AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The CEO of Georgia Regents Medical Center and Medical Associates and Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs for GRU will step down effective June 30.
David S. Hefner will pursue opportunities outside of the Augusta area, according to a press release from the university, but will continue to work in a strategic capacity on behalf of GRHealth.
University officials said Hefner was "instrumental in leading the transformation of the clinical enterprise into an integrated, world-class health system."
He spearheaded several major enterprise initiatives including the signing of a 15-year, $300 million alliance with Royal Philips to improve outcomes and deliver more effective, cost-efficient health care; the transfer and incorporation of Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals, the pursuit of a Certificate of Need to build a 21st-century community teaching hospital in Columbia County; and the launch of GRAChIE, an electronic health information exchange created in partnership with the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Hefner joined the leadership team in 2011 as Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs for what was then MCG Health System, Inc.
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Chair of the Georgia Regents Medical Associates Board of Trustees, member of the Georgia Regents Health System Board of Directors, and Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, will serve as interim CEO of the Georgia Regents Medical Center and the Georgia Regents Medical Associates, and interim Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Georgia Regents University.
A national search will commence immediately for a permanent replacement.