Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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September 13, 2010

New hospital CEO named

Cordele — Steven L. Gautney, presently the president of Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega, AL, has been named new CEO of Crisp Regional Health Services.

The announcement was made Friday by Roe Davis, chairman of the Crisp Regional Hospital board of directors. Gautney will assume his new duties Oct. 1.

Retired CEO Wayne Martin has filled the position on an interim basis since January of 2010 when he returned following the resignation of Skip Wright. “I will serve until a new administrator is named,” Martin said at that time.

“I’m excited and feel like we’ve located and acquired a professional individual who will continue our success with health care,” says Davis.

“We spent quite a bit of time looking for a new administrator, and we feel like we have found the right person,” the board chairman added.

Gautney is in a situation very similar to Cordele’s in Talledega, Davis says. “He is very professional and a gentleman. We look forward to working with him.”

Gautney’s wife also is involved in healthcare and is quite talented, Davis says.

Gautney has been in his present position at Citizens Baptist Medical Center for the past 10 years. Prior to that time, he was senior vice president for operations from 1991-1996 and vice president for administration/chief operation officer there and at Coosa Valley Baptist Hospital from 1996-2000.

He holds a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing and a masters degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Gautney also is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He is active in the Talladega community where he serves on the American Red Cross board of directors, on the Alabama Hospital Association Northeast Council, the Talladega City School Foundation, the Oxford House board of directors and the City of Talladega Planning and Zoning Commission.

In the past, he has been a Chamber of Commerce board member, served on several advisory boards, chaired the professional division of the United Way in Talladega County and served as chairman of the board for the Leadership Counsel of North Talladega County.

He has  been president of the Northeast Alabama Regional Hospital Council and served on the board of directors for the Alabama Hospital Association and the First Family Service Center.

A native of Gadsden, AL, Gautney and his wife, a registered nurse, have three sons.


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