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N. Ga. health system names new president for Gainesville hospital
Nurkin to take over restructured position Aug. 20
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Bradley Nurkin

Northeast Georgia Health System on Friday named a new president for Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Bradley Nurkin will fill the role starting Aug. 20, a position restructured from the previous chief operating officer role, according to NGHS CEO Carol Burrell.

“Our new NGMC president position more accurately reflects the scope of leadership and accountability focused on the operations of the hospital,” Burrell said, noting that hospital operations are expanding with more services being offered and new initiatives coming online.

Burrell said the system did a national search using an executive recruitment firm, screening multiple candidates.

“We were fortunate to have input from our senior executive team, board leadership and physicians about the candidates’ fit with our organization as we made this important decision,” she said.

Nurkin was not available for comment Friday.

According to a news release from the hospital, he most recently served as president and CEO of Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee, where he oversaw operations of a 501-bed Level I Trauma Center and teaching hospital.

He led the planning and design of a $70 million surgery center expansion and received an outstanding leadership award for clinical excellence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the release.

Prior to his time in Tennessee he served as CEO of Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla.; 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 health care 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,” Burrell said.

“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.”