Bradley Nurkin has been named the new President of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), according to an announcement from Carol Burrell, President and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS).
The NGMC President role is a new one for NGHS and is a restructured position from the previous NGHS Chief Operating Officer role, according to Burrell. Nurkin begins this new role on Monday, Aug. 20.
“As both NGHS and NGMC have evolved through the years, the complexity of hospital operations and system functions has expanded dramatically, including mature service line development and an increasing number of related priority initiatives such as patient safety and clinical outcomes,” she says. “Our new NGMC President position more accurately reflects the scope of leadership and accountability focused on the operations of the hospital.”
According to Burrell, Nurkin has an extensive healthcare administration background, most recently serving as President and CEO of Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. There, Nurkin oversaw operations of a 501-bed Level I Trauma Center and teaching hospital, which serves as the flagship in a 13-facility Mountain States Alliance healthcare system. His accomplishments include leading the planning and design of a $70 million surgery center expansion and receiving an outstanding leadership award for clinical excellence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Prior to that, Nurkin served as Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla., which was named the #1 heart surgery hospital in Florida for 2008 and was a five-time recipient of HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. Nurkin’s previous experience also includes CEO of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster, Pa.; CEO of East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro; and Interim CEO and COO of Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Miss.
“Brad is a veteran CEO of successful tertiary hospitals, all of which have been part of broader healthcare system organizations, which will be an important point of reference for this new position as we develop into a two-hospital health system with the opening of NGMC Braselton in Spring 2015,” adds Burrell. “Brad also has a keen focus on quality improvement and a proven track record of sound financial management and delivery of award-winning patient care services. I feel confident that Brad’s vast experience and demonstrated ability will help advance Medical Center operations to the next level of growth and accomplishment.”