Health System President, CEO Wins Healthcare Executive Award

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 10, 2009–The Georgia-Coastal Plains Region of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), recently presented Southeast Georgia Health System President & CEO Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. Tom Sands Jr., FACHE, regent for Georgia-Coastal Plains, ACHE Region 2, presented this annual award during the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual membership meeting Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Hyatt Regency in Buckhead.

The Coastal Plains Region of ACHE encompasses most of Georgia from the city of Macon east and south. Each year the Region presents the award to a senior-level healthcare executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by contributing to the development of others in the healthcare profession, as well as being a positive influence in his or her community.

“Gary is the consummate coach and mentor, who endeavors to develop his team and advance any organization with which he has been involved,” says Health System Vice President Marjorie A. Mathieu, RPh, FACHE, who nominated Colberg for the award. “At the Health System, he planned and implemented the formation of an Outpatient Care Center, to include consolidated medical and radiation oncology services which were previously unrelated both physically and organizationally. The result has been a world-class cancer program. When Gary arrived at the Health System in early 2001, the organization had just experienced a significant reduction in force and was financially troubled. Just one year later, a multi-million dollar deficit had been converted to a surplus, with no reduction in services offered.”

In addition, Colberg is very active in the community and currently serves on the boards of the GHA, The Coastal Bank of Georgia, College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Georgia Association of Community Hospitals, Institute of Health Administration at Georgia State University, and Georgia Regional Healthcare Network. He is also president of the Okefenokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Brunswick Rotary Club, and is serving his second term of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Mathieu adds.

ACHE is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants each year.