System Administration

Carol Burrell

President and CEO

  • 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


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Andrei Boyarshinov

Chief Legal Officer

  • Juris Doctor, University of Florida
  • Responsible for integrating legal strategy throughout the health system’s operations, proactively working in concert with multiple constituencies including physician leadership and administration to assure regulatory compliance and making legal expertise a competitive advantage.

Chris Bray

President and CDO, Northeast Georgia Health System Foundation

  • BA in History and Political Science, University of South Florida
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
  • Responsible for all philanthropic programs supporting Northeast Georgia Health System.

Michael Covert

Chief Operating Officer

  • BS, MHA, Washington University
  • Responsible for administrative and operational functions of our acute care facilities.

John E. Delzell, Jr., MD

Designated Institutional Official, VP Medical Education

  • MD, MPH, University of Missouri
  • Responsible for oversight and administration of all aspects of NGMC’s GME program, including compliance with all specialty, subspecialty and institutional requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Elyse Gates

Vice President, Revenue Cycle

  • BS in Psychology, University of Florida
  • Responsible for overseeing Revenue Cycle for the Health System, which includes: patient access, centralized scheduling, patient financial services, system patient receivables, physician central billing office, health information management, physician and hospital coding, physician and hospital charge capture and utilization management.

Roy Griffin

Vice President, Financial Operations

  • BS in Accounting, Alabama State University
  • MACC, University of South Florida
  • MBA, University of Tampa
  • Responsible for financial planning, budgeting, and decision support services

Steve Kelly

Chief Compliance Officer

  • JD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Postgraduate Law Degree in Health Law, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with changing healthcare trends, guidelines, laws and government regulations.

Kevin Matson, Vice President, Facilities & Support Services

Kevin Matson

Vice President, Facilities, Support Services and Oncology

  • BBA, Brenau University
  • MHA, Ohio University
  • Responsible for Facilities Engineering, Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Security and Emergency Management

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 overseeing continuous improvement efforts including developing standard work, deploying breakthrough strategies, executing A3 problem-solving, applying lean methodology and enhancing daily visual management.

Steve McNeilly

Vice President, Managed Care & Integration Strategies

  • BA, University of North Georgia
  • MBA, Brenau University
  • Responsible for value-based contracting, the Health Partners network and continued development of a new network – called HP2 – with area physicians/providers as they explore innovative strategies for alignment with payers and employers.

Chris Paravate

Chief Information Officer

  • 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

Antonio Rios, MD

Chief of Population Health

  • Medical Degree: La Salle University, Mexico
  • Fellowship: Emory University in Atlanta

Habib Samady, MD

Heart & Vascular Clinical Service Line Leader, Northeast Georgia Medical Center

  • MD, University of Sheffield, England
  • Residency, University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut
  • Fellowship, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Responsible for overseeing all clinical and administrative operations of NGMC’s Heart & Vascular Service Line, which includes ensuring clinical quality, streamlining patient care and advancing services.

Brian Steines

Chief Financial Officer

  • BSBPA in Accounting, University of Arizona
  • MBA, University of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Responsible for financial planning, reporting, investments, capital formation, treasury, risk management, internal audit, managed care and Health Partners (PPO Network)

Daniel Tuffy

President & CAO, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

  • BS in Health Services Administration, University of Central Florida
  • MBA, Webster University

Melissa Tymchuk

Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Executive Officer

  • BA, University of Georgia
  • ABJ, University of Georgia
  • MBA, Brenau University
  • System Responsibility for Board Governance and Senior Project Coordination

Tracy Vardeman

Chief Strategy Executive

  • 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

Tina Walden

Vice President, Heart & Vascular Services

  • BS in Management Studies, University of Maryland
  • MBA, Brenau University

Anthony Williamson

Southern Market Leader and President, 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 strategic market oversight for the greater Braselton and Barrow service area

Bedri Yusuf, MD

Chief Physician Executive, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

  • Medical Degree: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Residency: Leipzig University, Germany and Atlanta Medical Center
  • MBA: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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