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DeKalb Medical Names New CEO Former COO John Shelton Named to Lead Health System

October 06, 2011

Decatur, GA -- Former DeKalb Medical Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John Shelton, FACHE, will rejoin the health system next month as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Shelton left the System last winter to accept a position at Mobile Infirmary, Alabama’s largest not-for-profit hospital. 

Shelton was instrumental in DeKalb Medical’s revitalization during the past several years, overseeing pivotal enterprise initiatives, including;

  • The opening of DeKalb Medical at Hillandale,
  • The addition of the state-of-the-art patient tower for maternity and surgical services at the North Decatur Road campus,
  • A total campus renovation which resulted in all-private rooms and spa-like décor,
  • The recruitment of a number of physician specialists to the market, and
  • The introduction of the System’s award winning Joint Solutions Center and Heart and Vascular Institute.

"We are thrilled to have John back," said Diane Harden, chief financial officer and interim CEO. "We look forward to continued growth with his leadership."

According to Oliver Lee, chairman of the DeKalb Regional Health System Board of Directors, the Board immediately thought of John when Eric Norwood resigned last month. "John has a good record here. He knows our System and has good relationships with the physicians and staff,” said Lee. "We called him to see if he was interested in taking a step up to a CEO role, and to our delight, he was. We feel confident that under John’s leadership, we will be able to provide the type of healthcare our community wants and deserves," added Lee.

Shelton is expected to return to DeKalb Medical in November.

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, our non-profit health system and DeKalb Medical Physicians have been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961. 

More than just a provider of hospital services, DeKalb Medical has helped usher in a new era of electronic medical records that puts information at your doctor’s fingertips for improved patient safety and outcomes. Our 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds) and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

Media Contact: Tori Vogt MBA
tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org/404.501.2885

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