, the Georgia Hospital Association Board, the Voluntary Hospitals of America-Georgia Chapter Board of Directors and the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Before taking the helm of the Health System more than 10 years ago, Colberg had amassed 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 HealthCare Services in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor's degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Community Health Administration from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.