Atlantic General Hospital, a regional hospital in Maryland announced a search for new leadership following the departure of its most recent chief executive officer, according to a Wednesday news release.
The hospital delivered the announcement via news release one week after a groundbreaking on a new affiliated medical center, the Atlantic General Gudelsky Family Medical Center, where the then-President and CEO Michael Franklin gave remarks. His departure after 17 years became effective on Sept. 3, according to the news release. The center will be on Racetrack Road in Ocean Pines.
“We thank Michael for his commitment and professionalism over the past 17 years and wish him great success,” said chairperson of the board of Trustees Greg Shockley.
Shockley and the board said the hospital has retained a national search firm to identify the next CEO. Meanwhile, Sally Dowling, vice president of medical affairs, and Kim Justice, vice president, planning/operations, will serve as co-interim president and CEO.
“The board has full confidence in Kim and Dr. Dowling to lead our independent community hospital,” Shockley said. “We appreciate all that our associates and caregivers, our medical staff, our senior leadership team and our boards do to continue to provide the highest level of service and care for our community.”
Atlantic General Hospital and Health System, an independent community hospital, serves Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland, as well as Sussex County in Delaware.