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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Names
Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders as its CEO of the Year

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) honored Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health, as its 2014 CEO of the Year.

Every year, the GACH recognizes a CEO who has helped push their institution to be successful, while also continuing efforts to provide world class care and community benefit. The CEO of the Year honor is given to the hospital leader who uses skill and constructive imagination to see how much can be given for a dollar, instead of how little.

"Hospital leaders are facing more challenges than ever before and we see some of the greatest innovation and leadership each year when we select our CEO to honor," said GACH President Monty Veazey. "Dr. Saunders has taken a strong hospital and made its future even more compelling. She exemplifies dedication and excellence and that is why the Alliance is proud to recognize her as our 2014 CEO of the Year."

This year, the Alliance honored Dr. Saunders for her leadership as President and CEO of Navicent Health, previously named Central Georgia Health System. Dr. Saunders demonstrates unwavering passion while serving the unique needs of rural communities, transforming services and access points for care and improving the scale, scope and skills of hospital facilities and staff. She is also the co-founder of Stratus Healthcare, a collaborative partnership of 29 hospitals in central and south Georgia, including 18 rural hospitals.

Dr. Saunders' dedication has not gone unnoticed. She is an active member of the Governor's Georgia Cancer Coalition, a Distinguished Faculty at Emory University, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, board member of the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and was named one of Georgia's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" in 2013.

About the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) has been working for the best interests of community not-for-profit hospitals and Georgia's health care consumers since its founding in 1983. The Alliance is dedicated to furthering the ability of community hospitals to fulfill their primary mission of serving their communities. To this end, it serves as a resource to its member and a leading expert in advocating for sound health care policies and regulations.

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, a rural critical access hospital; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe Hospice, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Medcen Community Health Foundation, Navicent Health, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services.

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Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders