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
Chis Bray

Chris Bray

President and CDO for The Medical Center 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.
John E. Delzell, Jr., MD

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, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • 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.
Tad Gomez

Tad Gomez

Vice President, Professional & Support Services

  • MS, Ohio State University
  • Responsible for overseeing oversees plant operations, facility planning, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, nutritional services, environmental services and security
Roy Griffin

Roy Griffin

Vice President, Financial Planning & Decision Support, Northeast Georgia Health System

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

Chad Hatfield

President, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow
  • BS, West Virginia University Institute of Technology 
  • MHA, Virginia Commonwealth University -- Medical College of Virginia
  • Responsible for overseeing continuing development of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow and market development in Barrow county
Sam Johnson - Small

Sam Johnson, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Medical Affairs, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • 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, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • 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.
Sonja McLendon

Sonja McLendon

Chief of Operational Excellence, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • 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, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • 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.
Linda Nicholson

Linda Nicholson, CPA

Vice President, Finance/Controller, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • BS in Accounting, University of Georgia
  • Responsible for financial reporting and operations including Accounting, Payroll, Cost Accounting, and CMS cost reporting for the Health System and entities

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, DNP, RN, CENP

Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Patient Care, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • BSN, Tennessee State University
  • DNP, University of South Alabama
  • Responsible for overseeing nursing services at NGMC’s hospitals.

Louis Smith

President, System Acute and Post-Acute Operations, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville

  • MHA, Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BBA, Mississippi College
  • Responsible for all NGHS hospital-related acute and post-acute clinical services, supporting operations and related service lines, overseeing continuing development of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and market development in Gainesville
Brian Steines

Brian Steines

Chief Financial Officer, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • 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

John Turner

Vice President, Post-Acute Care, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • BS, University of Florida
  • MBA, East Tennessee State University
Tracy Vardeman

Tracy Vardeman

Chief Strategy Executive, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • 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

Penny Vigneau

Vice President, Heart & Vascular Services, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Michigan State University
  • Master’s Degree, University of Chicago
  • Master’s Degree, West Virginia University
  • Responsible for the execution of business development initiatives in accordance with the strategic plan and ensures the promotion of positive community relations.

Tina Walden

Vice President, Operations, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

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

Bo Walpole, MD

Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • 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, Northeast Georgia Health System

  • 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

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


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