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Hospital names president of planned Braselton location

POSTED: July 31, 2014 11:03 a.m.

Anthony Williamson

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In his role as vice president, Anthony Williamson has served as a key figure for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, often speaking at public gatherings and to the media about the hospital under construction in South Hall.

Now, he’s the hospital’s first president.

The Northeast Georgia Health System announced his promotion Thursday, saying Williamson will oversee operations at the 100-bed hospital, set to open in spring 2015 off Ga. 347 near Ga. 211 in South Hall.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to move into this new role in Braselton,” he said. “I live in this area, so this is also my community hospital, and I take an extra level of pride in the state-of-the-art facility and care plan we have developed in this area.”

Williamson and his wife, Stephanie, live in Hoschton with their daughter.

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he started at the health system in 2005 as vice president of professional services and became its vice president of service line and greater Braselton development in 2010.

Williamson’s past work “has given him a wealth of knowledge about our system’s operations and strategic direction,” said Carol Burrell, the health system’s president and CEO.

He “is intimately involved with each detail leading to the opening of this significant new hospital while also leading strategic development of services in that area,” she said.

“His ability to effectively manage and deliver multiple high-level initiatives has greatly impressed me, and I am so pleased to see him take the helm of this pinnacle facility for NGHS.”

Meanwhile, a national search for a new president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville is still underway.

A recruitment firm has “screened numerous experienced candidates from the nationwide search, and we will begin the interview process in August,” NGMC spokesman Sean Couch said.

In May, officials said they expected that prospective candidates would be identified and interviewed over the next 3-4 months.

An “extensive array of key leaders and stakeholders” within the health system would participate in the interview process, spokeswoman Melissa Tymchuk said at the time, adding the group could include executives, board members and physicians.

The health system began the search after Brad Nurkin resigned in January. He had held the post since August 2012.

Hospital officials hired Wheless Partners, a national executive search firm with an Atlanta office, to help in the search.

Wheless Partners “specializes in health care and has deep experience in hospital and health system (executive) searches,” Tymchuk said.

Instead of naming an interim president, Burrell and other senior leaders are overseeing daily operations during the search, she said.


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