Forgey Resigns As Hutcheson's Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The chairman of the Board for Hutcheson Medical Center announced that Roger Forgey has resigned as the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. Mr. Forgey, who has served as Hutcheson’s president and CEO since February 2012 as part of a management agreement between Hutcheson and Erlanger, will exit the Hutcheson organization on Nov. 30.

Hutcheson Board Chairman Corky Jewell said that Mr. Forgey has been crucial to the hospital’s turnaround. He said, “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.”

Mr. Forgey is credited with revitalizing hospital operations by rebuilding Hutcheson’s core medical services of general surgery, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, hospitalist medicine, and expanded its outpatient presence with the addition of six new clinics.  He actively re-engaged the physician base and under his leadership, the medical staff has substantially grown. Financially, the hospital has shown remarkable improvement with the first positive monthly financial reports in over seven years and has experienced a $14 million improvement in the last two years.  Prior to his role at Hutcheson, Mr. Forgey served as Erlanger’s chief administrative officer.  

“Roger has excelled in his leadership role at Hutcheson, restoring the hospital’s financial position and reputation in the community. We look forward to having him continue to use his considerable skills and talent as part of Erlanger’s executive team,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, president and CEO of the Erlanger Health System.  

Darrell Weldon, MD, who serves as the chairman of the Hospital Authority, commended Mr. Forgey for his leadership as CEO.  “Roger has done an outstanding job.  He has implemented progressive new ideas to move Hutcheson into the future, and we have been fortunate to have him successfully lead the hospital during this period.”

Hutcheson’s board chairman and Erlanger officials reported that between now and Nov. 30, Mr. Forgey will assist with the transition to the interim CEO, who is expected to be named shortly.  

“It has been a distinct honor to serve this community,” said Mr.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.”

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