Sumter announces change in hospital leadership

Press Release

SUMTER COUNTY, GA - Officials with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center have announced a change in leadership for the Americus hospital effective July 1.

Chief Executive Officer David Seagraves will be leaving the organization June 30 to pursue other opportunities. Seagraves has been at Sumter Regional for 23 years and led the organization through the post tornado recovery and rebuilding the temporary Sumter East facility.

"David has been an exceptional leader through a very difficult recovery," said Joel Wernick, president/CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, which is expected to assume operations of the hospital July 1. "I know the community joins all of us in wishing him well and in thanking him for the tireless work he has done here."

Wernick said a search will be conducted for a CEO and an interim CEO will serve until the hiring process is completed.

Troy Hammett, chief financial officer, has accepted a position in his home state of Ohio. Two other management positions, chief operating officer and vice president of external operations and marketing, have previously been eliminated.

The Phoebe Health System Board recently elected a board of directors for the hospital made up of Sumter County residents Connie Blanchard, Ph.D.; Michael Shane Busman, M.D.; Lara Pennington Gill; Brad Lafevers; Robbie S. Latimore, Ed.D.;  and Frederick McLaughlin, Ed.D. Joel Wernick and Dr. Frank Middleton were elected chairman and vice chairman respectively and are expected to serve for the transition period.  Kerry Loudermilk, Phoebe CFO, is the other member of the board.

"As tragic as the tornado of March 1, 2007, was for our hospital and our community, I have never doubted  we would find a way to rebuild and provide the community with a brand new, modern facility that will be the envy of rural communities throughout the nation," Seagraves wrote in a letter to employees. "This has been our collective vision ever since the morning of March 2, 2007, and the new partnership with Phoebe now ensures it will be achieved."

The lease agreement between Sumter Regional and Phoebe is expected to be approved by the Georgia attorney general in the coming weeks.

Courtesy: Phoebe Sumter Medical Center