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Northeast Georgia Medical names CEO

GAINESVILLE — Northeast Georgia Medical Center promoted within to find its new president and CEO.

Carol H. Burrell, formerly the health system’s vice president and chief operating officer, was given her new titles recently. She had served as interim CEO since November, when former hospital official Jim Gardner announced his departure.

“I feel blessed to be able to follow those who have served and led this organization over the past six decades to become a recognized leader in the health care industry, both locally and nationally,” Burrell said in a statement. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with staff, physicians and board leadership to help continue that tradition and further advance the health care services that we provide to our region.”

Burrell, a native of Carl, started her career as a medical technologist in the late 1970s before returning to school to complete her master’s degree in health care administration at Central Michigan University.

She served as vice president of the St. Vincent’s Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., prior to coming to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Burrell was promoted to vice president and COO in 2004.

“Professionally, Carol’s diverse career reflects her innate ability and business acumen in developing, restructuring and advancing a wide range of health care divisions,” NGHS board chair Mary Lynn Coyle said. “On a personal level, her integrity, grace and empathy personify the values that are the cornerstone of our organization.”