David Castleberry, Chief Executive Officer of Upson Regional Medical Center (URMC) for the past seven years, is resigning to take a position in Savannah. URMC confirmed his resignation Monday morning with a news release stating he has given 90 days notice before his departure to a ‘career advancing opportunity’ in Savannah.’
Castleberry came to URMC in 2008 from Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed medical center in Hartsville, S.C. Prior to that, he had also served in Healthcare Management at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., East Georgia Medical Center, in Statesboro, and in physician practice management in Jackson, Miss. and Dahlonega, Ga.
A native of Georgia, Castleberry earned a business degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University in Gainesville.
Earlier this year, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA).
Since joining Upson Regional in October of 2008, Castleberry has led the hospital to state and national recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction and growth in facilities as well as providers.
Castleberry has also overseen the construction of the Medical Office Building in Barnesville, renovation of the Tyler Building in Thomaston, and the construction of a new hospital cafeteria. New and ongoing projects include the construction of a new Medical Office Building in Thomaston, and the addition of a cardiac catheterization lab.
Most notably, Castleberry is responsible for the recruitment of needed primary care and specialty providers, including the addition of an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Dr. Nancy Butler, who will start in December of this year.
Board Chairman Bill Hightower said, “We appreciate David’s service to our hospital and community and wish him well in his new role.” Hightower added, “The board’s focus is to ensure a smooth transition and continued excellence in hospital leadership going forward.”
A meeting of the Board of Directors of Upson County Hospital, Inc., will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Board Room of Upson Regional Medical Center, located at 801 W. Gordon Street in Thomaston. The agenda of the meeting will be to discuss personnel.