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DeKalb Medical Names Leaders to Key Positions

February 27, 2013
Continuing to grow its new mission, vision and values, DeKalb Medical has hired key leadership positions in its health system in recent months. Each of these non-clinical and clinical leaders brings a wealth of experience and innovative methods to strengthen the culture of DeKalb Medical. 

Most recently John Katsianis was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Katsianis joined the organization with more than 27 years of executive finance experience. Previously, he served as Regional Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout his career, he has overseen traditional finance functions and several major operating functions. He has demonstrated the ability to enter an organization, quickly analyze its operating results, and develop goal-oriented priorities to achieve results that make a difference. He earned a masters degree in business administration from Benedictine University and has two Bachelor of Science degrees, in accounting and finance from University of Illinois at Chicago.  

LeRoy Walker was named Vice President of Human Resources. Walker joined the organization with more than 25 years of health care experience. Previously, he served as Service Area Vice President of Human Resources for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, a 765-bed system in Henderson, Nevada. While in this role Walker managed area-wide human resource strategy and implementation. He helped increase employee satisfaction from the 25th percentile to the 96th percentile, and he helped develop Roseman University, an on-campus facility for nursing students. Walker has a results-driven track record in areas such as employee/labor relations, compensation and benefits, recruitment, and organizational development.

DeKalb Medical named Roy “Reg” Gilbreath, M.D., F.A.C.P., as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. He joined the organization with more than 30 year of clinical experience, including serving as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Georgetown Hospital System in Georgetown, South Carolina. While in this role he was influential in leading the organization to Lean Six Sigma transformation, improving service excellence and implementing effective, organizational-culture change. Gilbreath also served as Chief Medical Officer for Gwinnett Hospital System for nearly 10 years. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before completing his master of business degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Susan E. Breslin, M.S.N., R.N., N.E.-B.C, was named Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. Breslin had over 20 years of nursing leadership experience, and has served as a Chief Nursing Officer since 1999.  She has already made an impact in the patient care experience by being consistently visible to patients and creating ideas for a better work environment for the nursing staff. She has made it her goal to continue developing professional nurses, and delivering safe, quality, compassionate care to every patient at DeKalb Medical. Breslin earned her bachelor of nursing degree from George Mason University, her master of nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in nursing at the University of South Alabama.

About DeKalb Medical: With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical (www.dekalbmedical.org) combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, the DeKalb Medical system has been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs for 50 years. The 627-bed not-for-profit health system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds) and the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group. 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). Like us at www.facebook.com/dekalbmedical.

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