Southeast Georgia Health System Announces Resignation of President & CEO Gary R. Colberg, FACHE

Gary R. Colberg, FACHEAugust 11, 2015 – After 14 years of service, Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, has announced his decision to resign as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Southeast Georgia Health System.

“It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to tender my resignation,” said Colberg. “As I reflect on my tenure at Southeast Georgia Health System, I believe that the entire management team contributed significantly to the operational and financial growth of our organization during those years, overcoming a number of adversities along the way. As to the team that I have built, I truly believe that they are quite capable of carrying on our objectives.”

Colberg has been extremely active in all facets of health care and the Southeast Georgia community over the last 14 years. During his tenure, Colberg has overseen the Health System’s expansion of its facilities and services to include the Outpatient Care Center, Senior Care Centers in St. Marys and Brunswick, the Center for Educational Development, Medical Plazas in St. Marys and Brunswick and the Nunnally House, a lodging facility for cancer patients and family members of critical care patients. Additionally, Colberg has brought innovative technology to the communities of Southeast Georgia, including the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health vehicle, the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System to provide cutting-edge cancer treatment, and the daVinci Robotic Surgery System. Most recently, Colberg was instrumental in laying the foundation for the proposed Coastal Community Health affiliation with Baptist Health System and Flagler Hospital. His many accomplishments have been routinely recognized throughout his tenure at the Health System. In fact, in 2011, Colberg was named CEO of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.

Carl Alexander, who serves as Chair of Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc., offered the following sentiments: “On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Gary for his extraordinary contributions over the past 14 years as our president and CEO. During his leadership, Gary ushered in an era of medical excellence and community support. Under his direction, the Health System has brought critical new medical services, programs and physicians to the people of Southeast Georgia. He has served the Health System and the community well.”

The Health System’s board of directors has selected Michael D. Scherneck, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), to serve as interim president and CEO, in addition to his continued role as CFO. “We are fortunate as a board to be able to name Michael Scherneck as interim president and CEO in order to achieve continuity in leadership,” says Alexander. “Mike has been an integral part of this Health System’s leadership for 12 years and has an impressive track record. We have every confidence in his ability to lead the Health System.”

Although Colberg is moving on to new endeavors, he leaves behind a legacy of dedicated service and admirable achievements that will continue to enhance the Health System and the community of Southeast Georgia.

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