SGMC appoints Interim CEO amid controversy

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 10, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- South Georgia Medical Center has new leadership at the helm.

The hospital released the following statement on Friday:

"Earlier today, August 10, 2018, The Hospital Authority of Valdosta & Lowndes County, GA announced the departure of South Georgia Medical Center CEO C. Ross Berry.

"The Hospital Authority approved the naming of Bill Forbes, SGMC’s System Project Administrator as interim CEO.

"Mr. Forbes, who is a veteran healthcare administrator, will assume interim responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of SGMC, its campuses and affiliates.

"As interim CEO, Forbes will focus his attentions upon achieving SGMC’s strategic goals and objectives which include improving healthcare quality, safety and patient experience, physician alignment and financial performance."

The announcement comes just weeks after public outcry erupted over the termination of two of the hospital's cardio-thoracic surgeons.