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

Roy Griffin

Vice President, Financial Planning & Decision Support
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)

Prenav Jain, MD, FHM

Chief Medical Informatics Officer

  • MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
  • Residency, Internal Medicine. Saint Peter’s University Hospital, NJ
  • AMIA 10 x 10 Certification,  Health Informatics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Responsible for providing strategic guidance to help leverage technology throughout the healthcare system. Focus on workflow integration to provide actionable data at point of care help improve health outcomes of the whole community.
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

Steve Kelly

Chief Compliance Officer
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

Steve McNeilly

Vice President, Managed Care & Integration Strategies
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

Chris Paravate

Chief Information Officer, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • BS in Business Operations, DeVry Institute of Technology
  • MBA, Brenau University
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

Brenda Simpson

Chief Nursing Officer

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
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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