MAGGIE GILL’S UPS AND DOWNS IN RUNNING THE MEMORIAL HEALTH HOSPITAL

The Georgia Medical Association holds their annual health care heroes awards every year. In 2016 awards held in November, the Memorial Health team shone in glory after they took away seven of the awards. The team won awards in the following categories; health care education, innovation and institution. I also gained two winners in the physician lifetime achievement and community outreach categories. Maggie Gill, the CEO and president of Memorial Health commented on the same stating that she was very proud of the team and that the team’s actions benefit not only them but the community at large now and in the future.

Before joining the Memorial Health in 2004, Maggie worked at Tenet Healthcare where she worked for ten years and won the outstanding CFO awards for three consecutive years. She acquired a master’s in business administration at Saint Leo University. Previously she had studied English language and literature in her bachelor’s degree at the Florida State University. She worked at the Memorial Health since 2004 and gained the CEO position in 2008 where she served as an interim CEO until 2009 but she generally held the position until 2011.

Memorial Health is one of the few hospitals in the state that do not received any form of special funding. The hospital has previously faced financial issues that the CEO tackled gracefully. She came up with ways in which she could reduce the hospital expenditure and save the hospital approximately 7.6 million dollars. In one of the attempts to keep the hospital afloat, Maggie and the Memorial Health board began negotiations for partnership with Novant Health Inc. The negotiations turned futile after Memorial Health agreed to the partnership and the Chatham County Hospital Authority became involved in the negotiations complicating the issue.

However Novant health Inc. has agreed to continue supporting the hospital’s trauma and the neonatal intensive care unit. Maggie commented on this stating that it was very disappointing since the agreement would have resulted in approximately 295 million dollars injection into the hospital fund. This funds as the hospitals stakeholders claim would have gone into making the hospital a better institution for its patients.