Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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June 5, 2014

Phoebe Sumter names new interim CEO

AMERICUS — John Harding has been named the interim CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, effective June 9.

“We are very pleased to have John come aboard and serve as the interim CEO at Phoebe Sumter as we continue to search for a permanent person for that role,” said Joe Austin, chief operating officer (COO) of the Phoebe Putney Health System. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and has tremendous success in leadership in the healthcare industry, and he will be a welcomed asset not only to Phoebe Sumter but to the community as a whole.”

Harding has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and comes to Southwest Georgia from the Adventist Health System in Orlando, where he acquired increasingly responsible roles by leading turnaround, business improvement and physician recruitment initiatives for diverse hospitals and healthcare systems.  

He was promoted the position of president and CEO of the Florida Hospital in Tampa in 2010, the market’s flagship facility and the second largest hospital in the Adventist Health System. During his tenure, Harding led a directive to expand market share, elevate the brand and implement internal process improvement and patient care initiatives. Before that, he served as president and CEO of the Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough Community Health System (2009-2012) and the president and CEO of Florida Hospital-Zephyrhills (2007-2010).  

During his tenure as pesident and CEO of the Florida Heartland Division (1998-2007), he helped lead the turnaround for a three-hospital system following a relocation to a new site. This included growing market share, developing strong clinical service lines and elevating the overall financial and operating performance of this system.

Harding’s other previous titles includes a multifaceted leadership role with the Florida Health Systems (1994-1998), where he strategized with CEOs of seven hospitals in a five-county region to acquire physician practices, developed and strengthened physician relations and leveraged technology to optimize physician operations; CEO of Savannas Hospital-The Mediplex Group, Inc. in Wellesley, Mass. (1990-1994) and the administrator, Charter Hospital of Mobile-Charter Medical Corporation in Macon (1988-1990).

Originally from Greenville, Tenn., Harding also has Georgia roots as he also spent time in Valdosta and Macon during his childhood years. He earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., and a maters of business administration from Avilla University in Kansas City, Mo. He and his wife Carol have two grown daughters, Julie and Stefanie and two grandchildren, Peyten, a four-year-old and Brady, a six-month-old. When he is not working, he enjoys listening to music and restores classic cars.

 

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