Hutcheson Medical Center CEO Roger Forgey leaving the hospital

Hutcheson Medical Center CEO Roger Forgey leaving the hospital

October 31st, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Roger Forgey

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Hutcheson Medical Center

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Hutcheson Medical Center's President and CEO Roger Forgey will exit on Nov. 30.

Forgey, whom Hutcheson officials credit with helping revitalize the troubled Fort Oglethorpe hospital, took over in February 2012 and led a management team from Erlanger Health System.

But in August, Hutcheson officials decided to cut its ties with Erlanger. The hospital board has requested proposals from other health care providers to take over the hospital's management and should make a decision Nov. 11.

Hutcheson announced his resignation this afternoon.

Hutcheson's Board Chairman and Erlanger officials stated that between now and Nov. 30, Forgey will assist with the transition to the interim CEO, who is expected to be named shortly.

"Roger has shown exemplary leadership as Hutcheson's CEO and successfully led the hospital through a very critical period of revitalization. By solidifying core operations and expanding the medical staff, he has enabled Hutcheson to be operationally profitable and a viable, much needed community hospital in North Georgia," Hutcheson Board Chairman Corky Jewell said in a statement.

"It has been a distinct honor to serve this community," stated Forgey. "To play a key role in adding back necessary medical services, building a great team, and turning around the financials at Hutcheson has been one of the great pleasures of my life."

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.