NGHS Administration

Carol Burrell

Carol Burrell

President and CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • BS in Medical Technology, Emory/Georgia Southern
  • MHA - Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University
  • Responsible for all health system operations including clinical, support and human resources, facility and construction projects, physician practice management

James Bailey, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer
  • BS, Pre-medical studies, Davidson College
  • Ph.D., Physical chemistry, University of North Carolina
  • MD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Responsible for optimizing clinical information technology systems to meet the needs of physicians and clinical staff, as well as ensuring access to the most appropriate data to manage patient care and measure clinical outcomes
Tony Herdener

Tony Herdener

CFO - Vice President, Finance
  • MBA, University of Puget Sound
  • Responsible for financial planning, reporting, investments, capital formation, treasury, risk management, internal audit, managed care and Health Partners (PPO Network)
Sam Johnson - Small

Sam Johnson, MD

Vice President, Medical Affairs
Chief Medical Officer
  • MD, Medical College of Georgia
  • MMM, Tulane University
  • Responsible for overseeing Medical Staff Services, Performance Improvement, Case Management and Risk Management departments; also serves as liason for NGHS' relations with the medical staff
Sonja McLendon

Sonja McLendon

Chief of Operational Excellence
  • BS in Biology, University of North Carolina
  • MEd, Sports Medicine, University of Virginia
  • MBA, University of South Carolina
  • FACHE, Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Responsible for Pharmacy, Lab, Imaging, Rehabilitation Institute, Behavioral Health, Bariatrics, Orthopedics/Neurosciences, Hospice, Security, Plant Operations, Environmental Services and Nutrition Services
Linda Nicholson

Linda Nicholson, CPA

Vice President, Controller
  • BS in Accounting, University of Georgia
  • Responsible for Accounting, Financial Planning and Budgets, Decision Support and Analysis

Louis Smith

President of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville

  • MHA, Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BBA, Mississippi College
  • Responsible for overseeing continuing development of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and market development in Gainesville
Marti Strand

Marti Strand

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management
  • BBA, Shorter College
  • Responsible for all Revenue Receivables, Reimbursement and Health Information Management
Tracy Vardeman

Tracy Vardeman

Vice President, Strategic Planning & Marketing
  • BS in Business Administration/Marketing and Management, Shorter College
  • MBA, Georgia State University with study emphasis in health administration
  • Responsible for guiding strategic planning and marketing efforts for the Health System

Bo Walpole, MD

Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness

  • MD, Medical College of Georgia
  • MBA, Emory University
  • Responsible for provider technology interaction, data analytics and sharing, improved clinical documentation, waste reduction, cost effectiveness, patient flow and transitions of care. 

Debbie Weber

Chief Human Resource Officer

  • Responsible for workforce planning and recruitment, employee benefits, compensation, human resource information systems, employee wellness, employee education and occupational health and safety.
Anthony Williamson

Anthony Williamson

President of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton
  • MBA, University of Florida
  • MHS, University of Florida
  • BS, Florida State University
  • CHE, Certified Healthcare Executive
  • FACHE, Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Responsible for overseeing continuing development of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton and market development in Greater Braselton


If you have any concerns about patient care and safety at NGMC, or any of its facilities that are not addressed to your satisfaction, please contact us at 770-219-2998.

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