Health System Welcomes New Administrative Resident

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 22, 2009 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome Savannah native Christopher B. Burns as the new administrative resident. For the next 12 months, he will complete four rotations of three months each working with different members of the Health System’s administrative team to gain real world experience in health care administration. This is the seventh year the program has been in place and it provides the resident exposure to meetings and operations at the highest level of management. Ultimately, it provides a starting point for a career in health care administration, as is evidenced by former administrative resident Adam Brown, who now serves as the Health System’s manager of Service Excellence.

Burns graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a medical emphasis from the University of Georgia in 2005. In May 2009, he completed his Master’s in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His previous experience includes working as an emergency department technician at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia, and as a central sterile technician at the University of North Carolina Health Services in Durham, North Carolina. Additionally, Burns has worked as a research assistant at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and as an administrative intern at the Center for Maternal & Infant Health, both in Chapel Hill.

Burns says he is excited about the opportunities the residency program at the Health System will afford him. “I found out about the position via the American College of Healthcare Executives Web site. Once I researched the organization and met the senior leadership, I was very impressed by the ongoing projects of the Health System and the professionalism and knowledge of the leadership team,” Burns says. “I was also impressed by the size of the Health System—not so large as to get lost and large enough to have many exciting opportunities for learning. I think this is a fantastic opportunity and look forward to being part of the Health System team.”

Burns and his wife Melissa have moved to coastal Georgia with their one-year-old son Cameron.