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
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.